World Percussion Ensemble Literature


At PASIC 2005, I participated in a panel discussion sponsored by the PAS World Percussion Committee. My portion of the discussion had to do with percussion ensemble literature. I compiled a handout of representative percussion ensemble literature influenced to some degree by world music. The list is loosely categorized by geographical influence (Asian, African, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, etc.). We ran out of handouts at PASIC (who knew so many people would come to a panel discussion?), and over the years I have received emails from people requesting a copy. For those interested, it is now on my website in the “Writings” section, or you can just click here




N. Scott Robinson at Winthrop University

NSR with BMW and Winthrop percussion students

NSR with BMW and Winthrop percussion students

We had a great time with N. Scott Robinson at Winthrop during the first week of April, 2009. Students had an opportunity to study with Scott privately and in group sessions on all types of frame drums including tar, riq, bodhran, and kanjira. His handouts on technical development (which we understand will soon be part of his new book) were very helpful. Scott does a fantastic job communicating with students in a clinic setting. As part of his residency, he also presented a PowerPoint slide presentation titled “The New Percussionist.” You can find more information about this terrific presentation at

We were most excited to have the opportunity to perform several of Scott’s compositions on our spring percussion ensemble concert, including Ghanaba Celebration for singer/handclappers, Sankofa for congas, shekeres, djembes, and African bells, Trio for Ogun for three congas and three conch shell trumpets (which we performed at PASIC in Austin last November), and a work commissioned by the Winthrop University Percussion Ensemble, Carnatic Variations for tars and bodhrans with solkattu. Scott also performed two of his solo compositions on the concert, Shaken, Not Stirred for riq and Global Positions for ghaval. All pieces are available on NSR’s website, by the way. Check them out at (well, maybe not the new piece just yet, but it’ll probably be up soon).

Scott was a featured clinician at the South Carolina Day of Percussion held at Winthrop April 4, 2009. His clinic on hand drumming and brushes was full of very practical hints on performing in a variety of real-world settings.

My students had a great hang with NSR at Winthrop and SCDOP. He’s a wonderful musician, composer, teacher, and friend.

Thanks, Scott!