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.

Contact Storm Benjamin at percussion@byso.org

Messages from the Conductor

Hey BYSO Percussion! Hope you’re staying musical at home. Until we can get back together, I’ll be posting a new lick every week for you to tryout on your drum or practice pad at home.

Polyrhythms!? Fear no more.

 

Need to practice scales? Want to work on 4 mallet technique? This might help!

 

 

 

How to Make Your Own Practice Marimba:

Materials:

•Cardboard   •Scissors   •Tape Measure   •Ruler or Square   •Pencil   •Permanent Marker

Cardboard Length (there will be some extra at the end):

• 5 octave: 7′ 10″     • 4.3 octave: 6.5″      • 4 octave: 6″

White Key Bar Width:

• C2 – E2: 2.75″       • F2 – F3: 2.5″       • G3 – F4: 2.25″       • G4 – C5: 2″

• D5 – C6: 1.75″       • D6 – C7: 1.5″

 

Enjoy lick number 3: another excerpt from Scheherazade.

– Lick no. 3 –

– Lick no. 2 –

– Lick no. 1 –

Rudiments: paradiddle, 5-stroke roll, grandmas (seriously, look it up, there is a rudiment called grandmas), flam taps, puh-duh-duh’s (you can’t make this stuff up)

WANT YOUR VIDEO TO BE POSTED RIGHT HERE IN THIS VERY SPOT????? SEND ME A VIDEO OF YOU PLAYING THIS LICK AND I WILL POST IT!!!!

Coming Soon…. how to make your own practice marimba!

Stay tuned for more fun licks and things, updated each Saturday.

Have a questions? send me an email! stormbpercussion(at)gmail(dot)com

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