Jesse Willis, Director of Percussion Studies
The percussion program at Coastal Carolina University actively involves all students in the "art" of making music, offering several opportunities to become a well rounded player, teacher, and performer in order to successfully enter into the ever changing percussion work force. Below is a description of some of the ensemble experiences that are available to all Coastal Carolina University students. Check out the Percussion Facebook page.
This ensemble is open to percussion majors and non-majors by audition only and covers a variety of music and styles. In the past, the ensemble has played selections by Dave Mathews, and POE at the South Carolina Day of Percussion. Traditional literature that has been programmed in the past includes: "Uneven Souls", "The Whole Toy Laid Down", "Biksa", "Mudra", "Crown of Thorns", "Stained Glass", "Marimba Spiritual", "The Doomsday Machine", "Pieces of Wood", and various other large and small group selections.
C-PAN is a large steel band that involves music majors and non-majors in a very active performance environment. Living at the beach lends itself to a great performing atmosphere for all of our small and large group steel ensembles.
Students, both majors and non-majors, are provided with opportunities to explore numerous cultures through the performance of music from various world regions. Experiences such as Coastal Carolina Samba Bateria, African drum & dance, and the music of India and Brazil round out a complete world music curriculum.
The Coastal Carolina University Spirit of the Chanticleer Marching Band percussion section consists of a full drumline and front ensemble or "pit." All positions are filled by audition only. Please visit the marching band web site for more information regrarding auditions and the CCU Marching Band.