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UCF Percussion Studio Calendar
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Percussion Events

Guest Artist Recital: Yun Ju Pan, percussion

Thursday, January 19, 2017; 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Collide Contemporary Music Series: Paglialonga/Khalifa Duo, guest recital

Thursday, February 9, 2017; 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Collide Contemporary Music Series: Composers Concert

Thursday, March 23, 2017; 8:00pm - 9:30pm

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Camps & Clinics

Mallet & Percussion Camp

Sunday, July 10, 2016 - Saturday, July 16, 2016

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Percussion Ensembles

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Large Pop/World Percussion Ensemble

This large group of percussionists performs transcriptions of music from such contemporary artists as Pat Metheny, Frank Zappa, Steps Ahead, Shadowfax, etc. Emphasis is on contemporary popular music and the popular application of all percussive instruments. The ensemble also performs music from other cultures.

Chamber Percussion Ensemble

This group performs more traditional types of percussion ensemble literature, from the classics to the most recent of compositions and arrangements. Emphasis is on the smaller groups, as this ensemble is broken down into trio, quartets, quintets, etc., so that more literature is covered and performed.

Mallet Ensemble

This ensemble functions as a traditional Marimba Band, performing music ranging from ragtime to transcriptions of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. The group also performs more contemporary, popular music arranged by its members for its unique instrumentation.

"Black Steel" Steel Drum Band

This group is open to all music students, regardless of major instrument or voice. The music is a combination of traditional Caribbean music, pop/rock/latin arrangements, as well as transcriptions of "Classical" music.

Marching Knights

See the Marching Knights website.

Percussion Resources

  • Percussion Facilities and Equipment List
  • Careers in Music
  • Guest Artists
  • Guest Artists

    The following percussion artists have appeared in clinics and concerts on the UCF Campus. Artists with an asterisk have appeared multiple times.

    Name Specialty Website
    Nathaniel Bartlett Marimba
    Bob Becker Marimba
    Kevin Bobo Marimba
    Gwen Burgett Thrasher Marimba
    Michael Burritt* Marimba michaelburritt.com
    Pius Cheung Marimba
    Jean Geoffroy Marimba
    Evelyn Glennie Marimba evelyn.co.uk
    Dean Gronemeier Marimba
    Andy Harnsberger* Marimba
    Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba
    Kevin Lucas* Marimba
    Linda Maxey Marimba
    Dr. James L. Moore Marimba
    Janis Potter Marimba
    Ney Rosauro* Marimba
    Gordon Stout* Marimba
    Blake Tyson Marimba
    Robert Van Sice Marimba
    She-e Wu Marimba
    Robert Chappell* Jazz Vibes
    Terry Gibbs Jazz Vibes
    Arthur Lipner* Jazz Vibes
    Jon Metzger Jazz Vibes
    Bill Molenhof* Jazz Vibes
    Dan Moore Jazz Vibes
    Ted Piltzecker Jazz Vibes
    Dave Samuels Jazz Vibes
    Doug Walter* Jazz Vibes
    Ruud Weiner Jazz Vibes
    Bob Breithaupt Drum Set
    Gregg Bissonette Drum Set
    Olbin Burgos Drum Set
    Chris Coleman Drum Set
    Steve Fidyk Drum Set
    Daniel Glass Drum Set
    Chris Hanning Drum Set
    Rodney Holmes Drum Set
    Tom Hurst Drum Set
    John Jenkins Drum Set
    Billy Martin Drum Set
    Joe McCarthy Drum Set
    Pat Petrillo* Drum Set
    Kim Plainfield Drum Set
    Ed Roscetti Drum Set
    Paul Wertico Drum Set
    Edith Habraken Rudimental
    Tim Adams Symphonic
    Jim Babor* Symphonic
    Robert Bridge* Symphonic
    Sam Denov Symphonic
    Chris Deviney Symphonic
    Frank Epstein Symphonic
    David Eyler Symphonic
    Tom Freer Symphonic
    Stanley Leonard* Symphonic
    Robert Petta Symphonic
    Eric Schweikert Symphonic
    John Shaw* Symphonic
    John Tafoya Symphonic
    Paul Yancich Symphonic
    Earl Yowell Symphonic
    Marty Hurley Marching
    John Wooton Marching
    Jim Yakas Marching
    Sandip Burman* - Tabla World Music
    Rob Bridge - Darbouka World Music
    Orlando Cotto* - Afro-Caribbean World Music
    Giovanni Hidalgo* - Congas World Music
    Andy Kruspe - Bodhran World Music
    Abubakari Luna - African Drumming World Music
    Nankishore Muley* - Indian Music World Music
    Jeff Narell - Steel Drum World Music
    Ney Rosauro* - Brazilian World Music
    Ed Roscetti* - Brazilian World Music
    Paul Ross - Steel Drum World Music
    J.B. Smith - Congas World Music
    Liam Teague* - Steel Drum World Music
    Glen Velez - Frame Drum World Music
    Owen Weaver Multiple Percussion
    Morris Palter Multiple Percussion & Percussion Ensemble morrispalter.henfast.com
    Sylvia Smith Duo Multiple Percussion & Percussion Ensemble
    The Third Coast Percussion Ensemble* Multiple Percussion & Percussion Ensemble
    Line Upon Line* Percussion Chamber Music
    Meehan/Perkins Duo* Percussion Chamber Music
    Matthew Barnson Composer
    Zack Browning Composer
    Jonathan Kolm Composer
    Paul Lansky Composer
    Marc Mellits Composer
    James Norman Composer
    Frank Wiley Composer
    Bruce Jacoby Music Industry
    Johnny Lee Lane Music Industry
  • Student Highlights
  • Alumni
  • Angel Briseno, M.A. 2013, is currently a professional freelance musician in Orlando area
  • Christina Torrez, B.M.E 2012, is Assistant Director of Bands at Freedom High School in Orlando, FL
  • Tia Harvey, B.M. 2012, has a Teaching Assistantship at Michigan State University where she is pursuing her Masters degree
  • Matt Roberts, B.M. 2012, is a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Jon Tirado, B.A. 2011, is a percussion instructor with the University of Texas San Antonio marching band
  • Kaylee Bonatakis, B.M. 2011, completed her M.M. at the University of Alaksa-Fairbanks where she taught as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. She is continueing to work as a freelance musician in the Fairbanks area
  • Joshua Brink, B.M.E. 2011, is a band director in central Florida
  • Justin Iadonisi, M.A. 2011, is pursuing a Doctorate degree at the University of Georgia
  • Nick Guiliano, B.M. and B.M.E. 2010, received a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Percussion from the University of South Carolina and is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of North Texas
  • Melinda Leoce, B.M.E. 2010, earned her M.M. and World Music Certificate from Florida State in 2013. She is currently working towards a D.M. at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She also works with the Indiana State University Marching Sycamores Drumline as a writer and instructor
  • Corey Geiger, B.M. 2010. Currently a professional freelance musician in the Orlando area
  • Jonathan Cooper, B.M.E. 2009, is the Assistant Band Director at West Orange High School
  • Chris McWilliams, B.M.E. 2009, accepted a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in percussion and is pursuing a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas
  • Joe Moore III, B.M. 2009, received a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Percussion from the University of South Carolina and is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Louisiana State University where he is also serving as an sabbatical replacement for the 2013-2014 academic year
  • Ben Yancey, B.M. 2009 received a full time teaching assistantship and is pursuing a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance at Kansas State University.
  • Paul Keck, B.M.E. 2007, has a Teaching Assistantship at the University of Florida where he is pursuing a Masters of Music degree
  • Chris Burns, B.M.E. 2007, is a music teacher at Lakeview Elementary in St. Cloud, Florida
  • Josh LaBell, B.M.E. 2007, is a teacher at Timber Creek High School in Orlando
  • Luis Rivera, B.M.E. 2007, is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Florida State University
  • Steve Hoskins, B.A. 2007, has accepted a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia
  • Anthony King, B.M.E. 2006, is currently the Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Percussion at Wayland Baptist University. He is also pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Texas Tech University
  • Oliver Molina, B.M.E. 2006, is working towards completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Iowa where he was a Teaching Assistant for four years. He is currently an assistant band director at University High School in Orlando, FL
  • Brian Baldauff, B.M.E. 2005, received a Percussion Teaching Assistant at Florida State University where he is working on his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree. He is currently on music faculty at West Liberty University
  • James Wright, B.A. 2005, accepted a job as the music teacher at McInnis Elementary and will also be teaching percussion (drumline/pit in the fall, percussion ensemble in the spring) at DeLand High School. He is also going to flight school at Avion Air Academy and has already earned his private pilot certificate
  • Thad Anderson, B.M.E. 2004, completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Texas at Austin and has joined the percussion faculty at the University of Central Florida
  • Omar Carmenates, B.M.E. 2004, received a full time teaching assistantship in percussion and earned a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas. A doctoral candidate at Florida State, he is an Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Percussion Studies at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Garth Steger, B.M. 2004, received a full time teaching assistantship in percussion and earned a Masters Degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is currently an Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at Rollins College in Winter Park
  • Jeff Willis, B.M.E. 2004, received a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from Texas Christian University where he held a Teaching Assistantship. He is now the Associate Director of Bands at Jackson County Comprehensive High School in Georgia where he is in charge of all aspects of the percussion program as well as the concert, marching, and jazz ensembles
  • Kane Hurlock, B.M. in 2001. Currently a professional musician at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios
  • Richard Mola, B.M.E. 2001, is currently the Associate Director of Bands at a Middle School, Melbourne, Florida
  • Adam Steff, B.M.E. 2001, is at the Univeraity of Nevada-Las Vegas where he is working towards graduate degrees in Wind Conducting. He is a member of the University Bands staff at UNLV
  • Barry Kerch, B.A. 2000, is the drummer for the rock group Shinedown. Barry performed on their 2003 Platinum selling Leave a Whisper, the Gold selling Us and Them, and the multi-Platinum Sound of Madness album.
  • Ryan Hinton, B.A. in 2000, is currently working for a company in Michigan designing web pages and is the web master of the Florida PAS Chapter Web site
  • Brandon Tolmach, B.A. in 2000, teaching middle school music at Rickards Middle School in Broward County
  • Jason Herold, B.M. in 1999. Currently a professional musician at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios
  • Todd Leighton, B.M.E. 1999, is currently the Director of Bands at Hagerty High School, Oviedo, Florida
  • Kenny Jackson, B.A. in 1999. Kenny is married to Heidi, and they have 2 children, Seraiah and Christian. After serving as percussion instructor for Lake Howell High School for 5 years at the end of 2002, Kenny is moving to Ocala to begin a program on becoming a pastor. He plans to continue to teach drum lines in the area
  • Clif Walker, MME 1999. Served six years as the caption head for the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps and as the Associate Director of Bands at Timber Creek High School, Orlando, Florida.
  • Andrew Kruspe, B.M.E. in 1998. Currently an Instructor of Percussion at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Formerly, he was the Director of Bands at Gresham Middle School in Birmingham, Alabama. He also assisted with the Marching Band and percussion ensembles at Shades Valley High School.
  • Buck McCloud, B.M. in 1998. Buck freelances throughout Central Florida, maintains a large private studio and is currently the Percussion Instructor at Seminole Community College.
  • Elliott Klaber, B.A. in 1997. After spending years instructing the Magic of Orlando, Southwind, and Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, Elliott taught percussion at Kiski Area Schools in Pennsylvania. He recently moved back to Orlando where he married UCF clarinet and steel drum alumna, Amy Brown and is teaching in Orlando public schools
  • Frank Registrato, B.M. in 1997, lived in Los Angeles for five years and recently returned to Orlando where he is currently a professional musician at Walt Disney World
  • N. James Bardo, B.M.E. 1997. After teaching band and orchestra for five years in Georgia, "Boomer" has returned to Florida and is a freelance sound engineer and designer
  • Mark Cole, B.M. in 1994, received a Masters Degree from FSU 1996, was the Director of Bands at Cypress Creek High School (Orlando) and is currently pursuing a DMA at USF

Course Information

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Percussion Faculty

Music Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
Phone: 407-823-2869 Fax: 407-823-3378 • E-mail: ucfmusic@ucf.edu