Percussion Ensemble

Director: Jill Ball

The Western University Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Jill Ball, is a dynamic performing group presenting concerts both on campus and off. In 2014 the ensemble tour included performances in Kitchener, Burlington, Markham and Richmond Hill followed by concerts on campus during the 2014 OMEA in London. The Ensemble, comprised of Percussion Majors, performs a variety of styles with a focus on contemporary percussion literature, and there are often appearances by guest artists. The Western Percussion Ensemble has performed in numerous OMEA (Ontario Music Educators Association) Showcase concerts, at LOLA (London Ontario Live Arts Festival) festivals, the 2009 Ontario Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion and appeared as guests artists with the London Concert Band and the Blythe Festival Singers. Other performances include Soundstreams Canada at the Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, performing music by Peter Sculthorpe; Omar Daniel Composer’s Concert at Western University; Southwestern Ontario Region Music Fest, London, and twice at the South Huron Schools’ Fall Band Festival in Clinton.


Auditions are not required for the Percussion Ensemble but membership does require the permission of the instructor. Complete information and percussion audition excerpts (for percussionists auditioning to be part of instrumental Large Ensembles) can be found here.

All percussion students planning to audition for instrumental Large Ensembles should complete and bring this form to their audition.


Fridays, 3:30p.m. - 5:30p.m. + 2 extra hours TBD.

View course outline for more information.

Performances (2017/2018):

Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

Friday, November 24, 2017
12:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
12:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Percussion Studio at Western:

Ontario Percussive Arts Society - Day of Percussion

Sunday, April 8, 2018
9:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Western is proud to host the Ontario Percussive Arts Society’s 2018 Day of Percussion. Hosted by Western faculty member Dr. Jill Ball, percussionists are welcome to join us for a full day of clinics and performances including artists: Larnell Lewis - drummer with Snarky Puppy, Rick Lazar - Samba Squad, DUO Percussion - alumni: Brennan Connolly and Dave Robilliard, and alumni Rob Larose and Greg Mainprize.

Cost: $20/adults, $10/students – payable in cash at registration. No need to register in advance.