The Wichita State Percussion Studio boasts a 40-year legacy of producing outstanding professionals, performers and educators alike. Our alumni are a virtual who’s who representing all fields of percussion.

The WSU Percussion Studio consists of about 16-20 majors and non-majors studying at the undergraduate and graduate level. We are a diverse, vibrant and talented community of musicians with interests spanning from orchestral, band, and jazz, music education, composition, conducting, and even traditional Latin Percussion and Steel Band.

On and off campus the students engage in a variety of community service projects including: high school and middle school demonstrations, working with Central Kansas Boys and Girls Club, and steel band benefit performances. One such benefit featured members of the WSU Steel Band welcoming President George W. Bush to Wichita with the first ever rendition of “Hail to the Chief” by a steel band.

Percussion students at WSU engage in a comprehensive program, learning a broad range of instruments including: multi-percussion, mallet keyboards, snare drum, timpani, orchestral percussion, world percussion, and drum set, through solo repertoire, chamber repertoire and large-ensemble playing.

We offer our percussion students a wide variety of professional quality performing opportunities including:

  • WSU Impulse Percussion Group – our award winning percussion ensemble
  • WSU Wind Ensemble
  • WSU Symphony Orchestra
  • WSU Ymphonic Band
  • WSU Jazz Arts Ensembles
  • Jazz Combos
  • WSU Banda Hispanica (Latin jazz band)
  • WSU Steel Band
  • Chamber Music Ensembles

Admission and Auditions

At Wichita State, all incoming freshmen and transfer students are required to audition for admittance into the School of Music. All Kansas high school graduates are eligible to apply for admission into the brass programs. Applicants must have adequate performance backgrounds. The audition will decide placement within the selected program. Transfer students must satisfy music performance and academic expectations at the time of transfer.

Undergraduate audition requirements may be found here.

Undergraduate Application

Graduate Students should refer to the audition requirements for Percussion here.

Graduate Application

Professor Scholl’s teaching philosophy: based on his own career.
For the past 20 plus years Professor Scholl has been both a successful performer and teacher. He has performed as principal percussion/timpani in orchestras throughout the world and is an active soloist, chamber musician and commercial/jazz drummer. As a teacher, his students are performing and teaching in all aspects of the business from orchestral to world music, music engineering to conducting, high school band directors to university teaching positions. Currently, Professor Scholl performs as principal percussion/principal timpani with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, principal timpani/drum set with the Tulsa Symphony, and assistant principal percussion/assistant principal timpani with the Colorado Music Festival. In addition, he is a Vic Firth, Zildjian, Pearl Adams and Grover ProPercussion Artist giving clinics and master classes throughout the country.