Percussion Concert

Percussion

Explore different opportunities available to percussionists at University of Jamestown.

University of Jamestown offers a breadth of experiences for the college percussionist. Traditional and world percussion ensembles along with private lessons are central to the program. Large ensembles include the University of Jamestown Wind Ensemble, The Pride of the Big Orange drumline, Jazz Ensemble, and the Big Orange Pep Band.

Percussion Groups

  • Drumline
    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.
  • Percussion Ensemble
    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.

Make music in intimate settings dedicated to percussion.

  • Ensemble Room
    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.
  • Practice Space
    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 the Reiland Fine Arts Center.

Skill Development

  • Percussion Lessons
    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. Contact Dr. Kihle for more information.
  • World Percussion
    World Percussion opportunities at the University of Jamestown include traditional Cuban folkloric music, Brazilian music, Ghana ensemble and Indian tabla.
  • Percussion Camp
    Every summer University of Jamestown runs a percussion camp for high school students. We would love to have you involved! Contact Dr. Kihle  for more information.

Learn from the best.

Percussion at UJ is led by Dr. Jason Kihle, who has had a wide variety of world percussion opportunities in his career. Click through his biography to learn more about his work and to view select performances.

Jason Kihle, DA

  • Assistant Professor of Percussion
  • Assistant Director of Bands

Scholarship Opportunities

We offer Performing Arts scholarships to students who audition before arriving on campus their freshman year. These scholarships are for music majors and non-music majors and range up to $6,500. Fill out the form in the link below to learn more about UJ's percussion program and various scholarship opportunities.

Explore Performing Arts Majors & Minors

If you want to move beyond participating in the arts and are interested in studying them, you can major or minor in any of our academic programs: Applied Music, Fine Arts – Music, and Music Education.

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Admissions Department

The Admissions Department is open M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The Admissions Suite is located on the second level of Badal Nafus Student Center.