Percussion Ensemble

Rehearsals will be held on Monday evenings from 6:30pm – 8:30 pm. Musicians are expected to arrive and be prepared to rehearse 15 minutes prior to start time.


The Fall 2023 Parents Meeting will be held on Monday, September 18. More details will be emailed to all enrolled families in September, along with full calendar dates and venue locations.

Rehearsals Fall Quarter Dates
Mondays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm  Rehearsals begin on Monday, September 25
Rehearsal Location Drop Off/ Pick Up
Bellevue Children’s Academy Please plan on prompt drop off and pick up to
14640 NE 24th St avoid congestion, as the parking lot is small. No
Bellevue, WA 98007 idling or parking in front of the entrance.
Retreat Retreat Location
Saturday, October 14 Odle Middle School
9:30 am to 12:30 pm 502 143 Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98007
Fall Concerts  Time & Date
Meydenbauer Theatre Saturday, November 18 @ 3:00pm & 7:00pm
11100 NE 6th St Sunday, November 19 @ 7:00pm
Call time and more info will be posted here
closer to the concert.

Student Checklist

  • Bring a music stand
  • Bring a pencil
  • Print your sheet music prior to first rehearsal (using link at top of this page) and bring with you to rehearsal
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of rehearsal to ensure you are in your chair and ready to play at the start of rehearsal
  • Have fun!


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.

Recent Percussion Ensemble Performance

Conductor: Denali Williams

Denali Williams is an in-demand performing and teaching percussionist in a wide-variety of musical styles. Mr. Williams serves as a percussion coach/consultant to several area school districts including Bellevue, Seattle, and Snoqualmie Valley. In addition to these duties he frequently adjudicates band/solo & ensemble festivals throughout the region. Mr. Williams maintains teaching studios in Seattle and Tacoma for both remote and in-person lessons. Learn more.

Contact Denali Williams at

Messages from the Conductor

Philharmonia, Youth Symphony, Flute Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble

Students with black blouses playing in concert.Religious head coverings:  plain black

Concert Attire

  • Black mask
  • Black shirt
  • Black pants/skirt
  • Black shoes
  • Black tie optional
  • Black suit jacket optional

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