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UT Percussion Festival

The University of Tennessee Percussion Studies Program is pleased to host the 4th Annual UT Percussion Festival on April 20-22, 2017. This year’s guest artist will be James Campbell (University of Kentucky). The festival will include opportunities for both individual students and full ensembles from schools in the region.

Percussion Ensemble Clinic – Application Directions for Directors

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Application CLOSE Friday, March 10, 2017

The Percussion Ensemble Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 22 and will be adjudicated by the 2017 UT Percussion Festival guest artist. Directors are encouraged to bring their percussion ensemble for performance and feedback. Each group will be given a 25-minute performance and public adjudication slot.


The Percussion Ensemble Festival is open to all high school and middle school ensemble, grades 7-12. This festival is open to both in-state and out-of-state ensembles. There is no performance time requirement and groups may choose to play either one or two pieces. Following the performance, the remaining time in the 25-minute window will be used for interactive education with the guest artists.

Application & Fees

Please apply hereRegistration will occur on a first come, first served basis, and directors will receive a response shortly after their application is received.

If accepted (based on space availability), registration is $100 per ensemble. Schools bringing more than one ensemble (i.e. requesting more than one performance slot) will be asked to register each group. Please send a $100 check (non-refundable) made payable to the University of Tennessee Percussion Festival to:

Andrew Bliss
University of Tennessee School of Music
1741 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996-2600

Equipment Logistics

All large equipment will be provided by UT including: mallet/keyboard instruments, timpani, bass drums, concert toms, snare drums, chimes, stands/hardware, and trap tables.

Regrettably, the festival schedule and facilities do not allow for the use of each ensemble’s large equipment – thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

Ensembles should bring their own small instruments such as tambourine, triangle, woodblocks, or other specialty sounds unique to their pieces.

Sample Schedule (subject to change)

Saturday, April 22

12 p.m. Registration

1 p.m. Ensemble #1

1:30 p.m. Ensemble #2

2 p.m. Ensemble #3

2:30 p.m. Ensemble #4

3 p.m. Ensemble #5

3:30 p.m. Ensemble #6

4 p.m. Ensemble #7

4:30 p.m. Ensemble #8

5 p.m. Ensemble #9

5:30 p.m. Ensemble #10

6 p.m. Ensemble #11

6:30 p.m. Ensemble #12

High School Honor Percussion Ensemble – Student Application Directions

Thursday, April 20 – Saturday, April 22, 2017

Application Due: March 10, 2017

The UT Honor Percussion Ensemble will be directed by Dr. Andrew Bliss and the 2017 UT Percussion Festival guest artist James Campbell (University of Kentucky).

This ensemble will perform in both the Friday and Saturday evening concerts in the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall at the University of Tennessee. Rehearsals will begin Thursday evening and continue throughout the day Friday. Selected students will receive music in advance of the festival weekend and should arrive with parts well-prepared.


The UT Honor Percussion Ensemble is open to all current high school students (grades 9 -12). Non-commuter students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or director throughout the weekend. This ensemble is open to both in-state and out-of-state students.

Performance Application

Student applicants should submit URL links to video recording(s) of solo repertoire that best represents their abilities. The only requirement for this submission is that one (1) mallet selection is included and one (1) snare drum or timpani selection. This may be done using a video posting service such as Vimeo or YouTube.

Students who were accepted to 2017 All-East or Mid-State senior clinic events are exempt from the performance application and should note which band and chair they were accepted to for that year. Past year senior clinic acceptances do not qualify for performance application exemption.

Email Application

Click here to apply and fill out the attached Form. Applications are due by March 10 and students will be notified of acceptance via email by March 17, 2017.


If accepted, students will pay a $50 registration fee upon arrival via check made payable to the University of Tennessee Percussion Festival.

Other costs include food and lodging for the weekend. Registration will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday evening and rehearsal will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Sample Schedule (subject to change)

Thursday, April 20

5 p.m. Honor Percussion Ensemble Registration

6 p.m. Rehearsals

10:30 p.m. Adjourn

Friday, April 21

9 a.m. Rehearsals

12 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:30 p.m. Tour of New Haslam Music Center / Visit Orchestra Rehearsal

2:30 p.m. Master Class with Guest Artist

4-8 p.m. Rehearsals

Saturday, April 22

11 a.m. Lunch on your own

1 p.m. Observe the Percussion Festival Adjudications

5 p.m. UT Honor Percussion Ensemble Concert

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