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Day of Percussion

EVENT DATE: Saturday, February 2, 2019


Registration Deadline: Friday, January 11, 2019

Click Here to Register

Participants: Percussionists of all levels may attend, and ensembles of any level may sign up to perform.

Objective: Day of Percussion allows percussion students to experience a day of clinics and performances. Performers get the opportunity to work directly with guest clinicians.

Day of Percussion is coordinated by Jim Yakas, Applied Percussion Instructor and Professor of Percussion Techniques and Methods at VanderCook College of Music.

This event, featuring percussion ensembles and drum lines from around the Chicago area, is a great opportunity to be immersed in percussion for an entire day. The concept for the day is to be an ensemble help session.  Each performing group will play a selection(s) of their choice, and then receive a clinic for the rest of the 30-minute time slot. This is a great chance for ensembles to perform their solo/ensemble selections in front of a live audience.

To participate in Day of Percussion, please complete the registration form. For those interested in performing and receiving a clinic, performance times will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

We will again be offering a solo festival during the day.  Each participant will have a 10-minute slot to perform and receive feedback for their solo.  The solo may be performed on any percussion instrument.  Snare drums, vibraphones, marimba and four timpani will be provided; any other instruments needed for the solo must be provided by the participant.  The cost of the solo festival is $10 per student.  The cost may be added to the payment for the school's ensemble.  Individuals not performing with an ensemble are also encouraged to participate.  

An outstanding soloist from high school and from middle school will be recognized.

To register for the solo festival please fill out a PDF registration, or register using the online registration form.  Online registration for the solo festival is included in the "Online Registration" form (link above).

To register, please fill out the appropriate form and return with payment by the registration deadline. School groups should pay for all students on one school-printed check or purchase order. A credit card payment is also accepted. Make all checks out to VanderCook College of Music.

Mail completed form and payment to:

VanderCook College of Music
Attn: Jim Yakas - Day of Percussion
3140 S. Federal St.
Chicago, IL 60616-3731

If you wish to fax your submission, the number is 312.225.5211.

If you have any questions, please contact Jim Yakas at 312.788.1175 or at



VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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