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Percussion at Delaware
Percussion study at the University of Delaware is centered around building strong fundamentals on snare drum, timpani, and keyboard mallet instruments, as well as the entire family of orchestral percussion. These skills are put to use every day in our Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Percussion Ensembles. We also believe that today's market, whether it be music education, music performance or the business of music, requires additional skills in marching percussion, Latin percussion, steel band and jazz improvisation on both drum set and keyboard mallet instruments. We have assembled what we believe to be the top faculty in the country. Percussion students at UD learn improvisation in the first semester of their freshman year and continue through their last semester of study. This important skill, along with a strong emphasis on sight reading and technique, helps mold our students into thinking, performing and musical percussionists. 
Student Opportunities

​Percussion studies at UD consist of four major areas:


Percussion students participate in ensembles throughout the department, as well as Percussion Ensemble, Marimba Ensemble and Delaware Steel, UD's steel band ensemble. Delaware Steel also hosts an annual Steel Band Festival each spring.



Equipment and Facilities

We have assembled the top educators and performers in these areas and, equally important, have assembled and maintain the top-of-the-line instruments upon which to teach and perform. Check out our facilities page to see a list of our concert and marching equipment, as well as pictures of our practice and performance facilities.