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Percussion Studio

Welcome to the Columbus State University Percussion Studio website. For more information about the studio, ensembles and the school, please check out the links on the left.

I would also like to invite you to come visit the school, tour the facilities and residences and have a free lesson! While you're here you could also attend classes and rehearsals. Please don't hesitate to contact me directly with any questions:

Office: 706-649-1235

Percussion Quartet

Want to apply to the Schwob School of Music and audition?

Here's how:

For undergraduate degrees, start here:

After reading that page and completing the Undergraduate Audition Application, follow the Audition Dates and Reservations link on that same page and schedule an audition. If you cannot come on a scheduled audition date contact me directly to set up a time that's convenient for you.

You don't need to be accepted to the university before setting up an audition.

The University requires its own separate application, which can be found here:


Several scholarships have been put aside specifically for percussion students. There is no separate application process for music scholarships. A student is automatically considered for scholarship when auditioning.

The only exception to this is the Woodruff Scholarship, which has very specific application criteria, see:

Undergraduate audition requirements

One concert snare drum solo from:

  1. Cirone: Portraits in Rhythm (#s 4, 10, 11 appropriate)
  2. Delécluse: Douze Etudes (any)
  3. Rudimental solo from one of the following collections:
    • Charley Wilcoxon: The All-American Drummer
    • John S. Pratt: 14 Modern Concert Solos

One two-mallet solo from:

  1. G. H. Green: Xylophone Rags
  2. Morris Goldenberg: Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba, and Vibraphone
  3. A movement of a Bach Cello Suite or Flute Partita

One four-mallet solo (optional, but recommended)

  1. A work by one of the following composers, or any piece demonstrating basic four-mallet technique:
    • Clair Omar Musser
    • Mitchell Peters
    • Paul Smadbeck
    • Eric Sammut
    • Blake Tyson
    • Ivan Trevino
    • Michael Burritt

One timpani solo from:

  1. Mitchell Peters: Fundamental Method for Timpani (#s 45, 47 appropriate)
  2. Saul Goodman: Modern Method for Timpani (3 or 4 drum etudes)
  3. Richard Hochrainer: Etuden for Timpani (volume 1 or 2, 3 or 4 drum etudes)

All the methods books and pieces listed above can be purchased at:

Graduate audition requirements

  1. One concert snare drum solo: Delécluse: Douze Etudes (any)
  2. One rudimental snare drum solo: Pratt, Wilcoxon, Tompkins, etc.
  3. One advanced four-mallet marimba work
  4. One solo timpani work:
    1. Etude from Carter's Eight Pieces for Four Timpani
    2. Etude from Delecluse's Vingt études 
    3. Etude from Hochrainer's collection
  5. One two-mallet solo: G.H. Green Xylophone Rag or a movement from a Bach Cello Suite
  6. Excerpts:
    1. Snare Drum: 
      1. Movements 3 & 4 from Rimsky Korsakov's Scheherazade
      2. Prokofiev's Lt. Kije
      3. Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra
    2. Keyboard
      1. Gershwin's Porgy and Bess
      2. One other xylophone excerpt of your choice
      3. Sorcerer's Apprentice, Pine of Rome, or Magic Flute
    3. Timpani
      1. Movement 1 of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 (4 before T to 2 before V)
      2. One other Timpani excerpt of your choice
  7. Multi-Percussion (optional): Solo or chamber performance, video performance may be sent in ahead of audition
  8. Drumset (optional): Show various styles, sight read chart with play-along