Percussion Studio Summer Spotlight, 2023

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Kobe Sanders (Music Ed. '25) marching DCI with Blue Stars

The Percussion Studio at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music was busy this summer. Catch some of their highlights in pictures.

Lucas Bollenbecker (Music Ed. ’24) marching DCI with Bluecoats
Madison Bottenberg (Percussion Perf. ’24) and Jesus Flores (Percussion Perf. MM ’23) at Summer Institute of Contemporary Performance Practice (SCIPP) at Colorado Springs, Colorado
Erica Hou (Percussion Perf. ’24) at Broadway Percussion Seminar hosted by NYU
Frankie Peacock (Percussion Perf MM ’25) at Berlin Opera Academy
Kobe Sanders (Music Ed. ’25) marching DCI with Blue Stars
Viraj Sonawala (Percussion Perf & Music Ed. ‘25) at the So Percussion Summer Institute at Princeton University
Cody Chang (Percussion Perf. ’26) with Kyodo Taiko at San Jose Obon Festival
Audrey Sherrill (Music Ed. ’26) marching DCI with Blue Devils
Demitrius Alleyne (Percussion Perf. ’27) marching DCI with Pacific Crest
Keigo Tamaki (Percussion Perf. ’27) marching DCI with Carolina Crown
Alumnus Elijah Jones (percussion performance, class of 2021) coaching the drumline of the Blue Devils


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