Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Percussion Studies

The Millikin University percussion studio and ensembles represent one of the finest undergraduate programs of its kind. Through a diverse selection of degree programs and course offerings, we are committed to providing students with the training and facilities necessary to achieve success in the professional world. Percussion studies at Millikin University are designed to develop the whole musician--artistically, intellectually, technically--through the integration of theory and practice. Our goal is to develop the highest possible level of musicianship and an appropriate proficiency in performance, teaching, technology, or program administration depending on the curriculum of study chosen by the student.

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MU Percussion Ensemble records film score (percussion) for Lucas Martell animated film, OceanMaker.

Dr. Jeremy Brunk, MU percussion faculty and Acting Principal for the Illinois Symphony Orchesta, presented a concert of original works as part of the ISO concert series entitled, "Music for a Summer Night." The event took place on July 27 at the Heartland Theater.

Percussion Ensembles win two Downbeat Awards!

"Outstanding Latin Jazz Performance" (undergraduate) MU World Percussion Ensemble. Congrats to UNT and Miami, as well!

"Winner" Classical Group (undergraduate)
MU Chamber Percussion Ensemble

The MU World Percussion Ensemble "Latin Jazz Project" was selected to perform at Drum Fest, a regional event featuring performances by drummers Dave Weckl & Paul Wertico. The group was recently invited to perform at the Jazz Educators Network National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on January 2, 2013. Their new CD is available from First Step Records.

The MU Chamber Percussion Ensemble recently released its new CD on First Step Records. It features works premiered by the ensemble, exclusively.

MU percussionists spent their spring break in Havana, Cuba studying percussion with Jose Eladio Amat. (see video highlights)

Jose subsequently came to Millikin for a one-week residency Oct. 27 - Nov. 4, 2012.

Jeremy Brunk has published his collection of 13 developmental solo marimba solos with Edition Svitzer. These pieces represent an important new addition to the marimba repertoire.

The MU Chamber Percussion Ensemble  featured two world premieres on its recent Masterworks concert: Out Of Frame by James Romig and Regulus by Pat Muchmore were performed on April 28, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. (see video highlights)

MU Percussion Coordinator, Brian Justison, has published the 2nd edition of his Jazz Drumming Workbook with First Step Publishing. The new edition features all the great "systems" from the past with a revised 3/4 section.

On March 13, 2010, the MU Percussion Ensemble performed at the IL PAS Day of Percussion at McKendree College. This was the ensemble's fourth DOP appearance since 1998.

The MU Percussion Ensemble was selected to perform at the 2008 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, TX. The ensemble’s appearance was part of the Focus Day performances on Wednesday, November, 5. The student’s recent achievements played an important role in this nomination as past programs, recordings, and video were submitted. However, the centerpiece of our application was Dr. Jeremy Brunk’s new piece, "Dominican Cycles." Jeremy is a Millikin alum who currently holds a lecturer position in the School of Music. Brunk wrote the piece for the ensemble following its 2007 tour of the Dominican Republic. This is an achievement of the highest order for the Brunk and the ensemble. In 2003 the ensemble was selected to perform at the convention by winning the PAS International Percussion Ensemble Competition


Halloween Concert (video)

February 12
World Percussion Ensemble
"Latin Jazz Project"
"Danza Romantica"
Latin dance demo and instruction, too!
Lock, Stock & Barrel
7:30-10:00 p.m.

February 22
Percussion Ensemble
"Synergy" Concert
Exploring the relationship between
music and theater. Kirkland Fine Arts
Center 4 p.m.

March 8-16
Cuba Immersion

March 23
MU Percussion Studio Recital
Kaeuper  6 p.m.

March 26-28
World Percussion Ensemble
"Latin Jazz Project" tour

April 25
Percussion Ensemble
"Masterworks Concert" featuring the premiere
of a new work by composer, Zack Stanton.
Kirkland Fine Arts Center
7:30 p.m.


Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL