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A visit to an elementary school

We had a great visit to Fallon Elementary School in Wayne, NJ, the other day. We played some of Lou Harrison’s music and talked about non-traditional percussion. One of our WP alums Christina Batiz teaches there and she guest conducted. … Continue reading

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NJPE 50 years

Tonight is the night. After many months of hard work we’re getting ready to celebrate 50 years of music making with New Jersey Percussion Ensemble. So many alums and faculty and students will be there, it will be a magical … Continue reading

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Big concert coming up!

Monday, February 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Shea Auditorium. Mark it in your calendar! This is a big, big, big event. Did I say big? It’s BIG!! This concert celebrates 50 years of New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, the professional percussion ensemble … Continue reading

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New Music concerts . . .

We have two more New Music Series concerts this fall, please go HERE to learn more.  The one this coming week will include some amazing student performances and then the one in late November is dedicated to Dr. Jeffrey Kresky, … Continue reading

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Gene Koshinski

We had a fabulous clinic by Gene Koshinski this past week.  Thanks, Gene, for sharing your amazing music with us!

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WP Concert Percussion Boot Camp

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This event is totally free and open to all students, directors, and percussion lovers.  The focus is on making YOUR percussion section sound better.  We encourage you to bring your entire … Continue reading

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Busy days . . . so many concerts

So many concerts!  Collage, New Music, Midday Series, and on and on.  Late night rehearsals, early morning rehearsals, these are busy days, but the percussionists are digging in and playing very well.  

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