Percussion Ensemble

Percussion Ensemble is an ensemble for percussionists in the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra organization. The typical Percussion Ensemble student has had some private instruction and school ensemble experience, has good snare drum and mallet technique, and reads music well.

Percussion Ensemble consists of all BYSO percussionists who were placed at the Philharmonia or Youth Symphony level after auditioning. Percussion Ensemble students provide percussion as needed for these two orchestras in addition to practicing and performing in their own ensemble, where they focus on interesting and challenging percussion-only pieces. Past ensemble works performed include Cirone’s 4/4 for Four, Spears’s Polyphonies, and an arrangement of Rossini’s William Tell Overture.

Sample of Percussion Ensemble:

Conductor: Storm Benjamin

Storm Benjamin received his Bachelor's degree in Music Performance from Central Washington University. Two years later, he earned his Master's degree in Music Performance at Central Michigan University. Mr. Benjamin has wide-ranging performance experience, from playing solo sets to chamber, orchestral, and marching ensembles. Learn more.

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Messages from the Conductor

Hello Percussion Ensemble! Please refer to this web page often to become familiar with our November 3rd concert information.

>>>>>Nov. 3rd Concert Day Schedule:<<<<<<

    • 2:55pm CALL TIME: Student MUST be on site at this time. Earlier is better!
    • 3:10pm – 3:40pm: Philharmonia Rehearsal
    • 4:05pm – 4:20pm: Percussion Ensemble Rehearsal
    • 4:30pm – 5:45pm: CONCERT
    • 5:45pm – 6:15pm: DINNER BREAK (please pack a nutritious meal)
    • 6:20pm: ON STAGE
    • 6:35pm – 7:20pm : Youth Symphony Rehearsal
    • 7:30pm: CONCERT

Fall Showcase Concert information

  • Percussion Ensemble
    • Five on Five – Stephen Primatic
    • Lux Aurumque – Eric Whitacre, arr. Storm Benjamin
  • Philharmonia
    • March Slav – P. Tchaikovsky

Fall Masterworks Concert Information

  • Youth Symphony
    • Pictures at an Exhibition – M. Mussorgsky, orch. M. Ravel
    • The Magnificent Seven Symphony Suite – E. Bernstein, arr. Patrick Russ

Recordings/ Videos of Repertoire for Nov. 3rd Concerts:

Be sure to listen often!!!

Primatic – “Five on Five” (Percussion Ensemble):

Bernstein (Youth Symphony):

Spotify Playlist:

  • Tchaikovsky (Philharmonia)
  • Mussorgsky/ Ravel (Youth Symphony)
  • Whitacre (Percussion Ensemble)



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