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CSUSB’s Percussion Ensemble performs a wide range of classical, jazz, and world music. Recently the group expanded to include a steel drum band, Coyote Steel. The ensemble performs at least once on campus every quarter, often sharing concerts with high school ensembles and periodically bringing eminent guest percussionists to campus. Past guests have included composer William Kraft, members of the LA Philhamornic, and the LA Percussion Quartet. Each spring the group tours to area school and other venues, most recently performing for the California Percussive Arts Society’s annual competitive festival. The group also periodically combines with Spark Percussion, a professional ensemble of alumni and faculty in residence at CSUSB.

The percussion ensemble rehearses weekly every quarter from 2:00 to 3:15 pm on Tuesday and Thursday. Any student on campus with prior percussion experience is welcome to audition for the group, and non-percussionists are encouraged to inquire about world music opportunities, including Coyote Steel. Please direct all inquires to Dr. Todd A. Johnson at or 909-537-5866.