Percussion at George Mason University

Mason Percussion Ensemble

Percussion Ensemble

The Percussion Ensemble plays a vital role in the overall development of our percussion majors.  Ensemble literature varies from trios and quartets to large-scale, conducted works.  The group has commissioned and premiered music from Jonathan Newman, Peter Erskine and Jesse Guessford, as well as presenting major works by Steve Reich, Edgar Vareze, Christopher Rouse, John Cage, Lou Harrison, Michael Burritt, and Bob Becker, among many others.  New and experimental literature round out the programming each season.

Along with two major performances each academic year, the percussion ensemble performs a number of other events, including an annual collaboration between the group and Mason student composers, which results in a workshop performance in the fall semester.

Membership in the Mason percussion ensemble is limited to percussion majors and minors, however, there are numerous other opportunities for percussion performance at Mason, including:

The Mean Green – Mason’s Award Winning Indoor Drumline

Chris Martin, Director

The Mean Green II – Mason’s University Drumline

Chris Martin, Director

The Green Machine -- Mason's Pep Band

Doc Nix, Director

Mason Steel Pan

Victor Provost, Director

Selected recent performances



Directed by:
Professor John Kilkenny

Professor John Kilkenny


Featured Media

Music/Video coming soon! .


2009 Washington Premier of Philip Glass Concerto Fantasy for two Timpanists and Wind Symphony with the GMU Wind Symphony and guest timpanists.

Click here to view the first movement.

Professor John Kilkenny at the 2009
Virginia All State Band