The contributing authors of this publication are internationally recognized as percussion artists and pedagogues. They share their own thoughts and strategies to help the reader deliver more engaging rehearsals and performances that focus on the percussion ensemble. The authors’ inspiring stories will help each reader lead their own ensembles to higher degrees of understanding and musical accomplishment.
The percussion ensemble is in many ways at the heart of my curriculum.
Eastman School of Music
My hope is that the hours spent in rehearsal serve the whole person and all of their music making experiences, regardless of the marching or concert setting.
Middle Tennessee State University
The percussion experience is so unique in its combination of precision, expression, and uniformity.
University of Massachusetts Amherst
DCI Hall of Fame
As I’ve gained more experience as an ensemble director, I realize I spend considerable time on the mental game of excellence.
Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps
In addition to learning great music, Percussion Ensemble is an important laboratory for the essential musical skills of accountability, leadership, and teamwork.
University of Michigan
I find any percussion ensemble to be a great vehicle to teach some fundamental concepts and principles of music.
University of North Texas
Santa Clara Vanguard, DCI Hall of Fame
Rehearsals should be focused, efficient, and (most importantly) fun.
Third Coast Percussion
Utilizing the percussion ensemble to teach technique and musicianship is a great approach for any program—and the music is amazing!
—Brian A. West
Texas Christian University
Music is my conduit to develop the individual, and percussion ensemble allows me to develop musical and personal growth in a group setting.
University of North Carolina Greensboro
This book will provide valuable insights for musical directions, stylistic interpretations, rehearsal technique, color blending, programming, and much more!
Not only is this book absolutely essential for school and college percussion teachers, it should be a ‘must read’ for all percussion pedagogy courses.