Percussion Ensemble

  • Percussion Ensemble Spring 2019 ConcertThis Percussion Ensemble provides the Indiana Concert Band percussionists a creative outlet with multiple benefits.

    These include refining their technique, realizing the benefits of focusing on both Western and non-Western instruments, developing more advanced musical competencies such as texture, color, dynamic contrast, and shaping of music contours—items not comprehensively addressed in large ensembles such as a band—assisting in developing critical listening skills, and encouraging teamwork, collaboration, and camaraderie within the percussion section.

    Spring 2021 COVID-19 Pandemic Update

    The Crimson Youth Choir will not be meeting for the spring 2021 semester due to ongoing health concerns and limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We are optimistic that with the distribution of a vaccine over the next several months, we will be back to offering it for the fall 2021 semester.

    However, registration for both online and in-person private lessons is currently OPEN and will be ongoing and rolling throughout the semester. For more information on lessons, please see the Private Lessons page.

    For additional information from the IUP Community Music School, please see the IUPCMS home page, and for more information from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, please see the comprehensive Coronavirus Information page.


    Joseph Codispoti, BSE Music Education, Millersville University, 2019; IUP Percussion GA, 2019–20


    The Percussion Ensemble is offered at no cost. However, each high-school age participant MUST have the recommendation of his/her band director. Recommendations must be emailed to the IUPCMS director, Jeff Wacker, at Participants must also play in the percussion section of the Indiana Concert Band.


    Percussionists, age 15 (ninth grade for 2020–21 academic year) and older are eligible.


    An audition is not required for high school players who are recommended by their band director. It is understood that recommended students already have solid percussion skills and the ability to read music.

    • Community percussionists should contact the Percussion Ensemble director, Joe Codispoti at AND the director of the Indiana Concert Band, Jason Worzbyt at, to arrange a time to play for them.