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.

Grades

All

Ensemble Fee

None (Students are members of other PYSO Ensembles)

Rehearsals

Wednesday evenings, after ensemble rehearsals

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

Conductor

Todd Betz

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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Grades

6-8

Ensemble Fee

$100

Rehearsals

5:00 – 6:30 PM, Wednesday evenings

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

Conductor / Instructor

Todd Betz