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Percussion Ensembles

Percussion Ensemble

Director: Jesse Willis

The CCU Percussion Ensemble is open to both music majors and non-music majors (by audition). As one of the most unique ensembles on the CCU campus, the CCU Percussion Ensemble performs both classic and contemporary literature for percussion. The ensemble has performed at high schools around the state of South Carolina and been invited to perform at the South Carolina Music Educators Conference and the South Carolina Day of Percussion.

The CCU Percussion Ensemble offers a multifaceted educational experience for each student. Every member of the CCU Percussion Ensemble will have the opportunity to perform in a variety of musical settings. Each semester the group performs both large works for percussion orchestra, as well as more intimate chamber pieces.   

Literature that has been programmed in the past includes: “Toccata for Percussion”, “Six Marimbas” by Steve Reich, "Mudra" by Bob Becker, "Crown of Thorns" by David Maslanka, “Kyoto” by John Psathas, “Vespertine Formations” by Christopher Deane, "Stained Glass" by David R. Gillingham, "Marimba Spiritual" by Minoru Miki, "The Doomsday Machine" by Michael Burritt, “Six” by Ivan Trevino, and many more.

Each semester the group has access to several days in the CCU recording Studio. This opportunity provides our students with the opportunity to work in live studio recording session and offers them valuable real world recording experience.  

World Percussion Ensemble

Director: Jesse Willis

Under the direction of Jesse Willis, CalypSamba, The CCU World Percussion Ensemble, has performed at arts festivals, music education conferences and dozens of public schools throughout the state of South Carolina and the Southeastern United States. The ensemble recently won the prestigious Percussive Arts Society World Percussion Ensemble Competition and was invited to perform at PASIC 2015 in San Antonio, TX.

The ensemble is made up of a diverse group of undergraduate students majoring in a variety of different fields. Members of the ensemble have come from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Minnesota, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Kansas, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Virginia, Florida, Texas and St. Thomas. During its 13-year history, the ensemble has studied and performed musical styles from Africa, Japan, Trinidad and Tobago, India, Cuba and Brazil.

The CCU Steel Pan Ensemble is part of CalypSamba and is one of the most in demand performing ensembles in the music department. Each semester the group performs for important campus events as well as several run-out gigs across Myrtle Beach and the South Carolina resort area known as the Grand Strand. CalypSamba is an integral part of the CCU Music Department, which focuses on providing each student with a culturally and stylistically diverse music education.