The Rutgers Percussion Ensemble has emerged in recent years as one of the leading university percussion groups in the United States. The ensemble reflects the Mason Gross tradition of excellence in the arts, with recent performances at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City, the Suffolk County Music Education Association, the South Brunswick Percussion Ensemble Festival, and Central Jersey Day of Percussion.
The Rutgers Percussion Ensemble focuses on developing chamber music sensitivity in the performance of a wide spectrum of percussion music, including recent avant-garde compositions, standard repertory, popular favorites, and Brazilian and African drumming.
The ensemble is the winner of the 2004 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition and traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, for a showcase concert at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). Exit 9, the percussion quintet drawn from the ensemble, has performed extensively in the United States and at the Jeju Festival and Seoul National University in Korea. Exit 9 is the winner of the Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition, a rare honor for a percussion group. Spindrift, a percussion quartet also drawn from the ensemble, has commissioned numerous new works from composers nationwide.
Students are given the opportunity to perform frequently as soloists and with other ensembles, as well as in the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra.