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Contemporary Percussion Ensemble

The percussion ensemble is a relatively recent development in the field of music. The first purely percussion music was written in the 1930s, and since 1980 this medium has gained tremendous recognition throughout the world. The Contemporary Percussion Ensemble in the ASU Herberger Institute School of Music strives to increase performer and audience awareness of the contributions to the literature by major composers, such as Edgard Varese, Lou Harrison, John Cage and Steve Reich, as well as new literature.

J. B. Smith, director of percussion studies, and Faculty Associate Simone Mancuso direct the group. In past years the ensemble toured Russia and Poland and performed at the 1991, 2002 and 2006 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions.

Most members are music majors, but non-majors are welcome to join the ensemble. Selected literature is based on the ensemble members' abilities and experience.

CONCERTS FOR 2017-2018
Sunday, November 19, 2017
7:30 p.m.
Katzin Concert Hall

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
7:30 p.m.
Katzin Concert Hall

 

COURSE CREDIT

Course Credit: 

Undergraduates: MUP 385 Topic: Contemporary
Graduates: MUP 585 Topic: Contemporary
1 credit

REHEARSALS

Rehearsals: 

Tuesdays and Thursdays
11:50 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.Music WB10

CONTACT

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Audition Information

Audition Information: 

An audition is not required for music majors. Non-majors should prepare short compositions for snare drum and keyboard percussion. Contact J. B. Smith to arrange a time during the week before classes begin.

Additional information: 

An override is required for students to register for the class. Once permission is received to join the band, send your name and ASU student ID number to J. B. Smith.