The Western University Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Jill Ball, is a dynamic performing group presenting concerts both on campus and off. In 2014 the ensemble tour included performances in Kitchener, Burlington, Markham and Richmond Hill followed by concerts on campus during the 2014 OMEA in London. The Ensemble, comprised of Percussion Majors, performs a variety of styles with a focus on contemporary percussion literature, and there are often appearances by guest artists. The Western Percussion Ensemble has performed in numerous OMEA (Ontario Music Educators Association) Showcase concerts, at LOLA (London Ontario Live Arts Festival) festivals, the 2009 Ontario Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion and appeared as guests artists with the London Concert Band and the Blythe Festival Singers. Other performances include Soundstreams Canada at the Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, performing music by Peter Sculthorpe; Omar Daniel Composer’s Concert at Western University; Southwestern Ontario Region Music Fest, London, and twice at the South Huron Schools’ Fall Band Festival in Clinton.
Auditions are not required for the Percussion Ensemble but membership does require the permission of the instructor. Complete information and percussion audition excerpts (for percussionists auditioning to be part of instrumental Large Ensembles) can be found here.
All wind, brass and percussion students planning to audition for this ensemble should complete and bring this form to their audition:
Fridays, 3:30 - 5:30p.m. + 2 extra hours TBD.
View Percussion Ensemble 2020-21 Season Recording
Students continued to rehearse and perform in person throughout 2020-21, with rigorous health and safety protocols. Please enjoy their performance, recorded on April 5, 2021 in Paul Davenport Theatre, Western University. Download program Recording available until July 31, 2021