Weekly Organization Spotlight: Percussion Club

Published by Annabelle Chipps, Date: February 17, 2023
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Students in the Percussion Club ensemble perform in Swope Music Hall. Pieces are chosen and arranged by club members.

Students of all majors can gain experience, knowledge and a chance to perform through SRU’s Percussion Club.

The club is an extension of Slippery Rock’s percussion studio, according to President Kyle Stewart. The club still functions as its own separate organization.

“It is a way to represent ourselves through SGA [Slippery Rock Student Government Association],” he said, “and one of our goals is to get funding for concerts and equipment we may need.”

Another one of the club’s goals is to put on a concert every semester.

“We have an ensemble that includes non-percussionists and non-music majors,” Stewart said. “It’s a great way for those who are in the major to practice teaching, leading and directing an ensemble.”

The concerts also serve as fundraisers for local schools.

“We look into schools that have a percussion program and are in need of new mallets or equipment,” Stewart said.

This year will be Percussion Club’s first time putting on a concert since the fall of 2019 because of COVID-19.

Aside from planning for concerts, meetings also consist of drum circles and opportunities to socialize.

The club does not currently have a set meeting time due to scheduling conflicts, but meetings will happen in Swope Music Hall.

“Part of our purpose as a club is to relieve stress. Having outlets like drum circles and meetings where you meet people with the same interests as you is very important,” Stewart said.

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