The Clemson Percussion Studio typically involves 35-40 students, actively performing in a variety of ensembles and representing a variety of majors. Performance opportunities for percussionists include the Clemson University Drumline and Tiger Band, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, Gigging Steel Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Basketball Pep Band, and Symphony Orchestra. Private lessons are also offered on rudimental and concert snare drum, mallet/keyboard percussion, timpani, drum set, world percussion, Latin percussion, multiple percussion, and accessories. Percussionists enjoy quality equipment and a healthy and ever-growing collection of concert, marching, world, and orchestral percussion instruments.
Guest masterclasses, workshops, and concerts are also an integral part of the percussion program. Students have the opportunity to get involved in the Percussive Arts Society and attend the South Carolina PAS “Day of Percussion.” The Department of Performing Arts is housed in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts featuring practice rooms, rehearsal rooms, teaching studios, recording studio, and the 997-seat Brooks Theater. Percussionists are encouraged to explore the department’s Music Performing Arts Major (B.A.) as well as our music minor. For more information on the Clemson Percussion Program, visit https://www.clemson.edu/cah/academics/performing-arts/index.html