Welcome to California Percussion Ensemble

The CPE is a formal percussion ensemble, sponsored by the U Music Education Foundation. Graduates of our U Music percussion program are encouraged to audition for a spot, as well as anyone from middle to high school proficient with percussion instruments and music reading. Mr. Galen Lemmon, the San Jose State University percussion professor, conducts the ensemble. Members learn advanced percussion techniques while building on foundational skills. Founded in 2009, the group showcases the talents of the best percussionists in the Bay Area, touring internationally, and performing biannually as the highlight of the U Music Fall and Spring Concerts.

Events

2015 Taiwan Village Concert - October 18, 2015

We held a special fundraising concert at San Jose State University, where students got to show off the Chinese drumming techniques that they learned during summer camp in Taiwan. Galen arranged a new piece, “The Story of a Taiwan Village,” especially for this concert. We invited Marimba One guest artist Matthew Coley to play alongside our CPE group students for the concert. “Taiwan Village” was a colorful, dazzling show that impressed all the audience members.

2015 Holiday Concert - December 20, 2015

Our holiday concert this year was a benefit concert for Parents Helping Parents on December 20 at San Jose State University. Our students performed alongside SJSU percussion students in classic pieces such as "The 12 Days of Christmas" and "Away in the Manger." The SJSU Chorale joined us for "Hallelujah Chorus," and Latin percussionist Willie Garza performed conga solos for "Carol of the Cowbell." The incredible variety of performances and special guests ensured that every audience member left the concert hall in high spirits for the holidays.

2015 Spring Concert - June 7 and 14, 2015

Every spring, U Music hosts a concert featuring all its young musicians. This was the last U Music concert for seven graduating seniors in CPES: Gwendolyn Wang, Wesley Lin, Justin Cheng, Amberlin Chen, Belinda Tang, Bryan Heng, and Sophia Lo. We also revealed Iris Wu as our new Principal and Tiffany Lin as our new Vice Principal for the next school year.

U Music Chamber Concert - April 26, 2015

Our first chamber concert was on April 26th, and what a success it was! It went very smoothly, and wouldn't have been possible at all without the help of so many hardworking parents and performers. Marimba One founder Ron Samuels and his wife were in attendance, and they were impressed with the performances.

2014 Spring Concert - June 6 and 8, 2014

Every spring, U Music hosts a concert featuring all its young musicians. This was the last U Music concert for four graduating seniors in the CPE: Michael Liu, Howard Liu, Jason Wu, and Adrian Lin. We also revealed Iris Wu as our new Principal and Austin Pan as our new Vice Principal for the next school year.


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