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The Percussion Area at Richland College Music program develops music majors, minors, and participants in all areas of percussion by offering a range of opportunities in contemporary, classical, jazz, and world percussion solo and ensemble settings. Students have the opportunity to learn solos, transcriptions, techniques, improvisation, and orchestral excerpts for a variety of performance and audition experiences.

Percussion Majors prepare through their degree experience for career options as well as transfer and performance job auditions. They become prepared to perform in all major areas of percussion including snare drum, marimba, vibes, tympani, drum set, xylophone/bells, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, African, and Middle Eastern world percussion and steel pans, and symphonic accessories.

The Richland Percussion Instrument Collection includes:

  • 2 5-octave Marimba One rosewood marimbas
  • 2 4.3 octave Adams marimbas
  • 1 5-drum set of Adams Dresden Philharmonic tympani
  • 1 5-drum set of Adams Symphonic Series tympani
  • 1 4-drum set of Ludwig Symphonic Series tympani
  • 4 Adams and Musser vibraphones
  • 3 Adams and Musser rosewood xylophones
  • 2 Adams pedal glockenspiels
  • 1 Fall Creek glockenspiel
  • 5 Black Swamp concert and field snare drums
  • 4 Yamaha and Ludwig concert bass drums
  • 7 Yamaha Custom Maple Hybrid Drum Sets with top line Zildjian and Sabian cymbal sets
  • 3 sets of congas, bongos, timbales, cajons, doumbeks, African djembes, Brazilian surdos
  • 50 different steel pans in lead tenor, double seconds, double guitars, triple cellos, 6-bass pans voices

Percussion Labs for practicing and rehearsing:

  • Drum Set Lab with 2 drum sets and a full sound system
  • Tympani Lab with Dresden tympani and tuning sound system
  • Percussion Lab with full world percussion and concert percussion equipment set and sound system
  • Keyboard Percussion Lab with 5 oct. marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, glockenspiel, and sound system

The Richland Percussion Group performs many types of Classical as well as contemporary works written for percussion and other instruments. This chamber ensemble explores works in all styles of music through adaptations for many configurations of percussion instruments.