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College of Visual and Performing Arts



Percussion Ensemble

B. Michael Williams, Director 

The Percussion Ensemble is dedicated to presenting quality percussion literature selected from a wide variety of musical genres. Under the direction of Dr. Michael Williams , the ensemble regularly performs contemporary music from such composers as John Cage, Lou Harrison, Steve Reich, Tom Gauger, and Christopher Rouse, among many others. The group also performs transcriptions of classical literature for marimba ensemble, as well as traditional Mexican and Guatemalan tunes and ragtime selections. In addition, the ensemble has explored traditional musical expressions from a variety of world cultures, including a number of African and Afro-Latin styles. The group regularly performs on an extensive collection of African percussion instruments, including complete sets of Ewe barrel drums and Dagbamba “talking” drums from Ghana, and jembe drums from Guinea and Mali. The recipient of two Presser Foundation grants, the Percussion Ensemble has performed at a number of percussion events and arts festivals throughout the Carolinas and Virginia, and has been featured on South Carolina Public Radio.

Video of the Dinov Cymbal Playing Method - coming soon!

A new Percussion Ensemble, First Construction, has just been released. For more information, visit the Department of Music CDs.