Percussion Ensemble

In-Person Rehearsals:
In-person rehearsals follow WA State DOH guidelines for schools. We are watching evolving School District and State COVID guidelines and will make changes accordingly. Click here for complete BYSO COVID Policy and Procedures.



Rehearsal Location Schedule for Spring Quarter

  • March 27th – April 24th | Percussion Ensemble Rehearsal
    • Location: Bellevue Children’s Academy South Campus (14640 NE 24th St, Bellevue, WA 98007)
  • May 1st | Rehearsal with Philharmonia
    • Location: Lake Washington High School (12033 NE 80th St, Kirkland, WA 98033)
  • May 8th | Rehearsal with Premiere & Sinfonia
    • Location: Overlake Christian Church (9900 Willows Rd NE, Redmond, WA 98052)
  • May 15th | Rehearsal with Youth Symphony
    • Location: Bellevue Children’s Academy South Campus (14640 NE 24th St, Bellevue, WA 98007)
Rehearsals Spring Quarter Dates
Mondays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm March 27 – May 22, 2023 (No rehearsal on 4/10)
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 Fall & Winter Quarters Only
The next BYSO retreats will be
held in the 2023-24 Season.
Spring Concert | Multiple Sunday, May 21 & Monday, May 22
Meydenbauer Theatre Call times and more are TBA. Percussion Ensemble’s
11100 NE 6th St solo concert is Monday, May 22 at 7:00 pm.
Bellevue, WA 98004

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!

Volunteers will be a vital part of a successful Spring Quarter for all of our students. We need volunteers to help with attendance, setting up/tearing down, and supporting our students during their rehearsals. Click here to sign up now!


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.

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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