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Augustana Percussion Ensemble

percussion ensemble

Conductor: Tony Oliver

Rehearsals: T 10:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

The Augustana Percussion Ensemble is a chamber group that performs music specifically written for the percussion ensemble from 1930 to the present. The ensemble also performs various transcriptions and arrangements of music never imagined for percussion (but that we think sound pretty good).

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Dr. Tony Oliver directs the Percussion Ensemble.

The ensemble’s crowd-pleasing concerts present a diverse mix of musical styles—from light to serious to “out there”—and participants play traditional and non-traditional percussion instruments of all kinds. The group serves as a place of additional training for the percussionists in Augustana’s larger ensembles, and as a percussive outlet to anyone on campus interested in percussion or percussion music.

The large percussion ensemble is open to any student without audition. Auditioned groups are selected from the larger group to play advanced literature as their desires or abilities allow.

The large group rehearses on average one hour per week, and performs two major concerts per year. In addition, the ensemble sometimes presents small outreach concerts to the community.

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