PERCUSSION PERFORMING ENSEMBLES
The percussion groups at Southeastern perform for a wide variety of functions and events ranging from university and community concerts, performing for schools in the southeastern Oklahoma and north Texas regions, and performing at the Oklahoma Percussive Arts Society convention each year.
(These groups are open to music majors as well as non–music majors).
- Percussion Ensemble
- SOSU Drumline
- Middle East Ensemble
- African Ensemble
- Brazilian Ensemble
- Mexican Ensemble
- Caribbean Steel Band
The SE Percussion Ensemble consists of between 10 – 15 music and non-music majors. This innovative group performs literature from the standard repertoire writtenspecifically for percussion as well as Arrangements of Classical literature and contemporary transcriptions of popular tunes. In addition, the percussion ensemble performs music on authentic instruments from different cultures and regions of the world. These ethnic styles include: Middle East, Arabic, African, Brazilian, Mexican Marimba, and Caribbean Steel Drum styles. The Percussion Ensemble performs a formal concert in the fall and spring, makes tours to local area schools, performs for University and community events, and performs each spring at the Oklahoma Percussive Arts Society State Convention.
Dr. Marc M. White – Director of Percussion Studies
Southeastern’s Musical Arts Series features nationally known chamber ensembles, concert artists, and masterclasses during which students receive individual coaching from professional musicians. Recent artists include Danny Frye (Marimba Soloist), The Percussion Group Cincinnati, Ethos Percussion Group, EasSide Percussion Group, Talujon, Maelstrom, Brahmah, Hands On’Semble, Tempus Fugit, Velvet Brown Tuba with percussion trio, Nuclear Percussion Ensemble, Global Percussion Trio, Taikoza, D’Drum, Meadows World Music Ensemble, and Talujon.
Durant is located only a short distance from the city of Dallas, Texas, home of the Dallas Symphony and the Dallas Wind Symphony. Students have the opportunity to attend professional performances of these and many other fine groups including the Sherman Symphony, located in nearby Sherman, TX.
Auditions are held during the first weekend in February for both Music Majors and Non–Majors who wish to receive a scholarship. The audition for percussionists should but does not have to include the following:
- Snare Drum
- Keyboard Percussion (xylophone/marimba)
- Multiple Percussion
- Drum Set
The Department of Music awards a number of scholarships and fee waivers each year to qualified students based on the student audition. These scholarships are available to Music Majors AND Non–Majors. The scholarships are renewable for four years according to the guidelines stated in the award letter, and will be reviewed at the end of each year by the appropriate faculty.