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

Professor of Music; Percussion; Coordinator of Percussion

Eric.Hollenbeck@colostate.edu

(970) 491-4054

Shilo Stroman

Instructor of Music; Percussion, Jazz Studies, Marching Band (Drumline)

Shilo.Stroman@colostate.edu

(970) 491-4054

Percussion Events

CANCELLED: Harmony Outreach Competition and Concert

March 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM
CANCELLED Per Colorado State University policies regarding COVID-19, all School of Music, Theatre, and Dance events and related activities are cancelled through May 15th. CSU has no greater responsibility than the health of our students and broader community; therefore, these decisions have been made out of an abundance of caution due to the rapidly changing [...]

CANCELLED: Wind Symphony Concert: Codex Gigas

April 24, 2020 at 7:30 PM
CANCELLED Per Colorado State University policies regarding COVID-19, all School of Music, Theatre, and Dance events and related activities are cancelled through May 15th. CSU has no greater responsibility than the health of our students and broader community; therefore, these decisions have been made out of an abundance of caution due to the rapidly changing [...]

CANCELLED: Percussion Ensemble Festival Concert / FREE

April 25, 2020 at 6:00 PM
CANCELLED Per Colorado State University policies regarding COVID-19, all School of Music, Theatre, and Dance events and related activities are cancelled through May 15th. CSU has no greater responsibility than the health of our students and broader community; therefore, these decisions have been made out of an abundance of caution due to the rapidly changing [...]

Percussion News

Strike Up the Bands! American Bandmasters Association Free Concerts

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The American Bandmasters Association is holding its 2019 national convention on March 6-10 at the Embassy Suites Loveland Hotel & Conference Center. This is the first time the annual convention has been held in Colorado since the inception of the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) in 1930. Rebecca Phillips, director of bands at Colorado State University […]

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Animaniacs delighted by the University Symphony Orchestra

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The Animaniacs was originally performed by a Hollywood studio orchestra of 40 musicians; this spring, Rogel’s Emmy-winning songs were presented by Wes Kenny conducting the CSU University Orchestra as part of Animaniacs in Concert. The concert was co-presented by the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at CSU and the Lincoln Center as part of […]

Holiday Spectacular

Start the holiday season at the University Center for the Arts

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—By Herman Chavez, UCA Publicity Intern Kick off the holiday season this week at the University Center for the Arts with the annual Holiday Spectacular and Parade of Lights Preview. The Holiday Spectacular returns on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. in Griffin Concert Hall. The cost of […]

Ensembles

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 was the 2019 winner of the highly competitive PAS "Call for Tapes" and performed a highly acclaimed showcase concert at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis.  The CSU Percussion ensemble was also chosen to perform at PASIC in 2010 for the New Music Literature Session.

Directed by Eric Hollenbeck
Music majors and minors only

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.

Faculty Advisor: 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 Alpha Vibe
Adams Alpha Vibe
Adams Vibe
Adams Vibe
Adams Bells
Adams Bells
Fall Creek Bells
Fall Creek Bells
Adams Concert Xylophone
Adams Concert Xylophone
Musser Bells
Musser Bells
Adams Soloist Xylophone
Adams Soloist Xylophone
Mallet Kat
Mallet Kat
Yamaha Low C Vibe
Yamaha Low C Vibe

Chimes

Adams Chimes
Adams Chimes
Musser Chimes
Musser Chimes

Marimbas

Adams Alpha Marimba
Adams Alpha Marimba
Musser M250
Musser M250
Adams Classic Marimba
Adams Classic Marimba
Marimba One Marimba
Marimba One Marimba
Marimba One, Marimba #2
Marimba One, Marimba #2

Snare Drums

Pearl 2.5" 'Pancake' 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
Yamaha Kit
Yamaha Kit
Yamaha Stage Custom Kit
Yamaha Stage Custom 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

  • 2019-2020 - Adam Groh, Steve Hearn, Mike Tetrault, Adam Bliss, Cameron Leach, If and When percussion duo
  • 2018-2019 - Mike Tetrault, Eric Willie, Andrew Lynge, Chris Nadeau, Chris Dighero, Colin Constance
  • 2017-2018 - Eric Sammut, Tony Nunez, Mike Tetrault, Payton McDonald, Ed Saindon
  • 2106-2017 - Third Coast Percussion Group, Caleb Pickering, Mike Tetrault, Zack Brock Trio, Scott Ney
  • 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

No pre-screen video is required.

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 (optional, but recommended): 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

No pre-screen video is required.

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 4 mallet solo transcription – J.S. Bach
  • Marimba: 4 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.