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 the Percussion Studies Program 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

Percussion News

University Symphony Orchestra Performs at Annual CMEA Conference at the Broadmoor

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Last week, a good portion of our music faculty and staff, Music Education students, and the University Symphony Orchestra traveled to Colorado Springs for the Colorado Music Educators Association Clinic and Conference. The annual event is an exciting opportunity for the Colorado Music Education community to collectively connect, share, and learn. CSU faculty served the […]

2016 All-State Instructional Videos Now Posted

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For a second year, the music faculty at Colorado State University brings you All-State Instructional Videos to help prepare your High School student instrumentalists for their upcoming auditions. Dedicated to its land-grant heritage, the music faculty at CSU are committed to promoting music and pedagogy of the highest quality, serving music education through actions that […]

CSU Percussion Ensemble Rocks with Guest Great Russell Burge

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue The CSU Percussion Ensemble rounds out this semester’s percussion performances with an eclectic concert of classic pieces, fresh work, and a collaboration with guest artist Russell Burge on Sunday, April 26 at 2 p.m. in the Instrumental Rehearsal Hall at the University Center for the Arts, located […]

Ensembles

Percussion Ensemble

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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

RamPan Band

Percussion EnsembleThe CSU RamPan Band specializes in the music of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as popular and jazz standards.

Directed by John Meriwether

Marching Band Drumline

drumlineThe CSU 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.

 

Vasanta Percussion Quartet

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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, 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

Undergrad 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.