Welcome to the Troy University Percussion Studio within the John M. Long School of Music! Thank you for visiting and please refer to the "Schedule" section of this website in order to learn about upcoming events.

The Troy University Percussion Studio currently consists of 40-undergraduate, music education and music industry majors. There are two-available undergraduate degrees (music education and music industry), and graduate students may obtain a master's degree in both areas, as well. Members of the percussion studio may participate in a number of ensembles, including: three symphonic bands, numerous jazz bands and combos, basketball pep-band, the “Sound of the South" marching band, and the award-winning Troy University Percussion Ensemble - winners of the 2012 and 2015 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition.

All members of the percussion studio operate under the guidelines and regulations of the Troy University Percussion Handbook. This provides students with an all-inclusive resource that will guide them throughout their degree studies. The handbook includes: philosophy, practice expectations, attendance and etiquette policies for lessons and events, necessary materials, appropriate literature, and a program of study. Each student is expected to contribute as an individual, and as a member of the team, in order to create an efficient work environment.

The Troy University Percussion Ensemble is committed to performing numerous concerts per year, at an extremely high level.The ensemble was featured at the 2012 Alabama PAS Day of Percussion, at Spain Park High School, and have made several tour stops in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. As a result of winning the PAS 2012 "Call for Tapes," the ensemble performed a Showcase Concert at the 2012 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, in Austin TX. As a result of our recent "Call for Tapes" win, we are planning our tour to PASIC 2015, in San Antonio, TX. During the spring 2016 semester, we will embark on a tour of the southeast if you are interested in having us to your school please let me know!

Concerts include new, cutting-edge literature, as well as monuments from the 20th century. Recent programs have included works by prominent composers, including: Bob Becker, John Bergamo, Kevin Bobo, Michael Burritt, John Cage, Henry Cowell, Russell Hartenberger, Aurel Hollo, Alan Hovhaness, Brian Nozny, Steve Reich, Emmanuel Sejourne, Adam Silverman, David Skidmore, Steve Snowden, and Blake Tyson. The percussion ensemble has commissioned several works: "Drop the Beat: Tales of a Broken Drum Machine" by Tracy Thomas; "Migraine Sketches" and "Prayer for the Broken" by Kevin Bobo; "Lines from Shelley: Song to the Waning Moon" by Traci Mendel; and "Water" by Alejandro Vinao. In the 2012 fall semester, the ensemble premiered four, new works at PASIC 2012; these works included: "Radio" by Kevin Bobo, "Africa Hocket" by Lane Harder, TRADITIONS I. The Winning Number... beFORe JOHN7 by Aurel Hollo/Zoltan Vaczi, "Parallel" by Brian Nozny, and "Perpetuum Mobile" by David Skidmore.

We have recently commissioned a new work for percussion trio from Jamie Whitmarsh; this work will be premiered in the spring of 2016. As a part of our PASIC 2015 Program, we have commissioned a new work for marimba trio - "The Cruel Waters" by Adam Silverman.

Every year, numerous guest clinicians visit Troy University in order to present concerts, clinics, and master classes for our students. Since 2008, these have included, but are not limited to: Bob Becker, Michael Burritt, Kevin Bobo, Dr. Lane Harder, Dr. Andy Harnsberger, Dr. Greg Haynes, Dr. Russell Hartenberger, Dr. Scott Herring, Dr. Julie Hill, Dr. Michael Kirkendoll, Dr. Mary Fukushima-Kirkendoll, Dr. Cilfford Leaman, Dr. Dan Moore, Dr. John Parks IV, Gordon Stout, Dr. Tracy Thomas, Dr. Blake Tyson, and the members of SO Percussion (Eric Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting). All upcoming events may be viewed in the "Schedule" section of this website.

If you have any questions regarding percussion studies at Troy University, please feel free to contact Dr. T. Adam Blackstock at tblackstock@troy.edu

If you would like to view scholarship information, please visit the John M. Long School of Music website at http://music.troy.edu/audition-scholarship/windperc.html

Thanks again for visiting the Troy University Percussion Studio!