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School of Music

Percussion student


We offer several degree options for music majors and encourage students in other disciplines to participate in our ensembles. The percussion facilities at USC are first-rate and the inventory of percussion instruments expands frequently.

USC’s multifaceted percussion program requires students to participate in the various band and ensemble opportunities on campus. Performance opportunities include the Carolina Marching Band, three concert bands, the USC Symphony Orchestra, Southern Exposure New Music Series, USC Percussion Ensemble, Percussion Players and the Palmetto Pans Steel Band. Each year, USC hosts the South Carolina Day of Percussion.

Past guest artists have included Michael Burritt (Eastman School of Music), Mark Ford (University of North Texas), Sympatico Percussion Group, Meehan-Perkins Duo, Steven Schick (UCSD), Jeffrey Moore (Central Florida) and Andy Harnsberger (Lee University).

2014 South Carolina Day of Percussion

Saturday, April 5, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Copenhaver Band Hall, 324 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29208
The South Carolina Day of Percussion is a full day of clinics, master classes, concerts and educational sessions. Guests artists this year include Nathan Daughtrey, Chris Lee, Scott Herring, Gordon Hicken, Paul Buyer, Chris Davis, and Mike Greer. The day's events include a high school percussion ensemble festival, a marching drumline clinic, the S.C. Collegiate Honor Percussion Ensemble and a Mass Steel Band. $10 for non-PAS members and $5 for PAS members.

Percussion Faculty