The Percussion Ensemble, led by conductors Jeff Wilson (Blue Group, comprising more experienced musicians) and Greg Messa (Yellow Group, comprising less experienced musicians), 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.
Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, in the Band Room of the Conservatory of the Arts, at Valley Christian High School, located at 100 Skyway Drive, San Jose CA 95121. (map)
The Percussion Ensemble perform two concerts each season with the Concert Winds and Saxophone Ensembles at Valley Christian High School’s Conservatory of the Arts. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and free for kids under 12. (see their schedule of concerts for the current season)