Get ready for an electrifying performance as the UCF Percussion Ensemble and alumni from the percussion studio take the stage for an evening of percussion music.

In a celebration of past and present, the UCF Percussion Ensemble and a group of percussion studio alumni will join forces for an evening of percussion music. Percussion studio AlumKnights have been invited back for this special occasion and we are all eager to share the stage once again.

The UCF Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Thad Anderson, offers students well-rounded experiences in all facets of ensemble playing. The ensemble presents audiences with varied programs that feature significant works for idioms such as chamber, mallet, large, historic, and world ensembles. The group frequently works with composers to commission and premiere new works for percussion ensemble. Some of these recent projects have included collaborations with Marc Mellits, Tiffany Connell, Jonathan Kolm, John Psathas, Bill Ryan, D.J. Sparr, Paul Lansky, David Bennet Thomas, Charles Griffin, James Norman, and Zack Browning. The debut UCF Percussion album, Patterns, was released in 2014 and features new quartets for two marimbas and two vibraphones. The ensemble presented the New Literature for Percussion Ensemble session at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in 2014 (Indianapolis, IN) and a concert of new music for clarinet and percussion ensemble at the 2017 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest (Orlando, FL).


Student tickets: $10 with code ARTS4KNIGHTS24, valid UCF or student ID required

UCF Percussion Ensemble

Thad Anderson, director

Derivative by Jlin
Lightsails by Clif Walker
Pillar III by Andy Akiho
Bluebird Samba by Ted Rounds




UCF Black Steel

Kirk Gay, director

Toucan Summer by Kirk Gay
Home by Paul Ross
Pan Flamenco by Jeff Borckardt


AlumKnight Percussion Ensemble

Appalachian Morning by Paul Halley, arr. Carmenates
Beirut by Mike Mainieri, arr. Rennick
Minuano (Six Eight) by Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays, arr. McDonald


UCF Percussion Ensemble Personnel

Zane Adams
Evan Carville
Joseph Cassidy
Michael Colbassani
Ashley Gilbert
Zack Hoening 
Emmaline Kealoha
Samantha Matter
Ethan Nasypany
Logan Newhouse
Skylar Pearson
Logan Ruch
Caleb Schmaus
Grace Singh
Christian Snedeker
Nathaniel Woodall

UCF Black Steel Personnel

Zane Adams
Evan Carville
Joseph Cassidy
Michael Colbassani
Ashley Gilbert
Emmaline Kealoha
Ethan Nasypany
Logan Newhouse
Skylar Pearson
Logan Ruch
Caleb Schmaus
Christian Snedeker

AlumKnight Personnel

 Joshua Albert
Thad Anderson 
Chris Baird
Ryan Boehme
Kaylee Bonatakis
Patrick Bonelli
Chris Burns

Omar Carmenates 
Nicholas Chase 
Christian De La Torre 
Jenna DeBell 
Kelly Flinn 
Gage Grimsley 
Tia Harvey 
Charles Griffin 
Jason Herold 
Ryan Hinton 
Kenneth Jackson
Jacob Kight 
Anthony King 
Melinda Leoce 
Chris Lin 
Buck McCloud 
Tara McGurk
Oliver Molina
Michael Mortilla
Jessie Otaiza
Deborah Parsons 
Ben Penta
Lauren Perez
Jaysen Rosario
Madison Schafer
Nick Stange
Garth Steger
Justin Steger
Jonathan Tirado
Brandon Tolmac
Karen Toney
Will Vizoso
Chris Vosburgh 
Austin Warren 
Jeffrey Willis
Paul Yorke

Logos for UCF and Dr. Phillips Center
We extend particular gratitude to the staff and administration of Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for their partnership over the past ten years.

Thank You to Our Supporters

Logos for LIFE at UCF, OUC The Reliable One, Florida Arts and Culture, Downtown Orlando, Rockley Family Foundation, and Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies Inc.

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Division of Arts and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • The Judith and David Albertson Endowment in the Arts
  • Cartwright Family Humanities & Arts Endowment
  • Phil and Jane Easterling
  • LIFE at UCF
  • Orlando Downtown Development Board
  • OUC – The Reliable One
  • Women’s Club at UCF, Inc.

Thank You to Our Festival Partners

  • Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
  • National Young Composers Challenge
  • Orlando Family Stage
  • Orlando Shakes
  • Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
  • UCF College of Health Professions and Sciences
  • UCF Global Perspectives and International Initiatives
  • UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management
  • Winter Park Institute
  • WUCF