Percussion Ensemble

One of the three new chamber ensembles at IMO this year will be the Percussion Ensemble. The ensemble employs all manner of percussion instruments, found sounds, and electronics to create music that resonates across boundaries of genre and discipline. In addition to music for percussion alone, the group presents works for mixed ensembles.  Performances will include winter and spring concert, school functions, Night of Percussion (May), as well as other events that arise throughout the year.  More information will be given to students during the beginning of the school year.

Instrumentation: Students must be comfortable learning/performing on tuned (marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, bells) and untuned (snare, bass, congas, cabasa, triangle) percussion instruments.

Percussion instruments include: snare, bass, toms, congas, bongos, marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, concert bells, and various other instruments.

  • Meets: Tuesday and Thursday 3:15PM to 5:30PM
  • Open to students in grades 6th through 9th
  • Fee: $375 (includes $100 instrument fee for percussionists)
What is percussion?

The percussion family is the largest in the orchestra. Percussion instruments include any instrument that makes a sound when it is hit, shaken, or scraped. It’s not easy to be a percussionist because it takes a lot of practice to hit an instrument with the right amount of strength, in the right place and at the right time. Some percussion instruments are tuned and can sound different notes, like the xylophone, timpani or piano, and some are untuned with no definite pitch, like the bass drum, cymbals or castanets. Percussion instruments keep the rhythm, make special sounds and add excitement and color. Unlike most of the other players in the orchestra, a percussionist will usually play many different instruments in one piece of music. The most common percussion instruments in the orchestra include the timpani, xylophone, cymbals, triangle, snare drum, bass drum, tambourine, maracas, gongs, chimes, celesta, and piano.


Michael Caruth: Director of Bands and Music Enrichment


Percussion Ensemble Uniform for Performances

Students in percussion ensemble are required to wear black pants (not denim) or black skirt, black shoes, and a button down shirt or blouse of any solid color for all performances. Polo style shirts and t-shirts are not permitted.

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