The Georgia Southern University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Matthew D. Fallin, meets twice a week and is an integral part of the student’s musical growth and experience. Its focus is a broad repertoire encompassing many styles of percussion literature including transcriptions, popular music, and a variety of percussion ensemble staples.
Students performing in the percussion ensemble are exposed to ensemble participation usually not found in a Symphonic Band or Orchestral experience. The results are more attention to execution and the individual sounds being produced by the percussion instruments because of the soloistic role they play in this particular setting. As a result, students are usually able to perform better in a full ensemble and are able to have a better understanding of how their particular part fits into the larger whole of a piece.
Percussion as a discipline lends itself to a wide variety of international styles and it is important for students studying percussion to be aware of these styles. Creativity and improvisation are highly encouraged (in the appropriate settings, of course!).