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Percussion Ensemble

"Lancer Steel" gives their first performance on NEW pans. Thanks to Mazzini Gill and master tuner Sheely Irvine, they are sounding great!

Studio Mission

  • Provide percussion majors with background in all major areas (snare drum, mallets, timpani, drumset, and world percussion) of percussion study
  • Teach ensemble skills through participation in the percussion ensemble
  • Assist students with planning viable future career paths
  • Offer the opportunity for students campus-wide to work toward producing quality musical performances
  • Provide the Farmville community with enjoyable concerts and advocate for the arts through music
  • To recruit new ensemble members through on- and off-campus appearances
"Longwood Taiko" makes its premier debut in Molnar Recital Hall, November 2011.

Percussion Equipment at Longwood

The Percussion Department offers a wide array of percussion equipment for rehearsal and for performance, including a 5-octave Malletech marimba, a 4-octave Adams xylophone, two sets of timpani, and a complete set of steel drums.


Chris Thomas, Director

Adjunct Faculty: Percussion, Percussion Ensemble. 

B.M.E., Central Michigan University; M.M. Northwestern University.