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Percussion Studies

Phillip O'Banion, Artistic Director and Assistant Professor


Watch the Temple University Percussion Ensemble on YouTube

Excerpt from rehearsal of Philadelphia premiere of Steven Reich's Music for 18 Musicians. Performed April 5, 2016 at the Temple Performing Arts Center.

Adjunct Percussion Faculty Adjunct Percussion/Jazz Faculty Percussion Program
Christopher Deviney Tony Miceli - vibraphone B.M. in  Instrumental Performance
Rolando Morales-Matos Dan Monaghan - drumset M.M. in Percussion Performance
William Wozniak Steve Fidyk - drumset D.M.A. in Percussion Performance
Alan Abel Byron Landham - drumset Professional Studies

The Boyer College of Music and Dance is part of the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home to a thriving arts community located in close proximity to the city’s historic cultural institutions. The Boyer College offers BM (performance/ed/therapy/jazz), MM, diploma, and DMA degrees in percussion.

Temple’s percussion program, under the direction of Phillip O’Banion, provides students performing opportunities in symphony orchestra, percussion ensemble, wind symphony, concert bands, mixed contemporary and new music chamber ensembles, marching band, big bands, jazz combos, and Latin and Brazilian musical ensembles. Students are immersed in an academic environment that is both challenging and rewarding. A diverse musical curriculum compliments private instruction with multiple teachers and ensemble coaching by faculty who are musicians of the highest artistic caliber.

Adjunct percussion faculty include some of the most notable performers and pedagogues in the country including Alan Abel, Christopher Deviney, Steve Fidyk, Tony Miceli, Rolando Morales-Matos, Byron Landham, Daniel Monaghan, and William Wozniak. The M.M. program in orchestral percussion, under the leadership of Alan Abel for the past four decades, has a distinguished history with over 65 graduates performing in full-time symphony orchestras across the globe.

Both B.M. and M.M. alumni of Temple’s percussion program hold professional playing engagements and teaching positions at secondary schools, universities, and conservatories. Recent graduates have secured full-time teaching and clinical positions (music therapy), toured with notable jazz groups, or continued study at respected graduate institutions.

The College frequently hosts visiting percussion artists and composers. Recent guests have included Russell Hartenberger, Gordon Stout, Michael Burritt, Colin Currie, NEXUS, Douglas Howard, Don Liuzzi, Bob Becker, She-e Wu, Shannon Wood, Ryan Dilisi, David Herbert, Ivan Trevino, Frank Epstein, Leigh Howard Stevens, Brian DelSignore, MOBIUS Percussion, Warren Wolf, John Piper, Ignacio Berroa, and Jeff Hamilton.   

Percussion alumni perform with some of the top orchestras in the world and teach at universities around the country.

Degree programs


Cadence by Russell Hartenberger, 2013, BCM&D Records
MASS by John Mackey, 2012, BCM&D Records


The Temple University Percussion Ensemble seeks to provide a quality educational chamber music experience for its members, promotes the performance of percussion literature in a variety of styles, and encourages the composition of new works for the medium. The ensemble is directed by Phillip O’Banion, Artistic Director of Percussion Studies at the Boyer College.

Percussion ensemble members have recently worked with composers John Mackey, Michael Daugherty, Russell Hartenberger, Michael Colgrass, Bob Becker, Adam Silverman, Michael Burritt, Gordon Stout and Ivan Trevino, as well as NEXUS and the Mobius Percussion Quartet. They are frequent collaborators with the Dance Department and the Tyler School of Art within Temple’s Center for the Arts. In 2012 the ensemble commissioned, premiered and recorded Russell Hartenberger’s "Cadence" and released the premiere recording of John Mackey’s "Mass" for percussion sextet. Both performances are available commercially on BCM+D records. In April of 2013 the ensemble was featured on the Philadelphia Orchestra’s chamber music series, performing Steve Reich’s "Drumming." The group has recently commissioned a number of works, including Alejandro Vinao’s percussion sextet "Water," Marc Mellits "Gravity,: Adam Silverman’s "Sparklefrog" and "Volcanic Eruption" by adjunct faculty member Rolando Morales-Matos. In April of 2014, ensemble members gave the world premiere of Gordon Stout’s "Four Faces" for marimba and percussion quartet, with the composer as soloist. The ensemble will release an album of new works for percussion in early 2016.

PERCUSSION ALUMNI (*On the Boyer College faculty)
Chris Allen
, Pittsburgh Symphony
Ted Atkatz, faculty, Colburn School; Lynn University
Jeremy Branson, Pittsburgh Symphony
Elliot Beck, principal timpanist, Israel Philharmonic
Tom Blanchard, Chautauqua Symphony
Michael Culligan, percussionist, Cincinnati Symphony
Brian DelSignore, principal percussionist, Houston Symphony
David DePeters, Executive Director, National Repertory Orchestra; IRIS orchestra
*Christopher Deviney, principal percussionist, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Ryan DiLisi, principal timpanist, San Diego Symphony
Erin Dowrey, percussionist, San Diego Symphony
Tony Edwards; Austin Symphony; faculty, Round Top Music Festival
John Evans, Naples Philharmonic
Paul Evans, faculty, Carnegie Mellon University
Victor Garcia-Gaetan, percussionist, Radio City Music Hall; Mobius percussion quartet
Will Hudgins, percussionist, Boston Symphony; faculty, New England Conservatory of Music
Brian Jones, principal timpanist, Dallas Symphony
Brian Jordan, principal percussionist, Naples Philharmonic
William Kerrigan, principal percussionist, Delaware Symphony; faculty, Eastern University
John Kilkenny, faculty, George Mason University
Brian Kushmaul, Chautauqua Symphony
Brent Kuszyk, conductor, Biola University
Brad Loudis, percussion, Opera Philadelphia
Don Liuzzi, principal timpanist, The Philadelphia Orchestra; Curtis Institute of Music
Eric Millstein, percussionist, Lyric Opera of Chicago; faculty, Curtis Institute
*Rolando Morales-Matos, percussionist, The Lion King
Angela Nelson, associate principal timpanist & percussionist, The Philadelphia Orchestra
David Nelson, faculty, West Chester University; timpanist, Lancaster Symphony
Gerald Novak, percussionist, President’s Own Marine Band
Jiye Oh, Seoul Radio Orchestra
Joe Petrasek, principal percussionist, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Brian Prechtl, Baltimore Symphony
Harvey Price, professor, University of Delaware
Andrew Reamer, principal percussion, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Kenneth Riehman, percussionist; US Air Force Band
Michael Rosen, professor, Oberlin Conservatory
Tom Sherwood, Associate Principal, Cleveland Orchestra
John Shaw, Principal Percussion, The Florida Orchestra
Ralph Sorrentino
, faculty, West Chester University; Opera Philadelphia & PA Ballet
Matthew Strauss, percussionist, Houston Symphony; faculty, Rice University
James Swarts, percussionist, US Navy Band
Scott Verduin, Seoul Radio Orchestra
Dr. Douglas Walter, professor, University of Colorado
Richard Weiner, principal percussion (retired), Cleveland Orchestra
Steve Weiser, Executive Director, Erie Philharmonic
George Willis, professor, West Virginia University
Peter Wilson, timpanist, Harrisburg Symphony
Shannon Wood, principal timpanist, St. Louis Symphony
*William Wozniak, principal timpanist, Delaware Symphony
Trey Wyatt, percussionist, San Francisco Symphony
Cynthia Yeh, principal percussionist, Chicago Symphony
Gregory Zuber, principal percussionist, Metropolitan Opera