Percussion Area

Overview

The percussion program at Colorado State University is a comprehensive approach to the study and performance of literature in all styles and idioms of music. The percussion curriculum is designed to develop musicianship, technical proficiency, cultural awareness, and technological literacy in both performance and pedagogy. Regardless of degree concentration, the percussion curriculum creates periods of study that are curriculum driven and periods that are student driven, based on the individual student’s interests, goals, and needs. Graduate students may choose to specialize in one or more areas as they work toward degree recital requirements.

The goal of percussion studies is to provide professional-level experiences and opportunities for all students that will foster growth through self-discipline, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Successful students will embrace these challenges and others as they develop a passion for life-long learning that will lead to a rewarding career.

The Percussion Studio averages 18–22 students.

Study With

Eric Hollenbeck

Coordinator of Percussion
Associate Professor of Percussion

Eric.Hollenbeck@colostate.edu

(970) 491-4054

Shilo Stroman

Special Assistant Professor of Percussion, Marching Band Drumline, Jazz Studies

Shilo.Stroman@colostate.edu

(970) 491-4054

Percussion Events

Virtuoso Series Concert, Shilo Stroman, Percussion

September 18, 2017 at 7:30 PM
CSU faculty member Shilo Stroman has assembled a “killer” band for the recital of covers featuring a diverse set of female-led rock, punk, and funk artists!

Guest Artist: Payton MacDonald, Percussion / FREE

September 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM
The extraordinary Payton MacDonald gives a recital involving multiple percussion instruments utilized in a varied and interesting fashion. Described by the Los Angeles Times as an "...inventive, stylistically omnivorous composer and gifted performer...," MacDonald is a full professor of music at William Paterson University and is co-artistic director of SHASTRA, an organization bringing together music [...]

Percussion Ensemble Concert

October 8, 2017 at 6:00 PM
With Guest Peter Ferry, Percussion The concert features the music of Elliot Cole, performed with guest percussionist Peter Ferry. Proclaimed by the New York Times as a "charismatic contemporary bard,” Cole’s work has been performed by A Far Cry, the Chicago Composers Orchestra, Metropolis Ensemble, the Lucerne Festival Academy, and over 100 percussion ensembles around [...]

Percussion News

May 2017 Faculty Notes: Celebrate! CSU Milestones mark

May 2017 Faculty Notes

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College of Liberal Arts Awards The May 2017 Faculty Notes highlights the annual College of Liberal Arts Awards. On April 11 in the Longs Peak Room, Dr. Dan Goble, director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, received the Distinction in Advancement Award; Dr. Eric Hollenbeck, associate professor of percussion, received the Faculty Development Award; […]

March 2017 Faculty Notes

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Wes Kenney, director of orchestras at CSU, had a rewarding start to 2017! It was announced by the Fort Collins Symphony Association’s board president Rhett B. Strom that Maestro Kenney signed a five-year contract extension as music director of the 67-year-old organization. Now in his fourteenth year with the symphony, the award-winning conductor will continue […]

CSU Symphonic Band performs dramatic ‘Made in Europe’

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March 2, 2017 By Emma Turner – reprinted with permission from the Collegian. Patrons of music gathered in the University Center for the Arts’ Griffin Concert Hall Tuesday night to hear the Colorado State University Symphonic Band. The performance was titled “Made in Europe” and featured four pieces from various European romantic and 20th century […]

Ensembles

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Percussion Ensemble

The Percussion Ensemble performs a variety of traditional and contemporary works on a wide variety of instruments. Ensemble membership is required for all percussion majors as it is integral to the development of a contemporary percussionist. The CSU Percussion Ensemble accepted an invitation to perform at the 2010 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis, Ind. A performance at PASIC is one of the highest awards a collegiate percussion ensemble can achieve; the ensemble was given the New Music Literature Session, which is one of the longest and most well attended sessions at the convention.

Directed by Eric Hollenbeck

Percussion Ensemble

RamPan Band

This group specializes in the music of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as popular and jazz standards.

Marching Band Drumline

The drumline is a key component of the CSU Marching Band. It takes individual and ensemble playing skills to be successful in the drumline.

Directed by Shilo Stroman.

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Vasanta Percussion Quartet

Formed in 2009 at Colorado State University, the Vasanta Percussion Quartet is a champion of a wide variety of percussion instruments and styles with a special interest in new music. The quartet works as an educational outreach by bringing new and fresh music to new ears. Current members: Leo Canale, Eric Hollenbeck, Jeremy Maytum, and Shilo Stroman.

Instruments

Bells / Xylophones / Vibes

Adams Bells
Adams Bells
Fall Creek Bells
Fall Creek Bells
Yamaha Silver Vibe
Yamaha Silver Vibe
Adams Concert Xylophone
Adams Concert Xylophone
Musser Bells
Musser Bells
Adams Soloist Xylophone
Adams Soloist Xylophone
Mallet Kat
Mallet Kat
Adams Vibe
Adams Vibe
Yamaha Low C Vibe
Yamaha Low C Vibe

Chimes

Adams Chimes
Adams Chimes
Musser Chimes
Musser Chimes

Marimbas

Adams Marimba
Adams Marimba
Musser M250
Musser M250
Marimba One Marimba
Marimba One Marimba
Marimba One, Marimba #2
Marimba One, Marimba #2
Malletech Imperial Grand
Malletech Imperial Grand

Snare Drums

Clevelander 6.5 Snare Drum
Clevelander 6.5 Snare Drum
Pearl Phil 36" Mahogany Bass Drums
Pearl Phil 36" Mahogany Bass Drums
Pearl Philharmonic Maple 5" Snare Drum
Pearl Philharmonic Maple 5" Snare Drum
Grover Field Drum
Grover Field Drum
Pearl Philharmonic Aluminum 4" Snare Drum
Pearl Philharmonic Aluminum 4" Snare Drum
Pearl Philharmonic Solid Maple 5" Snare Drum
Pearl Philharmonic Solid Maple 5" Snare Drum
Leedy Field Drum
Leedy Field Drum
Pearl Philharmonic Aluminum 6.5" Snare Drum
Pearl Philharmonic Aluminum 6.5" Snare Drum
Pearl Philharmonic Maple 6.5" Snare Drum
Pearl Philharmonic Maple 6.5" Snare Drum
Ludwig Field Drum
Ludwig Field Drum
Pearl Philharmonic 14 x 12" Field Drum
Pearl Philharmonic 14 x 12" Field Drum
Slingerland Tenor Drum
Slingerland Tenor Drum

Drum Kits

Pearl Big Band Kit
Pearl Big Band Kit
Sonor Kit
Sonor Kit
Yamaha Kit
Yamaha Kit

Timpani

Adams Philharmonic Timpani
Adams Philharmonic Timpani
Adams Pro. Gen. II Timpani
Adams Pro. Gen. II Timpani
Ludwig Timpani
Ludwig Timpani
Yamaha Timpani
Yamaha Timpani

Guest Artists

  • 2015-2016 - John W. Parks, Ivan Trevino, Percunova (Neeraj Mehta and Jonathan Ovalle), Mike Tetrault, Adam Blackstock, Michael Pattman
  • 2014-2015 - Scott Shinbara, Rob Marino, Lisa Pegher, Andrew Beall, Payton MacDonald, Keith Aleo, Rusty Burge, Marcos Santos
  • 2013-2014 - Allison Miller, Matt Coley, Thom Hasenpflug, Ji Hye Jung, Brian Zator, Thad Anderson
  • 2012-2013 - Christopher Deane, Susan Powell, Joey Krieger, Svet Stoyanov, Joe Gramley, Third Coast Percussion Group
  • 2011-2012 - Robert Van Sice, John Riley, Greg Harris, Brad Dutz, Mike Tetrault, Paul Vaillancourt, Line Upon Line Percussion Ensemble
  • 2010-2011 - Steve Hearn, Mike Tetrault
  • 2009-2010 - Kevin Bobo, Mark Ford, John Lane, Steve Hearn
  • 2008-2009 - She-e Wu, Tom Burritt, Mario Pelusi, Steve Hearn, Payton MacDonald, Steve Schick
  • 2007-2008 - Chris Norton, Tony Di Sanza, Kris Keeton, Mike Tetrault, Lisa Pegher,
  • 2006-2007 - Anders Astrand, Nate Bartlet, Susan Powell, John Riley
  • 2005-2006 - Blake Tyson, Scott Herring, Peter Martin, John W. Parks IV
  • 2004-2005 - Bob Becker, Nate Barlett, Mike Marlier, J.B. Smith, John Kinzie, Jim White
  • 2003-2004 - Steve Smith, Bushon Sopori, Nancy Zeltsman

Undergraduate Auditions

Freshman Audition Requirements:

  • Snare drum: Contest solo from Peters, Cirone, Wilcoxon, Whaley, or the equivalent.
  • Mallet Percussion: Major/Natural Minor/Harmonic Minor Scales 2 octaves, Contest solo or etude for 2 mallets AND a Contest solo or etude for 4 mallets.
  • Timpani: Contest solo or etude for at least 3 drums that includes rolls
  • Drum set: A demonstration of basic styles, i.e., Swing (trade 4’s), Latin, Rock.

Additional Requirements for Freshman Audition:

  • Snare drum rudiments from the PAS 40 Rudiments performed open-closed-open. Sight-reading on mallets.

Transfer Audition Requirements (demonstrate the following areas):

  • Snare drum: Etudes reflecting a concert and rudimental approach, i.e., Concert: Peters, Delecluse, Cirone: Rudimental: Wilcoxon; Pratt or equivalent.
  • Mallet Percussion: J.S. Bach transcription (2 or 4 mallet)
  • Four-Mallet suggested repertoire: Burritt: October Night, Deane: Etude for a Quiet Hall, Dietz: Madison’s Unicorn, Edwards: Marimba Dances, Klatzow: Inyanga, Sammut: Four Rotations, Smadbeck: Virginia Tate, Tanaka: Two Mvts. For Marimba, Stasack: Six Elegies Dancing, Stout: Astral Dance, Yoshioka: Suites 1-3
  • Timpani: Etude or Solo i.e., Delecluse, Hochrainer, Carter, or equivalent.
  • Drum Set: (demonstration of basic Swing, Rock, and Latin styles as listed below, and trade fours in each style)

Additional Requirements for Transfer Audition:

  • Snare drum rudiments from the PAS 40 - open/closed/open
  • Major and minor (natural, harmonic) scales (two octaves)
  • Sight-reading on mallets and snare drum

Graduate Auditions

Sight reading: expect to read on marimba and snare drum.

All applicants must perform in all listed major areas; please see below. Repertoire below is only a suggestion; please contact Dr. Hollenbeck directly if you have any questions concerning appropriate repertoire.

  • Snare Drum: Etudes by Delecluse, Cirone, etc., orchestral excerpts (two).
  • Marimba: 2 or Four Mallet solo transcription – J.S. Bach
  • Marimba: Four-mallet solo - by Druckman, Thomas, Schwantner, Burritt, Ewazen, etc.
  • Timpani: Etudes/Solos by Delecluse Carter, etc., choose two standard orchestral excerpts.
  • Xylophone: Choose two standard orchestral excerpts.
  • Drum Set: Optional--demonstrate proficiency in different styles (swing, latin, funk, etc.).

PLEASE learn all entrances for your chosen orchestral excerpts.