Percussion Ensemble Festival

 UNCP 2017 Percussion Ensemble Festival

We are pleased to announce that UNCP's 10th annual Percussion Ensemble Festival will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The festival is open to any and all percussion ensembles ranging from elementary school to college. The event is free for PAS members and $5 for non-members. Anyone registering for PAS the day of the event will get in for FREE!

This is a non-competitive festival. Each group is asked to prepare 1 or 2 percussion ensemble pieces that they will perform for everyone. After each performance the clinicians will work with the ensemble to improve their percussion skills.

If you and / or your students are new to percussion ensemble you can also come as a non-performer and just soak in the knowledge during the day.

We are excited to announce that the guest clinician for the 2017 UNCP Percussion Festival is James Culley, Professor of Percussion at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and founding member of Percussion Group Cincinnati. As an original member of the Percussion Group Cincinnati (PGC), James Culley has recorded with PCG for the ars moderno, CDCM, Opus One, Einstein and EMF labels, and performed throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has directed CCM's Percussion Ensemble for thirty-one years, promoting new works by CCM student composers and specializing in performances of unconducted, full-score pieces. This student group has performed at Percussive Arts Society International Conventions in Nashville, St. Louis, and Columbus. In 1998 he received the Ernest N. Glover Outstanding Teaching Award for CCM. Culley has performed as an extra percussionist in the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Opera Orchestras, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Chautauqua Festival Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony, Columbus Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and Summit Brass, and he freelances as timpanist/percussionist in regional orchestras.

If you are interested in participating, contact Joseph Van Hassel at or 910.522.5705. Performances are set-up on a first come, first served basis so get your info to me now to participate.