Percussion at UTEP
The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Percussion Ensemble is a performing group dedicated to the performance of diverse music for percussion. Under the direction of Andy P. Smith since 2016, The ensemble’s pedagogical philosophy emphasizes the development of chamber music and artist-level performance skills. The versatility and depth of musicianship required of the contemporary percussionist in mind, the broad repertory includes everything from classic works to cutting edge contemporary compositions. UTEP Percussion is currently participating in a joint commission sponsoring a new work for percussion ensemble featuring the Caixa Percussion trio. The Pandemonium Steel Band, and Samba Surdoeste Bateria perform folkloric music and share a cyclic calendar with the flagship ensemble.
UTEP Percussion Ensemble aims to perform relevant contemporary music in addition to historically significant works. Having participated in a commission consortium with composer Cayenna Ponchione and the Caixa Trio, the group will perform Ponchione’s Contagion for percussion ensemble and percussion trio in April 2019 at UTEP’s Percussion Ensemble Festival (April 4–6, 2019).
The group presents four major concerts per year in addition to off-campus and special events. Recent programs have included Heavy Metals featuring contemporary works, and The Music of Brazil featuring the Batuquê Trio in collaboration with UTEP percussionists. UTEP percussion’s popular Music of Cuba and Trinidad program, this year held March 4, 2018 featured folkloric and popular music from Cuba, collaboration with UTEP Concert Chorale, and UTEP Trombone Quartet, and the Pandemonium Steel band performing soca, tassa, samba, and Zimbabwean Shona styles.
Pandemonium was founded by (retired) Professor Larry White in 1996 as a collaboration between the UTEP Departments of Music, Metallurgy, and Physics. has achieved international recognition through journal articles and performances across the United States and Mexico. Past performances include featured appearances in Cancun, Mexico and at "Music Under the Stars,” Chamizal National Memorial, Juarez, Mexico. The group has recorded CDs, "Millennium Steel," and"Music under the Stars.”
The 10-piece “Pantastics” band-within-a-band performs in support of UTEP events including Minerpalooza, UTEP International Festival, and Orange and Blue Day. They perform regularly at private and corporate events. For booking, please contact Dr. Smith at email@example.com.
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Bands for Hire
The elite Pantastics Steel band, a 10-piece ensemble, UTEP Drumline, and Samba Surdoeste are all available for hire at corporate and private events. Proceeds provide for instrument tuning and maintenance, as well as guest artist educational opportunities for our students.
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