Welcome to the Cornell University Percussion Department website, a resource center for and about
Cornell’s Western and non-Western percussion ensembles.  Department members perform new and
traditional  music from the Caribbean and elsewhere within the CU Steel Band,  learn to drum, sing,
and dance communal music from West Africa as members of the World Drum and  Dance Ensemble,
and collaborate  frequently with Cornell performing ensembles, including the CU orchestras,
wind ensembles, jazz bands, gamelan, among others.

The department also offer private courses of study, for-credit, in any area of percussive interest.  
Please get in touch for more information or to schedule an audition for the beginning
of each semester.

Information specific for each ensemble is located under each group’s heading:
Audition information and samples or course materials may be found together under separate links.

The Cornell Percussion Department seeks to foster a supportive working environment
that emphasizes mutual respect, trust, and collaboration.  One of the greatest joys of
playing percussion music is the phenominal sense of community that results from the experience.
Friendships and bonds made through music can be some of the strongest and most vivid of our lives,
and the Cornell Percussion Department works hard to foster these relationships.

Looking forward to working with you!

Michael Compitello

Director of Percussion