The SU Percussion Ensemble meets one to two hours a week and performs at least one major concert a semester. It is dedicated to performing at a high standard and the wide variety of literature is chosen for its substance and pedagogical value. Concert programs include pieces ranging from traditional to contemporary, novelty to transcriptions and marimba ensembles to world music. While the SU Percussion Ensemble meets its expectations of showcasing the talent of its personnel, it also functions as an opportunity for intense learning. By design, parts are assigned to students in areas where they are proficient and deficient. Music is distributed in a balanced fashion so older and younger students have a relatively equal amount of responsibility on each concert.