Percussion Ensemble

Percussion/marimba ensembles have been a curricular offering at the University of Northern Iowa since 1972. All percussion majors as well as many non-majors participate in weekly rehearsals and concerts each semester. The ensembles have taken many tours throughout the state of Iowa and have also performed in the Minneapolis/St. Paul and Chicago areas.

In addition to several "home" concerts each year, the UNI Percussion/Marimba Ensembles perform at the annual Iowa Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion hosted by various colleges and universities in the state. The UNI Percussion Ensembles appear on two international CD’s.

Enjoy a video of the Percussion, West African and Kaji-Daiko ensembles concert from Fall 2008 by clicking here. (This video requires the FREE Real Player).

Enjoy two videos of the Percussion, West African and Kaji-Daiko ensembles concerts from Spring 2009 by clicking here and here. (This video requires the FREE Real Player).

Enjoy videos of the Percussion, West African Drum and Kaji-Daiko ensembles concert from Fall 2010 & Spring 2011 by clicking here. (This video requires the FREE Real Player).

Sample Repertoire

Junctures (1991, Iowa Première) - Ted Piltzecker
Toccata for Percussion (1942) Carlos Chavez
Symphony for Percussion - Stanley Leonard
Gainsborough - Thomas Gauger
Three Patchen Songs (1984, World Première) - Mary Badarak
Of This Same Beauty (1983, World Première) - Mary Badarak
Lift-Off (1977) -Russell Peck
Ostinato Pianissimo - Henry Cowell
Ritmicas No. 5 & 6 - Amadeo Roldan
The Greenfly (1987, World Première) - Janika Vandervelde
Dance Music Two - Peter Terry
Teufelstanz (1988, U.S. Première) -Nancy Van de Vate
Three Views from the Hill (1993, World Première) - Jeremy Beck
Signals (U.S. Première) - Torsten Nilsson
Krakow Concerto (U.S. Première) - Nancy Van de Vate
Double Music (1941) John Cage & - Lou Harrison
Take That (1972) - William Albright
Fugue (1933) - William Russell
Sleep and Walking (1993) - Ben Johnston
The Floating Bubble (1994) - Ron George
Kopeyia (1995) - Jeremy Beck
An Idyll for the Misbegotten (1986) - George Crumb
Pulse (1938) - Henry Cowell

See also the UNI West African Drum Ensemble page and the Taiko Ensemble page.

Percussion Instructor: Randy Hogancamp