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

Percussion News

Ben Justis Emerges as 2014-15 Concerto Competition Winner

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By Spencer Gillard If you had to sum up Ben Justis in one word, it would have to be variety. The CSU graduate student, earning his Master’s in percussion performance at Colorado State, was recently named the winner of the Annual Concerto Competition after placing in a semi and then final round of the competition. […]

Arts Well Represented at 2015 CSU Graduate Student Showcase

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On February 25, several Music and LEAP graduate students presented research at CSU’s Graduate Student Showcase. Over 300 CSU graduate students presented research and creative works, including six exhibits from music students in areas of performance, education, and therapy, along with four exhibits from students in the LEAP Master of Arts Leadership & Administration program. […]

Percussion Ensemble Receives Invitation to Perform @ Percussive Arts Society Int. Con

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03.03.10 – The Colorado State University Percussion Ensemble has received and accepted an invitation to perform at the 2010 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis, IN, November 10-13, 2010. According to the PASIC website, the lineup includes more than 150 events on twelve stages featuring many of the world’s best musicians on drumset, […]

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 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 Marimba
Adams Marimba
Marimba One Marimba
Marimba One Marimba
Marimba One, Marimba #2
Marimba One, Marimba #2

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
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

  • 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: 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.