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We are so glad that you stopped by our website; please bookmark this page and for more information about FSU Percussion. Whether you want to be a professional performer, educator, or just want to perform for sold-out crowds at BCS Bowl Games, FSU is the place for you. Our faculty is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art percussion education for the 21st century, and we have scholarships, out-of-state tuition waivers, and percussion graduate assistantships to make your education affordable. While FSU boasts the third-largest College of Music in the United States, with 100 full-time faculty and 1150 music majors, we keep the percussion student/teacher ratio low. In other words, the school is large enough to provide an incredible number of performance opportunities with nationally-acclaimed ensembles, yet all percussion students receive extensive individual attention--you will never "get lost" at FSU.

We have five bands, two full symphony orchestras, and a plethora of world music, chamber music, and jazz ensembles, not to mention national tours to Carnegie Hall, Costa Rica, performing as a winner of the PASIC 2007 and 2011 International Percussion Ensemble Competitions, and numerous solo performing opportunities to provide a well-rounded program of study amongst the most prestigious and comprehensive in the country. I hope that you will contact us about becoming part of the FSU Percussion Studio and College of Music family, and visit us often for the latest information on upcoming performances, tours, our incredible roster of guest artists and recordings (including Dusk: Percussion Music from the Heartland, FSU Percussion: Volume I, and the upcoming Volume II in Summer of 2013. Again, welcome, and we hope to see you at many FSU Percussion Events!


Dr. John W. Parks IV
Associate Professor of Percussion


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