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.

    Coronavirus Update: NEW as of May 20, 2020

    Following the policy statement in early April by President Michael Driscoll in regard to the COVID-19 threat, and the announcement that all summer courses for the university will be online with no face-to-face instruction, the IUP Community Music School also canceled all face-to-face instruction through the end of the summer 2020 semester.

    The Percussion Ensemble does not normally meet during the summer, but registration for online private lessons is OPEN and will be ongoing and rolling through Friday, July 10.

    Please see the IUP Community Music School home page for additional information. 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.