Percussion Ensemble

With music on a stand, hands holding sticks are striking drums in a kit that includes world percussion instruments at a concert
 Percussion ensemble members play on a row of marimbas in concert
 Performers lean over drums in the back of the ensemble, with chimes and drumset visible

The Miami University Concert Percussion Ensemble first performed in 1974 under the direction of Lee Suman, a Miami alumnus who taught percussion in the 1960s and early 1970s. During the late 1970's the ensemble presented collaborative performances with the Miami University Ensemble for New Music at both the Kennedy Center and the Carnegie Recital Hall.

The ensemble regularly performs on the Miami University campus and at professional conferences such as those held by the Ohio Music Educators Association and the Percussive Arts Society. Recent repertoire includes works by composers such as John Aliferi, Michael Burritt, James Lentini, Christopher Deane, Ney Rosauro and Mark Ford.

No audition is required. For more information please contact Michael LaMattina:


Forbidden Colours (Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence)

Forbidden Colours (from Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence), written by Ryuichi Sakamoto. Performed here by the Miami University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Michael LaMattina

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"Rain" by Ryuichi Sakamoto

"Rain", music of Ryuichi Sakamoto, performed by the Miami University Percussion Ensemble from Oxford, Ohio. Directed by Michael LaMattina.

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Leo Brouwer: Berceuse

The Berceuse for guitar by Leo Brouwer, performed on marimba by Michael LaMattina. This is a beautiful piece that works well on marimba and is very enjoyable to play.

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Ivan Trevino: Catching Shadows

"Catching Shadows" marimba duet by Ivan Trevino, performed by David Rim and Michael LaMattina.

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