The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has two percussion ensembles (Percussion Ensemble and Global Rhythm Ensemble) comprised of percussion majors, minors, and non-majors. Students who are not percussion majors or minors are eligible to audition for the ensemble.
This ensemble comprises a major part of the percussionist’s performance experience. With very few exceptions the ensemble is devoted to performing literature written expressly for percussion, encompassing a wide spectrum of styles. In addition, music from various cultures (Afro-Cuban, Middle Eastern, Mexican marimba, African, etc.) will be included on percussion ensemble programs.
The role of percussion in twentieth century music as a catalyst for acoustical experimentation, compositional theories, and instrumental experimentation and evolution is a fantastic historical perspective and one which still maintains its influential position in a multitude of current musical trends.