Percussion at Capital | Capital University


    • Lead Percussion
    • Marimba
    • Room 2
    • Room 5
    • Snare

    Percussion Studio at Capital

  • Today's college percussion curriculum at the undergraduate level must present a wide variety of literature and opportunities for the student. At Capital University, we strive for excellence in all aspects of percussion performance. We are dedicated to providing an educational environment that promotes a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of percussion within the music industry.

    If you still have further questions, please feel free to e-mail us, and we will do our best to answer your question.

    Percussion Studio Faculty
    Robert Breithaupt – Director of Percussion Studies
    Eric Paton
    Ryan Kilgore
    Nate Anders

    Ensemble Opportunities for Percussionists
    Concert Percussion Ensemble
    Chamber Percussion Ensemble
    Jazz Percussion Ensemble
    Steel Band/Ethnic Percussion Ensemble
    MIDI Band
    Symphonic Winds
    Wind Symphony
    Chamber Groups
    Jazz Ensembles
    Big Band
    Rock Band
    Fusion Band

    Audition Information
    Applicant should demonstrate ability in a minimum of three of the following five areas:

    • snare drum: solo or etude; 
    • keyboard percussion: solo or etude using two, three or four mallets; 
    • timpani: contest solo, orchestral excerpts, or etude of moderate difficulty; 
    • drum set: demonstrate basic style concepts of drum set drumming and may prepare a short solo to demonstrate improvisational skills; 
    • multiple percussion: solo or etude of moderate difficulty. 

    Student also should be prepared to sight-read and play rudiments and scales.

    Students may also demonstrate melodic improvisational skills, electronic/acoustic compositional skills if appropriate.

    For More Information
    Contact our Admissions Office at or 866-544-6175, or 
    Professor Robert Breithaupt at 
    Visit our YouTube channel and watch concert performances by our various ensembles 

    Current Students
    Download the Percussion Handbook