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Student sitting in the music building with his trombone
Front shot of the NEW music building
Jennifer Mendez, student clarinet player
Percussion Ensemble outside of the NEW music building
Luis Sanchez, Piano and Keyboarding Professor

Percussion

Welcome to the Texas A&M University-Commerce percussion studio web-site. The TAMU-C percussion program prides itself on preparing students to become outstanding professionals in their selected careers. Utilizing a well-rounded approach to percussion, students are provided many opportunities here in Commerce. I hope that you will visit the campus soon to attend a concert, recital, or clinic. You will see that there are great things happening in East Texas. Please browse through our entire site to learn more about the percussion program and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Best wishes,
Dr. Brian Zator

Percussion Studio Accomplishments

2018

  • Micheal Young was the Overall Runner-Up of the A&M-Commerce Concerto Competition

2017

  • Dr. Zator assumed the role of President for the Percussive Arts Society
  • Josiah Gaiter was the Overall Runner-Up of the A&M-Commerce Concerto Competition
  • Cameron Zawadzki, 1st Place, PAS Keyboard Competition-College Division
  • Matt Schnieder: 1st Place, PAS Percussion Competition-College Division

2016

  • Students accepted to graduate programs at James Madison University (Caleb Pickering) and Colorado State University (Chris Nadeau)
  • Alex Howley, 1st Place, PAS Keyboard Competition-College Division (Two-time winner)
  • Andrea Espinosa: 1st Place, PAS Multiple Percussion Competition-College Division

2015

  • Louis Raymond-Kolker was the Grand Prize winner of the A&M-Commerce Concerto Competition
  • Louis Raymond-Kolker advanced to the Semi-Finals of the Great Plains Marimba Competition
  • Heather Meyer, 1st Place, PAS Multiple-Percussion Competition-College Division
  • Alex Howley, 1st Place, PAS Keyboard Competition-College Division
  • Carter Walsh, 2nd Place, PAS Keyboard Competition-College Division

2014

  • Louis Raymond-Kolker advanced to the Semi-Finals of the Southern California Marimba Competition and the Great Plains Marimba Competition
  • Jordan Ferguson, 2nd Place, PAS Keyboard Competition-College Division
  • Students accepted to graduate programs at University of North Texas (Chase Kallemeyn) and UT-Austin (Andrew Lynge)

2013

  • Levi Nichols, 1st Place, PAS Multiple-Percussion Competition-College Division
  • Student accepted to graduate program at University of Nevada-Las Vegas (Caleb Pickering)
  • Wind Ensemble performed at Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention as one of only 3 college groups selected from blind audition

2012

  • Randy Sifuentes, 1st Place, PAS Keyboard Competition-College Division
  • Anthony Jackson, 2nd Place, PAS Keyboard Competition-College Division
  • CAn-Duo, a percussion duo consisting of two seniors (Chris Nadeau and Anthony Jackson), won the Duo Competition at the Southern California Marimba Competition
  • Students accepted to graduate programs at Boston Conservatory (Michael Jones), University of Iowa (Andrew Veit), and Colorado State University (Andrew Lynge)
  • Chase Kallemeyn received a Texas PAS Scholarship to attend PASIC
  • Alum, Connor Pickle, was the Fall 2012 Percussive Arts Society Intern
  • Released our third CD, “Epic Proportions”

2011

  • 1st PAS Small Ensemble Competition-College Division
  • 2nd PAS Small Ensemble Competition-College Division
  • Zach Edwards, 1st PAS Timpani Competition-College Division
  • Chris Mead, 2nd PAS Multiple Percussion Competition-College Division
  • Percussion Studio – University Sponsor of the PAS 50th Anniversary Campaign

2010

  • Winners of the 2010 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition – Performed Showcase concert at PASIC
  • Chris Schaub, 1st PAS Keyboard Competition-College Division
  • Michael Jones, 2nd PAS Keyboard Competition-College Division

For more information about the Texas A&M -Commerce Percussion Studio, please contact Brian Zator at Brian.Zator@tamuc.edu