B. Michael Williams, Director
Under the direction of B. Michael Williams, the Winthrop University Percussion Ensemble is dedicated to presenting quality percussion literature selected from a wide variety of musical genres. 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. Guest artists appearing with the ensemble have included djembefola Mohamed Da Costa, Latin percussionist Michael Spiro, and PAS Hall of Fame inductee Gordon Peters. 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 has been featured on South Carolina Public Radio. In 2008 and 2012 the group performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Austin, Texas.