Main Content

TCU Percussion Festival

WHENPercussion Festival Logo
March 31 – April 1, 2023

The TCU Music Center

The goal of the TCU Percussion Festival is to promote percussion education and performance in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth region. The Festival will offer performance opportunities for concert percussion ensembles and soloists, as well as clinics and other educational experiences.


Performance slots

  • 30-minute time slot ($300)
  • Schools may register for a 2nd performance slot (an additional $300) if slots are available after Feb. 1, 2023
  • Schools will perform and receive feedback from one of the clinicians during the remainder of the time slot
  • Please plan out your time block, allowing for setup, performance, and receiving feedback from our clinicians
  • A five-minute transition period will be allotted between each performance to assist with logistics.

Divisions (depending on the makeup of the entries) may be broken down into:

  • Advanced Large Division (8 or more performers)
  • Advanced Small Division (7 or fewer performers)
  • Intermediate Large Division (8 or more performers)
  • Intermediate Small Division (7 or fewer performers)

(Intermediate categories are intended for developing programs and “2nd band” students of stronger groups)

  • Middle School / Junior High
  • Non-competitive – written comments and clinic only


  • Large instruments provided by TCU (a specific instrument list will be provided at a later time)
  • Schools must provide their own accessories and smaller instruments

Individuals may reserve a 10-minute time slot ($25) and perform for critique in any of the following categories:

  • Advanced or intermediate snare drum
  • Advanced or intermediate keyboard percussion (marimba, vibe, xylophone)
  • Advanced or intermediate timpani

Each ensemble and soloist will receive written comment sheets.
After their performance, ensembles and soloists will receive a clinic in the remainder of their performance time slot.
The day may also contain other clinics and educational opportunities pending schedules and availability.

During the registration process, all ensembles and soloists may choose to participate in the competitive aspect of the festival or not.  If you choose non-competitive, you will still receive written comments and a clinic/critique after your performance.

All schools will perform in either the Van Cliburn Concert Hall or Ed Landreth Hall on the TCU campus.

The TCU Percussion Ensembles will perform an evening concert on Friday 3/31 and Saturday 4/1. Pending availability, there may be guest artists on either, or both, concerts. There will be an awards ceremony after the TCU concert on Saturday with the top scoring ensemble pieces (in each category) and an outstanding soloist recognized, as well as a Grand Champion highest overall ensemble score of the day.


Percussion Ensembles please register here:
TCU Band (

Soloists please register here:
TCU Band (

Performance slots will be confirmed when payment is received.

All registration materials and full payment must be received by February 28, 2023.
Both ensemble and solo registration closes on this date.

In the event you have to cancel your registration, please submit written notification to
Cancellation requests received fifteen days before the festival will receive a full refund. After that date, you will be charged a $50.00 cancellation fee for ensembles and $5.00 for solos. There are no refunds for “no shows.”

Professional audio / video recordings of each school’s performance will be provided.

RECORDINGS PROVIDED BY TCU ARE FOR ARCHIVAL PURPOSES ONLY! A mechanical or synchronization license must be obtained if you intend to distribute, post, etc. TCU and its recording contractors are not responsible if you choose to distribute these recordings without a mechanical license.

Ensembles participating must furnish TWO (2) sets of original scores, and soloists must furnish ONE (1) original of the piece you will be performing, with the measures numbered on each piece to be performed.​ Duplication of published scores is not acceptable without written permission from the copyright holder. If original scores are not provided, ensembles may still perform but will not be adjudicated or considered for a division award.

We prefer you only perform published music you have purchased. If you are performing an arrangement of a copyrighted song, you will need to prove that you have permission for the arrangement.  If proof is not available at the site, TCU and our recording contractors will not produce archival recordings.

Based upon the CDC’s guidance for mask-wearing and COVID-19 transmission levels in Tarrant County, masks are optional for the TCU campus community – people may choose to mask at any time.

Contact Festival Director Dr. Brian A. West with questions –

Please “like” our Facebook pages for current updates, photos, and more:

“TCU Percussion Festival” –

“TCU Percussion Studio” –


Joey Carter is active as a vibraphonist, drum set artist, percussionist, pianist, organist, and arranger. He performs regularly as a piano soloist, with his own trio or quintet, the local artist Johnny Reno, and as a freelance and recording session musician.   He has been a featured soloist at the Umbria Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Pori Jazz Festival, the Honolulu Jazz Festival, and festivals in Copenhagen, Salzburg, Verbier, and Budapest. Joey has appeared in concert with Peter Erskine, Randy Brecker, Cedar Walton, Chris Valdala, Ed Shaunessy, Alex Iles, Marvin Stamm, and many others. Joey is a member of and composer for the original jazz group Bertha Coolidge which won Album of the Year (Live at the Caravan of Dreams 030201 in 2002), best Jazz Group (2003, 2004), Best Live Show (2008), and was inducted into in the Fort Worth Weekly music Hall of Fame in 2018. Joey has arranged music for movies (including Spy Kids 3D), drum lines, big bands, musicals, and many popular music projects.

Joey has taught music theory, ear training, jazz history, jazz ensemble, jazz improvisation, and private lessons in percussion and jazz piano at Texas Christian University since the fall of 2000. He received his Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance at Texas Christian University in May of 2000 and a B.M.E. from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1991.

Photo of Dr. EldridgeDr. Andrew Eldridge is the Assistant Professor of Percussion and Coordinator of Percussion at the University of Texas at Arlington. Under his direction, the UTA Percussion Ensemble was selected to present the New Literature Session at the 2017 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). The ensemble also performed a Showcase Concert at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) annual convention in February 2017. Dedicated to contributing new repertoire to the percussion ensemble art form, the UTA Percussion Ensemble continues to commission music and give world premieres. The most recent projects include a world premiere of Cody Holmes’s “Remnants,” as well as a commission and world premiere from composers Nathan Daughtrey and Francisco Perez.

Andrew serves on the Percussion Ensemble Committee for the Percussive Arts Society. He served a three-year term on the Lone Star Wind Orchestra Board of Directors and has performed with the group as a section percussionist since 2009. Andrew presented clinics on crowd-funding at the 2013 Midwest Clinic and 2014 Texas Music Educators Association annual convention, and recently presented a clinic called “Launching the MIDI Controller into the Music Curriculum” at the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association annual convention.

An avid performer of new music, Andrew has individually commissioned and given the world premieres of music written for percussion by Doug Bush, Kyle Kindred, Dwayne Rice, Martin Blessinger, Ryan George, and David Maslanka. Most recently, Andrew was selected to perform in recitals for the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and the College Music Society.

Dave Hall is Associate Professor of Percussion at the University of North Texas College of Music. Before his appointment at UNT, he was Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Under his direction, the University of Nebraska Percussion Ensemble was selected to perform a showcase concert at PASIC in both 2019 and 2016 as winners of the Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition.

He regularly performs as a keyboard and multi-percussion soloist, collaborative chamber musician (especially in contemporary classical settings), jazz drummer, timpanist, orchestral percussionist, steel pan player, and improviser – favoring an eclectic and omnivorous approach to percussion and the arts. In addition to regular engagements in the contiguous United States, he has performed abroad in Spain, Puerto Rico, Belgium, France, Italy, and at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Dave is an active composer, published by C. Alan Publications. His works for percussion have been commissioned, performed, and recorded around the world. He is an endorsing artist for Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Pearl/Adams concert percussion, Remo drumheads, and is a member of the Black Swamp Percussion Educator Network.

Jeffrey S. Hodge has been a member of the percussion faculty at Texas Christian University since 2007.  At TCU he is involved in every aspect of the Percussion Studio, including teaching/arranging for the TCU Drumline, conducting/directing the Percussion Orchestra II and Percussion Ensemble II, directing the Steel Band II, teaching percussion techniques and applied lessons at all levels.

As a performer, Mr. Hodge has performed in Mexico, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, England, and across the United States. He holds a master’s from the University of Arkansas, and a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Mr. Hodge is an active performer, clinician, composer/arranger, and adjudicator for a variety of percussion events across Texas. He works as a clinician/artist for Innovative Percussion. Mr. Hodge lives in Dallas with his wife Alex, and their son Carter.


Emily Lemmerman is a professional pan builder and tuner, the first woman to tune for Panorama in Trinidad, the only woman to tune for any Panorama worldwide, and the first American to tune for Trinidad’s large band category.

As a professional pan tuner, Emily Lemmerman has uncommon access to and perspective on the global steelband landscape. She travels to work with bands around the world- not only as a tuner, but also as an educator, clinician, adviser, and performer.  With a formal background in classical music, after a full-time, six-year apprenticeship with Ellie Mannette, and with over 20 years of experience in the field, Emily is one of few people intensively immersed in the broad range of major steelband communities that exist around the world. Emily is a passionate advocate for collaboration and celebration of the diversity that enriches the many successful pan programs that bring joy to communities across the nation. She is very active internationally, working regularly in the Caribbean and Europe. Emily is a charter member of the NSSBE steering committee and serves as Assistant Editor for its newsletter.

Emily first played a steel pan in 1994 during her percussion studies at Ithaca College with Gordon Stout and Ted Rounds. Her love of the instrument led her out of the orchestra and into the panyard. This path led her to Appalachia, the adopted home of Trinidadian and renowned steelband craftsman Dr. Ellie Mannette. She traveled to West Virginia to attend his annual summer workshops and perform with many of the great artists in the steelband community. These experiences influenced her work back at Ithaca, where she began her advocacy of the steel drum as an orchestral instrument. After earning her performance degree in 1998, she moved to Morgantown to study steel drum construction with Dr. Mannette, whose symphonic vision of the instrument continues to inform and inspire her work.

Lemmerman apprenticed with Dr. Mannette and worked for his company full-time from 1998-2004. Here, she honed her building and tuning skills and served as the director of his steelband workshop for four successful seasons. After leaving Morgantown for Austin in 2004, she remained lifelong friends with Ellie.

Emily has played in many Panoramas- in London, New York, St. Vincent, Antigua, and Trinidad, performing on Quadrophonic, 9-Bass, 4-Cello, Double Seconds, Tenor, or playing rhythm. She performed for many years with the Invaders Steel Orchestra– the band that Dr Mannette founded in 1937- and was proud to be a member of the 2009 Panorama champion Silver Stars Orchestra. She has also enjoyed playing with Power Stars, Skiffle Steel Orchestra, Tokyo Steel Orchestra, Katzenjammers, and the Harvard Harps in Trinidad and Tobago, Croydon Steel Orchestra in London, Crossfire in New York Panorama, with the South East Steel Orchestra in St Vincent and with the West Side Symphony in Antigua.

Emily has tuned for the Croydon Steel Orchestra in London Panorama since 2011, and in 2013 she broke the glass ceiling when she was hired as the first woman to tune for Panorama in Trinidad, and the first American to tune in the large band category, blending for Ray Holman and the Skiffle Steel Orchestra from San Fernando during the great year of “Sapna”- for which she also performed in competition. She travels extensively to tune, perform, and clinic with steelbands globally, from Switzerland to Barcelona to Laventille to Seattle. She has tuned for Antigua’s West Side Symphony since 2015, and for Panorama in 2017, she tuned for Boogsie Sharpe and the mighty Phase II Pan Groove.

Emily Lemmerman lives in Austin, Texas with her toddler twins. She continues to build and tune steel drums in the style of Dr. Ellie Mannette, and strives to achieve the level of excellence he so passionately modelled. It is in honor of Dr. Mannette, his support, and his impact on her life that she chose the name “Barracuda” – a legendary instrument of his design – for her company.

Examples of her tuning can be heard in many places, including Austin, Texas, Denton, Texas,London, England, Barcelona, Spain, New York City, Seattle, Washington, and in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Emily Lemmerman also works prolifically as a composer, arranger, clinician, lecturer, and advocate for the art form. She is published by Boxfish Music and founded Austin’s vibrant Inside Out Steelband Camp in 2007. Her composition “Mesa Drive” was featured at the New Music Showcase at PASIC 2017. She has served as a clinician at many different programs, including the Ellie Mannette Festival of SteelCroydon Steel OrchestraUniversity of North Texas, the University of the West Indies, and the McCallum High School Fine Arts Academy in Austin. She has served as a judge at the Virginia Arts Festival PanFest Panorama contest, and arranged for its mass band workshop. Emily’s library project, which collects unpublished charts from composers around the world, is helping to preserve music from the ephemeral Panorama seasonal traditions, and strives to promote more diversity of voices within our community. Emily regularly acts an an advisor and resource for research projects internationally. She presented at PASIC 2019 a showcase concert entitled the “Ellie Mannette Memorial Symphony of Steel.”

Read more about Emily in the Trinidad Guardian, Tom Tom Magazine, on Dr. Jeffrey Jones’ Panorama blog, the Swiss Steelband publication PANCH in October 2014, February 2015, (search for LEMMERMAN to find the archived newsletters) and PANCH in 2018 (search MANNETTE to read the eulogy she wrote for Ellie for this German newsletter.) She is also interviewed by Pan Magazine, and When Steel Talks, and once more recently in the Trinidad Guardian. She can be heard on episodes #134 and #135 of Pete Zambito’s Percussion Podcast, and is recognized as the first female pan tuner in Angela Smith’s textbook Steel Drums and Steelbands – A History.

Barbara Lund is a music educator and freelance percussionist in the DFW area. She teaches elementary music at Elder Elementary in Joshua, Texas, and directs a steel band for her after-school music ensemble. Barbara also taught the cymbal line at Saginaw High School during the 2017-2021 Indoor Drumline seasons.

Barbara has performed with Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, Cutting Edge Haunted House Drumline, Dallas Brass Band, Dallas Mavericks Drumline, and FC Dallas Drumline.

She received her Bachelor of Music Education from TCU and is a proud Horned Frog alum.

Photo of Dr. West

Dr. Brian A. West is Professor of Music and the Division Chair/Coordinator of Percussion at Texas Christian University. Under his direction, TCU was named a winner in the 2022, 2019, 2015, 2011, 2008, and 2005 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competitions. Prior to coming to TCU, Dr. West served as the Director of Percussion Studies at Texas A&M University-Commerce, a winner of the 2000 PAS International Percussion Ensemble Competition. Dr. West’s passion for the percussion ensemble has led to commissioning/premiering over forty new works for this medium. Additionally, he is the Executive Producer of four percussion ensemble CDs. Within the Percussive Arts Society, Dr. West currently serves as the Chair of the Percussion Ensemble Committee.  Dr. West has conducted/performed in Hawaii, Italy, Spain, England, France, Australia, and Taiwan.  He is an active performer, clinician, composer/arranger, and adjudicator for a variety of percussive events.  Dr. Westworks as a clinician/artist for Innovative Percussion, Yamaha, Remo, Marimba One, and Sabian.

She-e Wu has appeared as a solo artist at the 25th, 27th, and 30th Percussive Arts Society International Convention; Journées de la Percussion, NancyPhony Festival, perKumania festival, and PercuPassion Festival in France; Bach Symposium/Bach Variation Festival in Lincoln Center; Taiwan Connection concert at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center; International Percussion Festival and InterAmerican Music and Arts Festival Orchestra in Puerto Rico; Festival Internacional de Percusion “Ritmo Vital 2001” and National Percussion Convention in Spain; Fukui Marimba Seminar in Japan; Giornate della Percussione in Italy; Percussion Festival in Greece; Taipei International Percussion Convention, and many other festivals. She has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and Symphony Center, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and the Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Music Series in Pearlman Hall at the Kimmel Center. Ms. Wu has performed as guest recitalist and clinician at universities, colleges, and conservatories in France, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, England, Scotland, Germany, Spain, Greece, Japan, and Korea, as well as American music institutions and numerous PAS Days of Percussion throughout the United States.

Ms. Wu’s composition Blue Identity was written for Frederic Macarez and the Paris Conservatory CNR percussion ensemble. Blue Identity was premiered in Paris at the Journées de la Percussion festival, and the American premiere took place at the 27th Percussive Arts Society International Convention. K-PAX, a piece for marimba duo, was commissioned by the Taipei International Percussion Convention in 2002 and was premiered in Taiwan and Japan. UP!, for solo percussion and seven percussionists, received its premiere at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago in December 2009. The world premiere of Ms. Wu’s latest composition, What the Sun Would Say to the Sky, for marimba quartet, was premiered at PASIC 2011 in Indianapolis.

Ms. Wu has commissioned and premiered numerous works by Eric Ewazen, Ronald Caltabiano, Robin Engleman, Gerald Chenoweth, and many others. Ms. Wu’s recent commissions are pieces written by Lee Hyla, Paul Lansky, and Dafnis Prieto. The world premiere of the percussion concerto with wind ensemble written by Paul Lansky is scheduled for January 2015 with the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Ms. Wu has served as a judge for the Paris International Marimba Competition, Greece International Competition, Italy International Competition, Atlanta Snare Drum Competition, PASIC Marimba Competition, P.A.S. Composition Competition (Large Percussion Ensemble), and International Percussion Ensemble Competition (College).

Ms. Wu’s recordings include Marimba Concerto by Eric Ewazen with the International Sejong Soloists, solo marimba CD Snapshot, Suite for Marimba and Flute by Alec Wilder with flautist Bart Feller, A Set of Songs and Dances by Doug Hill featuring Gail Williams on horn, and a chamber music recording with the American Brass Quintet of music by David Sampson. Her recording of Nos. 1, 2, and 3 of the Six Suites for Solo Cello by J. S. Bach, with Baroque embellishments by George B. Stauffer, was released in fall of 2014.

Ms. Wu is a clinician and recitalist for the Majestic, Mapex, Innovative Percussion, and Evans and Zildgian companies. Her signature mallets with Innovative Percussion are available worldwide. She plays on a concert marimba of her design by Majestic. Ms. Wu is associate professor of music and the head of the percussion program at Northwestern University.

Brian Youngblood is the Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at TCU. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Abilene Christian University and his Master of Percussion Performance degree from East Texas State University. Before coming to TCU, he taught in the public schools for twelve years. He began teaching in 1987 and spent his first ten years teaching at L.D. Bell High School in Hurst Texas and followed with two years as Director of Bands and Fine Arts Director at Brewer High School in White Settlement. In 1999 Mr. Youngblood joined the faculty at TCU. During his time at TCU, he was Director of the TCU Horned Frog Marching Band for two decades. He also led the TCU Symphonic Band to the group’s first selection and performance at a regional CBDNA Conference. His ensemble responsibilities at TCU include the TCU Symphonic Band, and assistance with the TCU Concert Ensembles and TCU Athletic Bands. In addition to his work with the bands, he also teaches music education classes, music technology classes and assists with the supervision of student teachers.

Mr. Youngblood is a leading drill designer, arranger and program coordinator for marching band. He regularly consults with and writes shows for high school and university bands across the nation. His shows have won many state championships, a Bands of America National Championship and placed in the finals of numerous competitions. Mr. Youngblood is a Co-developer for V-Drill Drill Design Software. He is also a managing partner with B&B Design Concepts LLC for the distribution of the software.

Mr. Youngblood is an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association, The Texas Bandmasters Association and the College Band Directors National Association. He is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and the Alpha Chapter of the Phi Beta Mu International School Bandmaster Fraternity.

Mr. Youngblood is a product of public school music education in the state of Texas. Before playing in the L.D. Bell High School Band under the direction of Roger Winslow, he was in the junior high bands of Marion West, Earnest Repass and Danny Prado. His undergraduate studies with John Whitwell and Gary Lewis, then at Abilene Christian University, furthered his training in Music Education. His percussion training began with Jim McGahey and Warren Dewey and continued with Allen Teal at Abilene Christian University.  His percussion professors at East Texas State University were Robert Houston and Jimmy Finney.

Mr. Youngblood is a frequent clinician and adjudicator in Texas and the Southwest. He enjoys working as a clinician with bands from every age level. He is married to Karin Youngblood and they are the parents of Sarah and Joshua Youngblood. The family attends Trinity Bible Church in Weatherford, Texas.

Percussion Festival Logo