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



Wednesday evenings, after ensemble rehearsals

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


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
  • Solo piece for keyboard percussion, two or four-mallet. Choose from the Texas UIL listgo to event code 502, keyboard percussion solo.


The audition will end with short sight-reading passage provided by the conductor.

Don’t neglect practicing sight reading pieces you are unfamiliar with to help prepare for this part of the audition.

Best of luck in your preparation, always start slow and work with a metronome!!


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