Program Overview

The Rutgers Youth Percussion Ensemble’s mission is to help drummers and mallet players, ages 13 to 18, grow to be percussionists and develop into well-rounded, confident, and dynamic musicians. A strong sense of commitment and teamwork is central to the RYPE experience.  RYPE’s repertoire includes core literature, cutting-edge music by emerging artists, tasteful arrangements of well-known classical works, entertaining novelty music, authentic world/roots music, and engaging performance art.

The ensemble – founded by Peter Saleh and now in its 13th season – draws players from throughout New Jersey and performs in a wide variety of musical settings.  Recent appearances include the Zeltsman Marimba Festival, the NYU/PAS/KoSA Weekend of Percussion, the New Jersey Day of Percussion at New Jersey City University, Rutgers Day in New Brunswick, and the Players’ Theater in New York City.  Additionally, the ensemble has worked with famed percussionists Jonathan Haas, She-e Wu, Michael Markus (Wula Drum), Jonathan Singer (Xylopholks), Michael Truesdell, and Joe Tompkins, as well as working musicians from Radio City Music Hall, West Point Military Academy, Broadway, and the Ailey School.

The Rutgers Percussion Foundation introduces middle school drummers and percussionists to the diverse world of percussion repertoire, instruments, techniques, and performance practices.

RYPE performs in a wide variety of musical settings. The ensemble, which features players from multiple New Jersey school districts, has appeared at the New Jersey Day of Percussion at New Jersey City University, the Players’ Theater in New York City, and worked with famed percussionists Jonathan Haas and Leigh Stevens at the Randolph Percussion Festival.

RYPE also inaugurated a guest artist master class series and collaborated on the premiere of a work written specifically for them. Although the group is for students with a wide assortment of musical goals and aspirations, it is also a great springboard into college music programs. RYPE alumni have continued their studies at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, University of Delaware, University of Michigan, University of North Texas, the U.S. Marine Band, Ithaca College, The College of New Jersey, James Madison University, as well as Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University!


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