UWM Music Studios Percussion
UWM PSOA World Percussion 2023
UWM Music Studios Percussion
UWM Music Studios, Ensembles, Percussion
UWM Music Studios, Ensembles, Percussion
UWM PSOA World Percussion 2023
UWM PSOA World Percussion 2023
UWM Music Studios, Ensembles, Percussion
UWM Music Studios, Ensembles, Percussion
UWM Music Studios, Ensembles, Percussion

Percussion Ensembles

The UWM Percussion Area ensembles offer varied experiences for percussion students as well as other music majors and minors, non-music majors and community members. These courses have diverse curriculums that combine to address a range of instruments, techniques, and music genres. The ensembles provide unique opportunities for students to develop into versatile performers. See the individual ensemble descriptions below for more information.

Please fill out the ensemble interest form below to join any of our music ensembles, or if you have any questions.

Interested in a percussion ensemble performing for your event?
Each percussion ensemble is available for hire, with the Steel PANthers and Marimba Band offering approachable and event-friendly entertainment. In addition to numerous performances all over campus, past community engagements have included the Milwaukee Art Museum, Charles Allis Art Museum, Make Music Milwaukee Day, retirement communities, libraries and schools. For more information about the ensembles, booking, and the Percussion Area, please contact percussion@uwm.edu.

Steel PANthers

The UWM Steel PANthers is a steel pan ensemble that explores the rich traditions of Trinidadian steel band music as well as classical and pop music transcriptions. The band rehearses on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and is open to any qualified UWM students.

Auditions & Membership

Membership and enrollment permission is granted after an orientation/audition assessment of a student’s ability. No previous steel band experience is necessary; however, the ability to read music and a good sense of time are recommended.

Percussion Ensemble

The UWM Percussion Ensemble is a chamber ensemble that focuses on diverse repertoire written in the 20th and 21st centuries for percussion. Emphasizing new compositions alongside historically significant contributions to the chamber repertoire, the Percussion Ensemble features the study and performance of a variety of instruments, techniques, and music styles.  

Auditions & Membership

Open to any student with percussion experience regardless of major. Interested students must complete a brief interview and informal audition.

University Community World Music Ensemble

The University Community World Music Ensemble explores the musical techniques and performance styles of folk and popular genres from different corners of the globe. Regular offerings include Trinidadian steel pan (Steel PANthers) and Guatemalan marimba (Marimba Pantera), with other offerings available on a rotating basis depending on instructor availability.

Auditions & Membership

Open to UWM students and community members of all skill levels ages 12 and up. There is no audition and no prior experience necessary to join.

You must be registered prior to the beginning of the session. No walk-ins are allowed. Participation is based on a first come-first served basis with an opportunity to be placed on a waiting list. First-year and transfer students should register with their advisor during New Student Orientation. Returning students should use their PAWS account.

Students seeking college credit should register by enrolling in one of the following: MUS 464 (undergrad students), MUS 464G (graduate students). Music majors cannot take this in place of their assigned ensemble.

Students not seeking credit and community members should register through the School of Continuing Education.

Marimba Band

The UWM Marimba Band combines xylophone, marimbas, and a collection of small percussion instruments to provide fun and easy-listening music to audiences of all ages. The repertoire includes a wide array of music, including early xylophone ragtime pieces, foxtrots, novelty to classical transcriptions, and traditional folk tunes from different cultures. Many of the pieces are taken from the “Golden Age” of the xylophone, 1915 to 1935, when virtuoso performers and composers were part of the popular music scene with radio shows, recordings, and sheet music sales. This ensemble is an extra-curricular performing and touring ensemble made up of percussion music majors.

Auditions & Membership

Marimba Band is open only to percussionists seeking a music major or minor.

Music Programs

Music studios are connected to a variety of academic programs, including majors, minors, certificates and graduate programs. This is a full list of programs offered by the Department of Music.


Which faculty you have within this program is dependent upon your chosen courses or interests. For a list of all Music faculty and staff please follow the link below.

Jack Forbes Headshot
  • Lecturer, Musicology & Ethnomusicology
  • Faculty Member, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies
  • Co-Director, University Community World Music Ensemble
Alex Wier Headshot
  • Assistant Professor, Percussion
  • Area Head, Percussion
  • Director, Percussion Ensemble & Steel PANthers Steel Band
  • Co-Director, University Community World Music Ensemble
Important Dates

Entrance Audition
For Music BA, BFA and Masters programs in Spring and Fall 2024.

December 1, 2023
February 9, 2024
February 19, 2024
March 8, 2024
April 5, 2024


Undergraduate Programs
Kay Speidel, music-admission@uwm.edu

Graduate Programs
Tim Noonan, tpnoonan@uwm.edu

General Info & Questions
Contact Form | 414-229-4763