RixStix Percussion Group

Whether you are looking at percussion study as a career or hobby, we encourage you to audition for our ensembles! You'll enjoy multiple performance opportunities, a full complement of instruments, and the newly added percussion suite, which includes individual practice facilities for timpani, drum set, electronic percussion, multiple percussion, and keyboards.

RixStix Percussion Group:
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RixStix Electronic Ensemble

This ensemble is comprised of four to six players performing music written or arranged for electronic percussion instruments. This ensemble is made up of members of the Percussion Ensemble and joins them in workshops, concerts, and other events. Concurrent enrollment in percussion lessons is encouraged but not required. The ensemble rehearses on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:15 to 4:30. Membership is open to students enrolled in the percussion ensemble. An audition is required.

RixStix Mallet Ensemble

The RixStix Mallet Ensemble is comprised of four to six players focusing on music written or arranged for keyboard percussion instruments. This ensemble is made up of members of the Percussion Ensemble and joins them in workshops, concerts, and other events. Concurrent enrollment in percussion lessons is encouraged but not required. The ensemble rehearses on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:15 to 4:30. An audition is required.

RixStix Percussion Ensemble

The Percussion Ensemble performs music from all style periods and genres for as few as two players up to the full ensemble. In addition to concerts, workshops are often scheduled for area school districts including a biennial "Concert from the Hart" for elementary school children, a concert combining all components of the RixStix Percussion Group. Concurrent enrollment in percussion lessons is encouraged but not required. The ensemble rehearses on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:15 to 6:00. No audition is required.

RixStix Winter/Spring Drumline

The Winter/Summer Drumline is the official “Academic Society” on campus for rudimental percussionists. Members of the group receive instruction on playing technique and are encouraged to develop a variety of drumming skills. The drum line meets on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 5:20 to 6:00. Membership is open to all students, faculty, and family members of faculty on campus as well as to students enrolled in the local public school system. No audition is required.

Handbell Choir

The handbell choir is made up of members of the Percussion Ensemble and joins them in the annual Christmas concert each December. The ensemble rehearses on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:20. Membership is open to students enrolled in the percussion ensemble. No audition is required.

Viking Band Drumline

The Viking Band Drumline contains a frontline (keyboards and accessories) and battery (bass, tenors, snares, and cymbals) with a total of capacity of 23 players. The drum line rehearses and performs with the Viking Marching Band and provides music for several campus events during the fall semester. The drum line meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:15. Membership is open to all students regardless of major. Placement auditions are required.