Every summer University of Jamestown runs a percussion camp for high school students. We would love to have you involved!
The drumline perform at all home football games and various other games on campus. It is open to any student currently enrolled at the University. There is no audition, students only need to have a high school level of proficiency on their instrument.
For smaller percussion ensembles the University of Jamestown is fortunate enough to have the Nierling Ensemble Room designated for percussion ensembles. This space provides an intimate setting in which to make music.
There are currently two practice rooms dedicated to percussion instruments. One has a drum set and a concert snare drum, while the other has a set of timpani and a vibraphone for student use. The Nierling Ensemble room is also available for use by percussionists for practice when not in use by the percussion ensemble. This room is home to a vibraphone and two marimbas. The main rehearsal space for the concert band is available as a practice space, as are the other practice rooms in Reiland Fine Arts Center.
Percussion ensemble is the primary chamber experience for percussionists. Experiences will vary from duos and trios to larger ensembles. Percussion ensemble also includes world percussion. This encompasses music of Cuba, Brazil, Africa and India.
All percussion majors are given a weekly private lesson with Dr. Kihle. Lessons are designed to provide a foundation for success in a student’s chosen profession upon graduation.
Private lessons are also open to non-majors who wish to study percussion. Lessons can include drum set, keyboard percussion, timpani and snare drum. See Dr. Kihle for more information.
World Percussion opportunities at the University of Jamestown include traditional Cuban folkloric music, Brazilian music, Ghana ensemble and Indian tabla.
Dr. Kihle has had a wide variety of world percussion opportunities in his career. During his time at the University of Northern Colorado he studied and performed Cuban music with Michael Spiro on various occasions. At Kingsville, he traveled to Austin, TX to study steel pan with CJ Menge. Dr. Kihle also studied Tabla at Texas A&M University-Kingsville with Dishant Thakkar, a native of Ahmedabad, India. He founded the world percussion program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, overseeing the purchase of steel drums and starting Cuban and Brazilian groups.