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University Percussion Ensemble
The Percussion Ensemble provides percussionists with the opportunity to learn techniques and literature through rehearsal and performance in a chamber setting. The literature is selected from the best available compositions for percussion. The ensemble performs both with and without a conductor. Recent concerts have included such works as: John Cage, Credo in US, The Wonderful Widow of 18 Springs, and Cage and Lou Harrison's Double Music; Christopher Rouse, Ku-Ka-Ilimoku and Ogoun Badagris; Minoru Miki, Marimba Spiritual; and Thom Hasenpflug, Bieksa.
The GVSU Steelband was formed in January 1997. The group performs in the tradition of the great steelbands of Trinidad but also plays arrangements of soca, calypso, and Latin/jazz tunes, as well as original compositions for this instrumentation. The band performs on campus during the year and there are many opportunities for off-campus and special performances.