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Percussion Festivals and Events

Each spring semester, Tarleton hosts at least two special percussion events.

The first is a series of concerts for young people entitled All About Percussion. These concerts feature the Tarleton Percussion Ensemble and are designed to inspire young percussionists in elementary and middle or junior high schools. During these annual concerts, the Tarleton Percussion Ensemble explores many percussive sounds, from keyboards to drums to alternative instruments like pots and pans. Students of all grades are welcome to attend.

The second annual percussion event held at Tarleton each year is the Percussion Festival. In the past the festival has featured:

  • Day of Percussion, featuring percussion clinics and performances by students and guest artists,
  • Master classes,
  • Regional and all-state clinics for students whose schools are affiliated with the Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) and Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), and
  • Percussion Ensemble Festival featuring guest artists.

Past guest artists include Dr. Nathan Daughtrey, Joel Laviolette and Rattletree Marimba, Andrew Beall, and Doug Walter. Tarleton’s Percussion Program seeks to meet the needs of area percussion students. Each year, the Percussion Festival is designed to specifically address the needs of area students.

Upcoming Performances

Groove Allegro, Brazilian Ensemble

October 6, 2014

Nobue Matsuoka, Percussionist, in Concert with the Tarleton Chamber Winds

October 7, 2014

Amanda Pepping, Trumpet Artist, and John Lane, Percussionist, in Recital

November 4, 2014

All About Percussion

Tarleton Young People’s Percussion Ensemble Concert.
Gary Westbrook, Director.

April 22, 2015, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Percussion Ensemble Festival

Featuring the Olson Lyons Duo, local High School Percussion Ensembles, and Dr. Greg Lyons, clinician.

May 8, 2015

Festival and Events Archives

Percussion Ensemble Festival

Featuring guest artist Dr. Nathan Daughtrey

Febrary 1, 2013

Percussion Ensemble Festival

Feauturing guest artist Karminari Taiko of Houston and Bill Backman

February 17, 2012

Percussion Festival 2012 description poster with two artist's beating large drums as the main image with information surrounding.

All About Percussion

Tarleton Young People's Percussion Ensemble Concert featuring Tarleton's Percussion Ensemble, African Drum Ensemble and Pandemonim.
Gary Westbrook, Director.

February 1, 2012, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Percussion Ensemble Festival

Featuring guest artist Joel Laviolete and Rattletree Marimba and Andrew Beall.

February 25, 2011

2011 North Texas Day of Percussion Poster featuring photos of their special guests and sponsers.s

Meehan-Perkin Due in Concert

October 10, 2010