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"Percussion at Juniata"

The JC percussion program is a very innovative experience, involving performance in settings such as traditional percussion ensemble pieces, traditional concert band, orchestra, and jazz ensemble settings, and also more cutting-edge, trendsetting experiences such as 2006's Impressions of Magnetic Resonance (a 12-minute surround sound, near-darkness performance for 11 percussionists), the very memorable and effective 2007/2013 "Haunted Hall" in which the ensemble physically played our performance hall, and the very innovative "Steely Pan and the PVC's" group, in which we play standard Caribbean steel drum pieces on large tubes. We've also recently performed such standard works as "Bonham," "Three Brothers," "Crescendo," "Ku-Ka-Ilimoku," "Streams," "Taiko," "Sabre Dance," "Samba Macabre," "A La Samba," "A La Nanigo," "Stubernic," "Portico," "African Welcome Piece," "Tusk," "Oh, Beautiful" (with our Womens' Chamber Choir), and a series of works with guest composer/conductor Phil Faini.

Percussion membership is open to all students at Juniata. The time commitment is typical for one-credit music ensemble enrollment, approximately 2.5 to 3 hours per week. Ensemble repertoire is selected based on the abilities of the members in any given semester, and members may opt for additional experiences beyond the minimum (and many do!)

Questions about Percussion at Juniata? Email Dr. Latten by clicking here, or call 814-641-3471.

AUDITIONS: (I tend to not use that word, actually, but you get the idea): I need to hear where your talents and interests lie, so that I can appropriately choose music for the ensemble. To save time later in your Juniata career, I need to hear you only once - typically during your first week of school here although we can set something up for prior to that if you wish: