Offered during the fall and spring semesters, percussion ensemble meets
twice each week. A concert is performed each semester with the spring
concert featuring a renowned guest artist. Performing a wide range of
literature and styles, in small chamber groups to large percussion orchestras,
this ensemble provides opportunities for students to learn advanced chamber
performance skills, percussion ensemble repertoire, extended techniques,
and for upper-class students, occasional rehearsing experience as a teaching
We recently started this group with the acquisition of beautiful new pans from Coyle Drums. The group is integrated with the percussion ensemble, and focuses on pedagogical components to steel band in addition to covering a wide variety of styles.
McMurry University marches one show during the fall semester which allows
for more difficult musical arrangements. The percussion parts are written
by the percussion instructor, personalized to the current abilities of
the players on the line. Students have the opportunity to play keyboard
instruments, percussion accessories or traditional battery instruments.
A big band ensemble, jazz band offers percussionists the chance to improve
in multiple styles of performance on drum set, vibraphone, and Latin percussion.
Jazz band is offered during the fall and spring semesters, and meets twice
The premier ensemble of the University, this performing venue is offered
during the fall and spring semesters by audition only. A concert is performed
each semester along with many other feature performances and a yearly
tour. This ensemble presents students with opportunities to play a variety
of difficult literature in a larger setting.