The Percussion Ensemble performs on each PYSO concert. The Ensemble, made of members of all the PYSO groups, practices together each week after the ensemble rehearsals. They gain experience on a variety of percussion instruments. The group exposes young percussionists to a variety of styles of music and strives to prepare these musicians for any musical challenges they may face.



Ensemble Fee

None (Students are members of other PYSO Ensembles)


Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
The School of Ballet Arizona
2825 E Washington St, Phoenix 85034


Todd Betz

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Percussion students will be placed in the appropriate ensemble based on skills demonstrated in their audition.

All percussionists demonstrate the following:

  • Concert snare drum roll
  • Snare drum etude
  • Cymbal Crashes – (Live auditions only. Video auditions will not require cymbal crashes.)
  • Solo piece or etude for keyboard percussion, two or four-mallet. For Solo, appropriate solo selections can be chosen from the Texas UIL list;¬†go to event code 502, keyboard percussion solo. ABODA All-Region or All-State audition etudes are also acceptable.


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Middle School Percussion Ensemble

The Middle School Percussion Ensemble is a Spring seminar series. Students receive enhanced percussion instruction suited for middle school percussion students. This Spring series will culminate in a Percussion Ensemble performance at the PYSO Season Finale Concert.

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Ensemble Fee



5:00 – 6:30 PM, Wednesday evenings

Central High School
4525 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Conductor / Instructor

Todd Betz