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

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

Shilo.Stroman@colostate.edu

(970) 491-4054

Percussion Events

CSU Music On-Demand Fall Showcase

September 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021 at 12:00 AM
Throughout the semester, select CSU Music concerts that were presented in-person and via Livestream will be made available on-demand. Please purchase an on-demand subscription through our ticket site. The following videos are currently available for on-demand viewing. This list will be updated throughout the semester. Brass Area Recital #1 Virtuoso Series Concert — Jooyeon Chang, [...]

Webinar: Being a Music Therapy Major and the Audition Process

December 4, 2021 at 2:45 PM
We hope you'll join us at our Music Therapy degree Q&A. During the webinar, you will receive an overview of our undergraduate music therapy program, meet music therapy faculty, find out about the audition process and options, and have an opportunity to ask questions. Registration required

CSU Marching Band 2021 9News Parade of Lights in Denver

December 4, 2021 at 6:00 PM
The CSU Marching Band returns to the 2021 9NEWS Parade of Lights, leading the annual event through the streets of downtown Denver on Saturday, Dec. 4. The Colorado State Marching Band is the only university marching band to participate in the Parade of Lights and has led the parade through the streets of downtown Denver [...]

Concert Orchestra Concert: A Pair of Prodigies / FREE

December 5, 2021 at 2:30 PM
A Pair of Prodigies With faculty guest artist Copper Ferreira, Clarinet The Concert Orchestra, directed by Leslie Stewart, performs the “Chorale” and “Allegro Maestoso” from the dynamic Symphony No. 5 by Felix Mendelssohn (arr. Jim Palmer). The performance also includes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, featuring CSU faculty artist Copper Ferreira. This concert will be [...]

Violin Studio Recital /FREE

December 6, 2021 at 6:00 PM
This concert will be presented in-person and via livestream. This concert will feature students from the violin studio of Dr. Ron Francois for a program representing a wide variety of styles within the sonata, concerto, and solo genres. Note: Masks are required for all patrons regardless of age in all areas of the UCA. Please [...]

Voice Area Recital / FREE

December 6, 2021 at 7:30 PM
This concert will be presented in-person and as a virtual on-demand event. Enjoy a program of art songs and arias from CSU voice students. Note: Masks are required for all patrons regardless of age in all areas of the UCA. Please observe social distancing of 6' between other patrons in all areas of the UCA. [...]

Keyboard Area Recital / FREE

December 7, 2021 at 6:00 PM
This concert will be presented in-person and via livestream. Note: Masks are required for all patrons regardless of age in all areas of the UCA. Please observe social distancing of 6' between other patrons in all areas of the UCA. Concert programs are available in a virtual format only and may be viewed via a [...]

Graduate String Quartet Recital

December 8, 2021 at 7:30 PM
This concert will be presented in-person and via livestream. The concert consists of a program of works by Zoltán Kodály and Johannes Brahms. Note: Masks are required for all patrons regardless of age in all areas of the UCA. Please observe social distancing of 6' between other patrons in all areas of the UCA. Concert [...]

2021 CSU Honor Band Festival

December 9, 2021 - December 11, 2021 at 12:00 AM
The annual CSU Honor Band Festival brings together the finest high school musicians Rocky Mountain Region, selected from hundreds of applicants throughout the western region; the three day festival takes place at the University Center for the Arts at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Guest clinicians and conductors enhance the student’s experience, providing invaluable insight and expertise. In addition to rehearsals, students enjoy several concerts given by CSU faculty and student ensembles. The experience is capped off with a performance by the Honor Wind Symphony and the Festival Concert Band in the beautiful, world-class Griffin Concert Hall.

Symphonic Band Concert: Serenades, Shadows, and Satiric Dances

December 9, 2021 at 7:30 PM
This concert will be presented in-person and via livestream. Serenades, Shadows, and Satiric Dances With faculty guest artist Stanley Curtis, Trumpet The Symphonic Band, directed by Dr. Jayme Taylor will delight the audience with lively dances by Norman Dello Joio, a dark, brooding piece by Michael Markowski, a hauntingly beautiful work by Jennifer Jolley, and [...]

Wind Symphony Concert: Celebrations!

December 10, 2021 at 7:30 PM
Celebrations! This concert will be presented in-person and via livestream. The Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Rebecca Phillips continues their celebration of live music with a concert featuring Dr. Dan Goble, director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, on Mark Watters’s Rhapsody for Baritone Saxophone. This program also includes works by Omar Thomas [...]

Virtuoso Series Concert: Bryan Wallick, Piano

January 19, 2022 at 7:30 PM
This concert will be presented in-person and via livestream. Note: Masks are required for all patrons regardless of age in all areas of the UCA. Please observe social distancing of 6' between other patrons in all areas of the UCA. Concert programs are available in a virtual format only and may be viewed via a [...]

Virtuoso Series Concert: Michelle Stanley, Flute

January 24, 2022 at 7:30 PM
This concert will be presented in-person and via livestream. Michelle Stanley returns to live performing at CSU with a program designed to offer listeners a variety of music from Bach to Florence Price. Note: Masks are required for all patrons regardless of age in all areas of the UCA. Please observe social distancing of 6' [...]

Virtuoso Series Concert: Cayla Bellamy, Bassoon

February 7, 2022 at 7:30 PM
In this program of “Lines and Loops,” Colorado State University bassoon professor Cayla Bellamy, alongside piano faculty Jooyeon Chang and woodwind colleagues Michelle Stanley and Wesley Ferreira, explores repertoire inspired by circles, bends, arcs, and journeys. This recital includes theoretical lines of early unaccompanied Baroque works and moves through programmatic depictions of scientific shapes and [...]

Classical Convergence Concert: Kronos Quartet

February 11, 2022 at 7:30 PM
For over 45 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet—David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola) and Sunny Yang (cello)—has combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles, performing thousands of concerts, [...]

Guest Artist: Blue Ridge Trombone Quartet

February 20, 2022 at 7:30 PM
The Blue Ridge Trombone Quartet, guest artist chamber ensemble, will be performing a variety of works for trombone quartet, including standard repertoire, arrangements done by the group’s members and new works commissioned specifically for the quartet. The group was formed in 2012 and since then has performed across the country at numerous colleges, universities and [...]

Wind Symphony Concert

February 22, 2022 at 7:30 PM
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Concert Orchestra Concert

February 27, 2022 at 4:00 PM
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Virtuoso Series Concert: Tiffany Blake

February 28, 2022 at 7:30 PM
With faculty guest artist, Tim Burns, Piano Drs. Tiffany Blake and Tim Burns will present a variety of musical settings of Shakespeare's works including the rarely performed, highly dramatic monologue "Lady MacBeth" by American composer Thomas Pasatieri. The evening will conclude with the colorful chamber ensemble orchestration of Dominic Argento's "Six Elizabethan Songs".

Symphonic Band: Excursions

March 1, 2022 at 7:30 PM
A concert featuring wind music and composers from all over the world. Come take a trip around the world in 40 minutes with the CSU Symphonic Band! Featuring music by Jess Turner and Aaron Copland.

Voice Area Recital #1

March 1, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Enjoy a program of art songs and arias from CSU voice students.

Classical Convergence Concert: TAKE3

March 3, 2022 at 7:30 PM
With a flair for the wild and unexpected, the genre-defying trio TAKE3, brings the refinement of a rigorous classical music background and infuses it with rock-star charisma. Known for their infectious and down-to-earth onstage personalities, this group leaves their indelible mark on captivated crowds around the country, performing their arrangements of top pop hits, Americana, [...]

Jazz Ensembles Concert

March 3, 2022 at 7:30 PM
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Concert Band Concert

March 4, 2022 at 7:30 PM
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Virtuoso Series Concert: Duo Francois

March 6, 2022 at 7:30 PM
The Duo Francois, comprised of violinist Ron Francois and pianist Silvana Santinelli, is premiering a newly commissioned piece by Juno award-winning Canadian composer Andrew Paul MacDonald. The piece, entitled "Vault, Veil and Veer" Op.95, is Mac Donald's fifth sonata for violin and piano.  "MacDonald's fascination with alliteration are the starting point for what is an amazing piece of music,” said Francois, [...]

Virtuoso Series Concert: Wesley Ferreira, Clarinet

March 8, 2022 at 7:30 PM
This concert will be presented in-person and via livestream. New American Clarinet Flavors With faculty guest artist, Tim Burns, Piano A pinch of salt, sprinkled with spirit, and then topped with a generous dash of sugar, Wesley Ferreira really cooks in a recital that’s marinated in Americana. This program features new works for clarinet by [...]

Wind Symphony Concert

March 9, 2022 at 2:30 PM
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Virtuoso Series Concert: Drew Leslie, Trombone

March 21, 2022 at 7:30 PM
An Evening of New Recital Pieces for the Trombone CSU faculty artist, Drew Leslie, presents an evening of exciting new pieces written to feature the trombone in a recital setting. The program will include Colorado premieres of several works including “Secure. Contain. Protect” by James David (CSU composition faculty member), “Song of Survival” by Susan [...]

Così fan tutte, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

March 31, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Presented by the Ralph Opera Program in Italian with English supertitles Enjoy Mozart’s rollicking farce of naive young love tested by a jaded bachelor, a scheming servant, and lovers in disguise.

Così fan tutte, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

April 1, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Presented by the Ralph Opera Program in Italian with English supertitles Enjoy Mozart’s rollicking farce of naive young love tested by a jaded bachelor, a scheming servant, and lovers in disguise.

Così fan tutte, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

April 2, 2022 at 2:00 PM
Presented by the Ralph Opera Program in Italian with English supertitles Enjoy Mozart’s rollicking farce of naive young love tested by a jaded bachelor, a scheming servant, and lovers in disguise.

Così fan tutte, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

April 2, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Presented by the Ralph Opera Program in Italian with English supertitles Enjoy Mozart’s rollicking farce of naive young love tested by a jaded bachelor, a scheming servant, and lovers in disguise.

Classical Convergence Concert: Borromeo String Quartet

April 4, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Each visionary performance of the award-winning Borromeo String Quartet strengthens and deepens its reputation as one of the most important ensembles of our time. Admired and sought after for both its fresh interpretations of the classical music canon and its championing of works by 20th and 21st century composers, the ensemble has been hailed for [...]

Horn Studio Recital / FREE

April 6, 2022 at 6:00 PM
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Guest Artist: Rachel Priday

April 10, 2022 at 12:00 AM
Time TBD Please check back, we will update as soon as a description is made available!

Virtuoso Series Concert: Peter Sommer, Saxophone

April 11, 2022 at 7:30 PM
CSU Faculty Peter Sommer and Tim Burns present an evening of saxophone music by German and Czech composers, including music written for the alto saxophone by Paul Hindemith and Erwin Schulhoff, as well as a transcription of Franz Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata. A little something for everyone, including romanticism, modernism, and a touch of early jazz!

Virtuoso Series Concert: Megan Lanz, Flute

April 12, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Modernized Americana In this program, Colorado State University flute faculty Megan Lanz, with piano faculty Jooyeon Chang and bassoon professor Cayla Bellamy, present a modernized narrative of 21st century American music. This multiculturally-inclusive program celebrates the inspiring and intersecting variety of social and cultural influences on flute music, including music by living composers Sarah Bassingthwaighte, [...]

Woodwind Area Recital / FREE

April 13, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Students from the studios of Cayla Bellamy, Wesley Ferreira, Pablo Hernandez, Peter Sommer, and Michelle Stanley perform chamber works for bassoon, clarinet, flute, oboe, and saxophone.

Jazz Combos Concert

April 14, 2022 at 7:30 PM
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CSU Choirs

April 22, 2022 at 7:30 PM
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Bassoon Studio Recital / FREE

April 24, 2022 at 2:00 PM
Students of the Colorado State bassoon studio, under the instruction and side-by-side in performance with Dr. Cayla Bellamy, present an evening of bassoon in solo, accompanied, and chamber music settings spanning compositions from the 1800s to present day.

Guest Artist: Sympatico Percussion Group

April 24, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Sympatico Percussion Group (Scott Herring, Joseph Krygier, Johnny Mendoza, Christopher Norton, Susan Powell) creates programs with entertainment and intrigue, virtuosity and poignancy, and appealing melodies and vibrant rhythms from around the world. Their diverse and eclectic repertoire includes rudimental drumming, ragtime xylophone, pop transcriptions and wonderfully uncategorized original compositions that embrace global streams of contemporary [...]

Jazz Ensembles Concert

April 26, 2022 at 7:30 PM
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Symphonic Band: Mother Earth

April 28, 2022 at 7:30 PM
A concert in celebration of planet Earth. Featuring the music of Kevin Day, Shelley Hanson, David Maslanka, Sally Lamb McCune, and Frank Ticheli.

Concert Band Concert

May 1, 2022 at 7:30 PM
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Concert Orchestra Concert

May 3, 2022 at 7:30 PM
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University Symphony Orchestra Concert: A Fabled Night

May 5, 2022 at 7:30 PM
The CSU Symphony ends our return season with two grand pieces for orchestra with large percussion section: Revueltas The Night of the Mayas and Ravel’s seductive second suite from the ballet Daphnis and Chloe.

University Symphony Orchestra Concert: A Fabled Night

May 6, 2022 at 7:30 PM
The CSU Symphony ends our return season with two grand pieces for orchestra with large percussion section: Revueltas The Night of the Mayas and Ravel’s seductive second suite from the ballet Daphnis and Chloe.

World Percussion Ensemble: Percussion in the Americas!

May 8, 2022 at 6:00 PM
The CSU Symphony ends our return season with two grand pieces for orchestra with large percussion section: Revueltas The Night of the Mayas and Ravel’s seductive second suite from the ballet Daphnis and Chloe.

Percussion News

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2021 All-State Instructional Videos Now Posted

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For a seventh 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 […]

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CSU Music Education faculty and students selected to present at national conference

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Dr. Bonnie Jacobi, associate professor of Music Education, is co-presenting a session at the National Conference of the American Eurhythmics Society on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. The session will be co-presented with three senior-year B.M. Music Education students: John Andretsos, Cass Brandriff, and Jake Elam. The title of the session is: “Show Me the Music!” […]

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Music professor releases album of contemporary clarinet music composed and performed by colleagues

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Colorado State University clarinet professor, Wesley Ferreira, has released an album featuring selections of clarinet music by composer James M. David; Dr. David is the composition professor for the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Contemporary Clarinet Music was released on the OClassica European classical music record label. There are a host of Ferreira’s CSU […]

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

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Adams Alpha Vibe
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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

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Adams Chimes
Pictured Musser Chimes
Musser Chimes

Marimbas

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Adams Alpha Marimba
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Musser M250
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Adams Classic Marimba
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Marimba One Marimba
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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
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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
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Yamaha Timpani

Guest Artists

Guest Artist and Poster Gallery

Auditions

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.