Percussion at WHS 

Percussion studies at Fort Zumwalt West provides 6th-12th grade students a program of study in orchestral, solo, chamber, world and jazz idioms. Students will have the opportunity to work with local & world-class artists & instructors creating well-rounded experiences in percussion training.  Percussion students' year of learning will culminate with our annual Night of Percussion, held each April.

Large Ensemble Experience

All percussion students will participate in one of the outstanding wind-bands at Fort Zumwalt West, and are selected for an ensemble through an audition process. At FZW, there are three wind-bands: 1) Concert Band (9th Grade students), 2) Symphonic Winds & Percussion, and 3) Wind Ensemble. Each ensemble performs several concerts and participates in the Missouri State Large Ensemble Festival each year.

Concert Percussion

Students enrolled in Concert Band are members of Concert Percussion, a group that performs developing literature written for the large percussion ensemble.  A focus on developing percussion techniques, ear training skills, music theory, and appropriate rehearsal/performance disciplines will be taught and maintained throughout the semester.

Percussion Ensemble

Students enrolled in Symphonic Winds & Percussion are members of the Percussion Orchestra, a group that performs advancing literature written for the large percussion ensemble.  Advancing percussion techniques, ear training skills, music theory, and appropriate rehearsal/performance disciplines will be taught and maintained throughout the semester.

Percussion Orchestra

Students enrolled in Wind Ensemble are members of Percussion Ensemble, a select group that performs advanced music written for large or small percussion ensembles. Advanced percussion techniques, ear training skills, music theory, and appropriate rehearsal/performance disciplines will be taught and maintained throughout the semester.

Useful Percussion Organizations and Links