Percussion Ensemble

Welcome to the UMS Percussion Ensemble information page.

We meet in (and around) the band room Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00 - 4:30 starting January 5th.   Our roughly 32 percussionists have a wide variety of experience, from first-timers to several years experience with multiple instruments. All are equal. All are here to create something awesome for the simple passion and camaraderie of playing music together. 

This year, UMS percussion will play at three competitions in the NCPA (Northern California Percussion Alliance) circuit. It is a positive, empowering circuit which aligns with our ideals.  I expect the students to work hard and to develop rehearsal etiquette as well as to have fun.  Parents with our organization are highly involved as well, since we need a great deal of help fundraising.  The suggested donation range to join is $175 - $210. This covers instructors (not Mrs. Reynolds - she volunteers her time!), competition entry fees, and equipment galore. Even the most basic equipment costs major cheddar. Additionally, we will have fundraisers and snack donations a-plently.  Be aware of matching donations by employers as well! 

Your staff: 
Jennie Reynolds: Director
Alix Martin: Mallets Instructor
Chris Thylin: Battery Instructor

Scroll down for links, contact info, and other fun stuff.

Dates Winter/Spring 20016:

Tues 1/5 : 3:00 - 4:30 First meeting and rehearsal (open auditions as well)
Thurs 1/7 3:00 - 4:30 Second meeting and rehearsal (open auditions as well)
Friday 1/8: Final instrument list (audition results) posted outside room 23 and the band room
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 3:00 - 4:30 meetings until April
Saturday 1/30: NCPA Competition  at Mountain House  (link has up-to-date info) plan all day for now!
Saturday 2/20: NCPA Competition  at Dublin   (link has up-to-date info) plan all day for now!
Saturday 3/19: Family and Friends show at Leigh High School  (info to follow) Event starts at 7:00. Call time will be earlier for percussionists.
Saturday 4/2: NCPA Finals at Logan High School   (link has up-to-date info) plan all day for now!

Application to join Percussion Ensemble Season 2:  January - April 2016 

Comp Season 2016 Application to Join UMS Percussion

This year will be the 5th year of UMS Percussion Ensemble!  I'm really passionate about this after school club which I started in 2011.  Some things have changed: in our first year, we had twelve drummers, and couldn't quite make it through our song: George of the Jungle.  Last year, we competed at Logan High School in the NCPA Finals.  We took first place in our category and by a margin of seven points!  Some things have stayed the same: this is a safe and creative environment where musicians of all experience levels work together in a supportive way to create something really cool.  Good music, awesome skills, and kindness.  While winning is fun, we are here for something much more important than that: we are here to grow passionate and creative musicians.

In 2015/2016, we will have two seasons: Fall (October through December), and Winter (January through early April). Our goal this year is to compete two or three times in the NCPA circuit.  
The instructors and I will have our first informational meeting for interested families in September to start planning our season.  Watch the announcements for the date/time of the meeting, or join Remind (instructions below) to get updates.

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