JMU Percussion Studio

Dear Prospective JMU Percussionists:

I am extremely happy to introduce Mr. Casey Cangelosi as the new Director of Percussion Studies at JMU. Mr. Cangelosi was chosen from 163 applicants and is one of America's premier percussionists. I will not try to list his accomplishments to date but would rather direct you to his website at:

Most of you are still deciding where to continue your studies for the next four years. You most likely are discussing this decision with your band director, your percussion teacher and certainly your parents. I can assure you that the JMU percussion studio will continue to be a great place to study. The supportive attitude of our studio and the super quality of our ensembles will remain the same and will be invigorated by young Mr. Cangelosi's wonderful teaching. 

Should you or your parents have any questions please feel free to email me ( If you would like you may also send your questions to Mr. Cangelosi at:

I wish you the very best as you make your decision and would ask that once you have decided on your choice to please let me know. 

Sincerely yours,

B. Rice

The James Madison University School of Music's percussion studio has a nationwide reputation for excellence in performance. Our percussion ensemble has performed at conventions in Chicago, Knoxville, Tenn., Washington, D.C., and Norfolk, Va. In 1990, the ensemble presented a spotlight concert at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Philadelphia. Our facilities include seven individual practice rooms for percussionists, a large practice/storage room and two teaching studios.

There are many outstanding performance opportunities for percussion students. Students perform in orchestras, concert bands, wind ensemble, jazz ensembles, percussion ensemble, steel drum band, ragtime marimba band and numerous chamber ensembles. Of special interest to many percussion students is the corps-style Marching Royal Dukes and opportunities available as a marching ensemble.

Extreme care is taken to provide exposure to all percussion elements to help students prepare for careers in education, performance or business.

Vic Firth Spotlight performance of Spirits by David J. Long.

Studio members with Gifford Howarth