The Percussion Ensemble, led by conductor Shota Otaguro, offers an opportunity for student musicians to perform percussion music from the 20th and 21st centuries. Members are encouraged to play many different percussion instruments including timpani, snare drum, bass drum, accessory instruments, and mallets such as xylophone, and marimba, as well as ethnic percussion. Students are taught valuable chamber music skills and instructed on performing technique, proper set up of multiple percussion parts, playing advanced rhythms and proper care of instruments.
The Yellow Group comprises musicians in the Percussion Ensemble of less advanced background and ability. The Blue Group comprises musicians in the Percussion Ensemble of more advanced background and ability.
Rehearsals are held on Sundays, from 10 am – 11 am (Yellow Group); and 11:15 am – 12:45 pm (Blue Group), in the Band Room of Monta Vista High School, located at 21840 McClellan Road, Cupertino CA 95014. (map)
The Percussion Ensemble perform two concerts each season with the Concert Winds and Saxophone Ensembles at various local concert venues.