UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
The UWRF Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Patti Cudd, is a nonauditioned ensemble that offers the music or nonmusic major the opportunity to perform many styles of music including compositions written especially for percussion and arrangements-from ragtime to jazz. The Percussion Chamber Ensemble and Marimba Ensemble gives the more advanced student the experience of performing more difficult types of music and encourages the development of a sense of style and independence. These ensembles have performed extensively in the upper Midwest, including special performances in the Twin Cities with William Kraft and at the WMEA Convention in Madison. Over the past few years the ensemble has been involved with the premiere of several new works for percussion, including "Four Score" by Irwin Bazelon and "In Each Other's Presence" by Mary Ellen Childs. Members of the ensemble performed the world premiere of LEGACY, a piece written by Jared Spears in 2000 for three percussion soloists and wind ensemble.