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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences School of Music

WSU Performance Groups for Percussionists

  • Wind Symphony: Our audition-based concert band! This group is for the advanced percussionist exploring all areas of percussion. Directed by Dr. Danh Pham.
  • Symphonic Band: Our second band is open for music majors, music minors, and non-majors. If you played in your high school band and would like to continue, this ensemble is for you!
  • Orchestra: Also an auditioned ensemble, our orchestra is the perfect place for music majors looking for professional training! Directed by Dr. Danh Pham.
  • Jazz Band I & II: The award-winning jazz big band has traveled all over the country! Both bands perform a wide range of jazz styles including contemporary, Latin, modal and classic swing. Directed by Dr. Austin Cebulske.
  • Jazz Combos: The combo program has too many groups to count! Once your combo has a set of tunes ready to play, you perform at the local club in Pullman (Rico’s)!
  • Percussion Ensemble: A community favorite! The percussion ensemble tests your skills on all percussion instruments (mallets, drums, timpani, auxiliary, non-western percussion, etc.). Directed by Dr. Christopher Wilson.
  • Crimson Ties: The WSU World Music ensemble is your opportunity to learn about and perform indigenous and indigenous-inspired music from around the world.
  • Cougar Marching Band: A 30-piece drumline consisting of music majors, music minors, and non-majors. A great way to improve your technical chops!


For more information on ensemble auditions, visit If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Washington State University School of Music at (509) 335-3898. Or email Christopher Wilson at

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