The McMaster Percussion ensemble connects students, staff, and community members interested in percussion. Our commitment to offering opportunities for students across campus (most of whom are pursuing degrees in areas outside music) is distinctive, and helps broaden interest in the arts. Members regularly perform both on and off campus concerts, such as the Ontario Day of Percussion events. 

Sofapilla by Chuck Ricotta recorded during our 2021-22 season-when COVID restricted large gatherings.  This performance features  Justin Bennett (staff), Colin Bruce (Integrated Biomedical Engineering), Andy Chen (Chemical Biology), Tristan Chung (Theatre & Film), Jonathan Gonzalez (Life Sciences), Reginald Hart (staff), Cindy He (Life Sciences), Cody Johnson (Music), Kevin Mathan (Music), Nadia Mohammed (Life Sciences), Cindy Zhang (Health Sciences), and William Zhang (Arts & Science).

A beautiful transcription of Debussy’s Dance by Whitney Prince. Recorded by Andy Chen (Chemical Biology), Jonathan Gonzalez (Life Sciences), Cindy He (Life Sciences), Nadia Mohammed (Life Sciences), Cindy Zhang (Health Sciences), and William Zhang (Arts and Sciences).

 

Featuring syncopated rhythms and fast moving lines, Spanesque Oscillations is a high energy quartet that is a treat for performers and audiences alike. Recorded by Andy Chen (Chemical Biology), Jonathan Gonzalez (Life Science), Nadia Mohammed (Life Sciences), and William Zhang (Arts & Sciences). 

 

Live recordings of past concerts

The Chameleon features a large range of percussion instruments and changing colours. This performance involves all 13 members of our 2023/24 ensemble: Kevin Mathan (Music), Cindy Zhang (Health Sciences), Amelia Li (Math and Stats), Richard Ma (Health Sciences) Bruce Colin (Integrated Biomedical Engineering), Tiēnchee Liu (Life Sciences), Cindy He (Music Cognition), Ethan Evans (Political Sciences), Yinui (Lily) Li (Music), Andy Chen (Chemical Biology), Catherine Deng (Health Sciences), Rasam Zakeri (Neuroscience) and Cody Johnson (Music). Live recording from our December, 2023 concert.

Live recording from the 2020 Ontario/Quebec Day of Percussion Festival in Ottawa. This rendition of Infancia by Egberto Gismonti (arr. Brennan) features fourth year student, Ryan McEwan (Music) on lead marimba, as well as Kevin Mathan (Music), Brad James (music), Andy Lopez (Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour) and Juan Zanguña (community).

 

Power Struggle (Nathan Daughtry). Performed by Jonathan Gonzales, Andy Chen (Chemical Biology), William Zhang (Arts and Sciences), Sarah Slabon (Classics), Juan Zanguña (community) Dhuvy Mathan (Music) , Brad James (Music), and Justin Bennet (staff). Live recording from December, 2019.

 

Shared Space, by Ivan Trevino, performed by  Colin Bruce (Integrated Biomedical Engineering), Cindy Zhang (Health Sciences), Andy Chen (Chemical Biology), Cindy He (Music Cognition), Kevin Mathan (Music), Catherine Deng (Health Sciences), and Cody Johnson (Music). Live recording from our December, 2023 concert.

 

Divertimento No 1. (Haydn). Three movements, performed by Ryan McEwen (Music), Nadia Mohammed (Life Sciences), and Tom Dykstra (Engineering). Live recording from our Dec, 2018 concert.

 

Antiphon by F. Michael Combs is percussion ensemble piece scored for “double percussion choir” (ten players). This performance showcases Performed August-Ahrens (staff), Jamaar Bryan (Music-Piano), Thomas Dykstra (Engineering), Andres Elizondo Lopez (Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour), Brad James (Music), Tom Johnston (Visiting student-Communications), Ryan McEwen (Music), Nadia Mohammed (Life Sciences), Eveline Rowley (Music), and Sarah Slabon (Classics). Live recording from our December, 2018 concert.

 

Woodwork (Gottry). Performed by Pierre August-Ahrens (staff), Jamaar Bryan (Music-piano), Tom Johnston (Visiting Student-Communications), Ryan McEwen (Music), and Nadia Mohammed (Life Sciences). Live recording from our April, 2019 concert.

 

Steve Yeager’s arrangement of Blue Rondo a la Turk by Dave Brubeck. The classical rondo form features a 9/8 Turkish folk rhythm pattern with a 4/4 blues in the middle. This performance features Cindy Zhang (Health Sciences), Cody Johnson (Music), Andy Chen (Chemical Biology), Colin Bruce (Integrated Biomedical Engineering), and Cindy He (Music Cognition). Live recording from our December, 2023 concert.

 

Toccatta without instruments, by Ramon Meyer performed Dec 2023. This performance features Ethan Evans (Political Science), Rasam Zakeri (Neuroscience), Richard Ma (Health Sciences), Tienchee Liu (Life Sciences), Lily Li (Music), Amelia Li (Math and Stats), and Catherine Deng (Health Sciences). Live recording from our December, 2023 concert.

 

Teamwork (Glassock). Performed by Pierre August-Ahrens (staff), Jamaar Bryan (Music-Piano), Michael Coates (Music-Piano), Moj Modares (Music-Piano), Sarah Slabon (Classics), Madison Walters (Music), and Andrew Mrozowski (Humanities). Live recording from our Dec, 2017 concert.