The Towson University Percussion Ensemble performs a wide range of music from historically significant works for percussion to the latest in contemporary percussion literature and traditional non-Western music.
Each program that ensemble presents is centered on a unifying theme. Past themes have included: the Fibonacci Sequence (1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21), Out of Africa, Things that go Bump in the Night, Sounds of the New Millennium, Boom Boom Pow, Women Composers of Percussion Music, and The Wood that Sings.
Patrick Roulet, the ensemble's director since 2008, encourages percussionists to write and arrange music for the ensemble and frequently programs works by Towson University students and faculty. The ensemble has also collaborated with composers including Rich O'Meara, D.J. Sparr, and Michael Colgrass. The ensemble is featured on the recent recording of the early percussion works of Michael Colgrass released on Equilibrium Records: Michael Colgrass: Percussion Music, 1951-1957.
The ensemble has performed at the MENC All-Eastern Convention and the Percussive Arts Society Maryland/Delaware and Pennsylvania chapters' Days of Percussion. The ensemble regularly travels to schools throughout Maryland to perform and present educational workshops for high school percussionists.
Department of Music
Center for the Arts, Room # 3095 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.