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

Shilo Stroman

  • Senior Instructor
  • Percussion, Jazz Studies, Marching Band (Drumline)

Shilo.Stroman@colostate.edu

Percussion Events

CANCELLEDVirtuoso Series Concert: Shilo Stroman, Percussion

October 9, 2023 at 7:30 PM
This event has been cancelled. Modern Soundscapes CSU faculty artist Shilo Stroman performs a concert of modern soundscapes featuring a world premiere piece for vibraphone processed through guitar pedals by Ben Hylton, an original snare solo by Stroman, and other works by living composers. Stroman, described as a musical chameleon determined to fit into any [...]

Guest Artist: Oliver Xu, Percussion / FREE

October 17, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Percussionist Oliver Xu performs a recital primarily on marimba. Xu has been internationally recognized as a solo performer advocating for contemporary music. He was awarded a Benzaquen Career Advancement Grant by The Juilliard School after graduating with his master’s degree. This season’s highlights include a guest artist recital at Ithaca College’s Ford Hall and two world [...]

Percussion Ensemble

November 5, 2023 at 7:30 PM
The CSU Percussion Ensemble, directed by Eric Hollenbeck, performs new works as well as traditional pieces from the percussion cannon. Note: This event time has been updated.

Percussion News

Rachel Waddell headshot

Announcing Dr. Rachel Waddell as the new director of orchestras at CSU

|

The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance is thrilled to introduce Dr. Rachel Waddell as the next conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra and director of orchestras at Colorado State University. Dr. Waddell comes to CSU from the University of Rochester where she has served as the director of orchestral activities. She is the co-founder […]

CSU Marching Band color guard

CSU Marching Band History Project

|

A Message About the CSUMB History Project Expand Hello CSU Marching Band Alumni! My name is Kathryn Kennedy. I am a senior studying music education at Colorado State University. I also serve as a drum major for the marching band. As part of my honors thesis, I am reaching out to CSUMB alumni in hopes […]

Wes Kenny and USO students

Orchestra Alumni invited to play with the CSU symphony to celebrate Maestro Kenney’s retirement

|

Dear CSU Symphony, Sinfonia and Opera Orchestra alumni, It is my hope that you have continued to use the skills learned through the repertoire and ensemble playing you experienced at CSU. When I began my tenure at CSU’s School of Music, Theater, and Dance twenty years ago, it was my hope that we could build […]

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.

vasanta

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 pictured
Adams Alpha Vibe
Pictured Adams Vibe
Adams Vibe
Pictured Adams Bells
Adams Bells
Pictured Fall Creek Bells
Fall Creek Bells
Pictured Adams Concert Xylophone
Adams Concert Xylophone
Pictured Musser Bells
Musser Bells
Pictured Adams Soloist Xylophone
Adams Soloist Xylophone
Pictured Mallet Kat
Mallet Kat
Pictured Yamaha Low C Vibe
Yamaha Low C Vibe

Chimes

Pictured Adams Chimes
Adams Chimes
Pictured Musser Chimes
Musser Chimes

Marimbas

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

Snare Drums

Pictured Pearl 2.5" 'Pancake' Snare Drum
Pictured Pearl Phil 36" Mahogany Bass Drums
Pearl Phil 36" Mahogany Bass Drums
Pictured Pearl Philharmonic Maple 5" Snare Drum
Pearl Philharmonic Maple 5" Snare Drum
Pictured Grover Field Drum
Grover Field Drum
Pictured Pearl Philharmonic Aluminum 4" Snare Drum
Pearl Philharmonic Aluminum 4" Snare Drum
Pictured Pearl Philharmonic Solid Maple 5" Snare Drum
Pearl Philharmonic Solid Maple 5" Snare Drum
Pictured Leedy Field Drum
Leedy Field Drum
Pictured Pearl Philharmonic Aluminum 6.5" Snare Drum
Pearl Philharmonic Aluminum 6.5" Snare Drum
Pictured Pearl Philharmonic Maple 6.5" Snare Drum
Pearl Philharmonic Maple 6.5" Snare Drum
Pictured Ludwig Field Drum
Ludwig Field Drum
Pictured Pearl Philharmonic 14 x 12" Field Drum
Pearl Philharmonic 14 x 12" Field Drum
Pictured Slingerland Tenor Drum
Slingerland Tenor Drum

Drum Kits

Pictured Pearl Big Band Drum Kit
Pearl Big Band Kit
Pictured Yamaha Drum Kit
Yamaha Kit
Yamaha Stage Custom Kit pictured
Yamaha Stage Custom Kit

Timpani

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

Guest Artists

Guest Artist and Poster Gallery

Auditions

Undergraduate Auditions

PLEASE NOTE: VIRTUAL AUDITIONS ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR PERCUSSION APPLICANTS. PERCUSSION AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD IN PERSON ONLY. 

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

PLEASE NOTE: VIRTUAL AUDITIONS ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR PERCUSSION APPLICANTS. PERCUSSION AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD IN PERSON ONLY.

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. The repertoire below is only a suggestion; please contact Dr. Hollenbeck directly if you have any questions concerning the 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.