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Percussion Studio

Hello and welcome to the percussion studio web page at Pittsburg State University.  Please take some time to browse our page to find information about guest artists, faculty and student recitals, audition information, and other percussion related activities at PSU.  If you’re looking to become a music educator, percussion performer, percussion enthusiast, or just think you would really enjoy the thrill of participating in a college marching band, PSU is the place for you!

Percussionists wishing to set up an audition time should contact Dr. James Clanton at, or the music department at  For audition requirements and information go to Scholarship Audition Guidelines.

Other times are also available by appointment.  Contact Dr. Clanton or the Department of Music.

Dr. James Clanton percussion faculty

Percussion opportunities

Performance opportunities for percussionists at PSU are numerous and include: Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, The Pride of the Plains Marching Band, S.E.K Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band, Jazz Lab Band, and Jazz Combo.  Also active in the campus community is the percussion student organization “Apex.”  This organization provides both on and off campus performance opportunities for its active members, as well as a forum for all percussionists and percussion minded students at PSU to get together and discuss everything percussion!

Percussionists at PSU are provided with a systematic, extensive study of percussion instruments during their weekly lessons with the percussion faculty.  During these lessons, percussionists are provided with detailed instruction of all major Western percussion instruments including snare drum, timpani, two and four mallet marimba, vibraphone and drum set.  Percussion lessons also include a solid foundation in various genres of world music from the drums of Africa and the Middle East to the marimbas of Southern Mexico. 

The percussion studio also has an organized weekly studio class that provides students with supplemental instruction on everything from tambourine and djembe to orchestral excerpts and performance practice.  These studio classes also provide an opportunity for percussionists to get together to share ideas and to perform for one another.  

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Current Studio Members

Violet Jackson (BM, Freshman)
Jack Milzarek (BME, Junior)
Bryce Sandstoe (BME, Junior)
Daulton Edwards (BME, Junior)
Nick Mendoza (BME, Senior)
Gabriel Cozart (BM, Senior)
Zane Hull (BA, Junior)
Landon Trotter (BA, Senior)
Michael Walker (MM)
Daniel McDill (MM) 

2018 PSU Drumline Audition Materials (Posted in March 2018)

Percussive Arts Society

For additional information contact:
Department of Music
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, Kansas 66762
(620) 235-4466