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

2016 Spring Concert - June 5 and 12, 2016

Every spring, U Music hosts a concert featuring all it's young musicians. This was the last U Music concert for three graduating seniors in CPES: Tiffany Lin, Austin Pan, and Iris Wu. We also revealed Jennifer Grannen as our new Principal and Kyle Chen as our new Vice Principal for the next school year.

2015 Fall Concert - January 10 and 17, 2016

The CPE once again showcased its talents at the annual U Music Fall Concert. On January 10th and 17th, we performed at the San Jose State University Music Hall during an afternoon of extraordinary musical talent.

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 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 Spring Concert - June 7 and 14, 2015

Every spring, U Music hosts a concert featuring all it's 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.


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