Whether you are a prospective or current student, the percussion program at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville has everything to make you a successful percussionist. Beyond the regular curriculum, there are a variety of performance opportunities and outstanding faculty to help you every step of the way. Take time to explore our site and see what our program can do for you.

Students interested in percussion studies at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will be given opportunities to study both pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments. The “Total Percussion” philosophy is the ideal basis for all percussion students at Platteville. Percussionists enrolled in lessons learn the basics of the three primary percussion instruments (snare drum, mallets, and timpani) as well as additional study in drumset, solo repertoire, contemporary music, orchestral percussion, and jazz.

Enrolled students will have access to practice rooms, percussion studio performances, and access to university percussion equipment for university ensembles.


Pioneer Percussion Ensemble (MUSIC 1200)

The Pioneer Percussion Ensemble is a unique and diverse ensemble that performs one full concert every spring semester.

A crucial component in developing musical and technical skills for the contemporary percussionist, the Pioneer Percussion Ensemble performs music from many different genres including contemporary percussion ensemble literature, jazz, and world music. The Percussion Ensemble is open to all students; please contact the director Keith Lienert at lienertk@uwplatt.edu if you have any questions.

Pioneer Steel Band (MUSIC 1250) 

The Pioneer Steel Band allows students to study and perform steel band music from the Caribbean, Africa, and the Americas. This course is designed to promote a student's development as a performer on the steel pan and percussion instruments, while also emphasizing stylistic interpretation and ensemble etiquette. The Pioneer Steel Band is open to all students by audition.

The Pioneer Percussion Ensemble and the Pioneer Steel Band are available for performances and clinics throughout the academic year. If you are interested in hosting either ensemble for a concert or clinic, please contact Keith Lienert.