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percussion students in performance

​Harvey Price and the UD Percussion Ensemble

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. 

​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.

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  • School of Music
  • Amy E. du Pont Music Building
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2578