Percussion Ensemble

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, recently including Yucaipa High School and San Gorgonio High School. In addition, the ensemble hosts the annual Inland Percussion Festival, bringing student percussion ensembles and soloists to campus from all over the Inland Empire, and each spring the group tours to area school and other venues, most recently performing a concert at CSUSB's Palm Desert Campus. The group also periodically combines with the Inland Percussion Group, a professional ensemble in residence at CSUSB, to offer concerts on campus.

The percussion ensemble rehearses weekly every quarter from 4 pm to 5:15 pm on Monday and Wednesday. 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.

Inland Percussion Festival Banner

The 2013 Inland Percussion Festival was on April 20, hosted by CSUSB's Music Department and Percussion Ensemble, with sponsorship from the California chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. Activities included a solo and ensemble festival, adjudicated by CSUSB faculty member Gary Long, and a master class in the afternoon with Nicholas Terry, percussionist with the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet and a faculty member at Chapman University's Conservatory of Music. More than 50 area high school and college students participated.

Previous festivals' guest clinicians have included William Kraft, James Babor, and Jason Goodman.

Click for Images from the 2013 Inland Percussion Festival

Interested performers and directors can call or email the CSUSB Percussion Studio at or call (909) 537-5866.