The UNCG Percussion Ensemble performs a diverse repertoire, allowing students to experience a broad range of percussion music from Western and non-Western traditions. Programs include smaller chamber works (trios, quartets, quintets) as well as larger conducted works. Dr. Neeraj Mehta, the ensemble director, cultivates an environment where students are fully engaged and contribute to all aspects of the percussion ensemble experience. This creates the opportunity for the exchange of musical ideas, development of effective chamber skills, and the creation of unique interpretations of music. As members of the ensemble, students also have the opportunity to participate in the West African Ensemble and Steel Band. The UNCG Percussion Ensemble performs two concerts per year and also participates in schoolwide events, such as the annual Collage Concert. Off campus, the ensemble regularly performs at P.A.S. "Days of Percussion" in North Carolina.
Recent repertoire highlights include:
Threads (Paul Lansky), Tin Play (Per Andreasson), Sculpture in Wood (Rudiger Pawassar), Ionisation (Edgar Varese), Nordic Peace (Tobias Bostrom), Dusk (Dave Samuels), Metroplex Drive (Anders Astrand), Sonata No. 2 "Woodstock" (Peter Schickele), Gasoline Rainbow (Adam Silverman), Jose Before John 5 (Aurel Hollo), Ogoun Badagris (Christopher Rouse), and Living Room Music (John Cage)
The Percussion Ensemble is directed by Dr. Eric Willie