EKU Percussion Ensemble
The Eastern Kentucky University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Jason Koontz, has a distinguished history of performance within this relatively new genre of musical activity, and provides students the opportunity to perform both contemporary and standard literature for percussion ensemble. The group has performed at the Kentucky Music Educators Association Convention in 2007, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in both 2003 and 2005.
The specific repertoire chosen for a given semester depends greatly upon the make-up of the ensemble for that semester, but ranges from trios to large ensembles of ten to sixteen players. Combined with the more European based compositions, the ensemble also
performs in a variety of world music genres such as Afro-Cuban, African, and Brazilian samba drumming. The ensemble presents at least one concert in the School of Music each semester, and regularly travels to perform off-campus at local area schools.
The ensemble is open to both music majors and also to non-music majors by audition. The ability to read both rhythmic and melodic notation is a requirement for enrollment in this performance course.