Program Overview

The Rutgers Youth Percussion Ensemble’s mission is to help a drummer or mallet player, ages 14 to 18, grow to be a percussionist and to develop into a well-rounded, confident, and dynamic musician. RYPE’s repertoire includes: core literature; cutting-edge music by emerging artists, tasteful arrangements and adaptations of works by well-known classical composers, entertaining novelty music, authentic World/roots music, and engaging performance art.

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. In 2012, the ensemble, which featured players from six New Jersey school districts, 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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