Percussion Ensembles at USC

The percussion program at the School of Music is multifaceted and all percussionists can find something to spark their interests. The ensembles are an essential ingredient to our percussion studies program by ensuring a well-rounded education in your field of study.


Percussion Ensemble

The USC Percussion Ensemble performs a wide variety of music written expressly for percussion. Selections range from chamber works for three to four performers to works using large forces and many instruments.

The group presents several concerts each year, including a fall and spring semester concert, and a performance at the annual Band Clinic. 

The USC Percussion Ensemble was selected as one of three winners of the prestigious Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition in 2012 – a distinctive honor.

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Palmetto Pans

Performing the music of Trinidad and Tobago, island classics and popular music, this group of 12-18 members comes from all academic disciplines throughout the university community.

Musicians perform on 55-gallon oil drums transformed into musical instruments. Each semester the ensemble presents a concert at the School of Music, performs at community events, schools and private parties.  Their debut CD, The Palmetto Pans, is available through Dr. Herring.

Palmetto Pans is offered as a class through the School of Music and is open to all university students with the permission of the instructor.


Percussion Players

Conducted, coached and run by graduate students from the Percussion Studio, the Percussion Players ensemble is a great way for underclassmen and non-music majors to experience the thrill and rewards of a percussion ensemble.

Graduate students from the Percussion Studio get the leadership skills and experience they need to help them on their way to a fulfilling career.