Every student percussionist—whether headed toward a career in performance or in music education, whether jazz or classical music, whether a tympani specialist, drum set artist, or general percussionist—spends hundreds or thousands of hours learning the vibraphone. And every student deserves a high-quality, concert-level vibraphone for practice and performance. As the DePaul School of Music recently moved into the new Holtschneider Performance Center, it became clear that we needed to expand our inventory of percussion instruments, especially vibraphones, in order to meet the needs of our extraordinarily talented students.
Percussionists play in integral role in nearly all of the school’s resident ensembles, which include a dedicated percussion ensemble, two orchestras, a wind symphony, three jazz groups, and many smaller chamber music groups and jazz combos. In addition to primary academic use, percussion equipment is used regularly by community members and area non-profit organizations who rehearse and perform in the Holtschneider Performance Center.
With such a robust schedule of performance and rehearsal activity, much of which happens concurrently, it is now more important than ever that the school maintains an expanded high-quality, professional performance-level inventory of percussion equipment. In order to expand this inventory, we need your support.