USC Percussion Group

USC Percussion Group is dedicated to performing both today’s music and the music of percussion pioneers. 

Student percussionist plays flower pots onstage.


The USC Percussion Group, directed by Joseph Pereira, principal timpani of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is dedicated to performing both today’s music and the music of percussion pioneers. They often collaborate with artists from Los Angeles’s thriving new music scene.

Reperetoire includes music by: Mark Applebaum, Edmund Campion, Elliott Carter, Franco Donatoni, Gérard Grisey, Sofia Gubijdulina, Fritz Hauser, Ted Hearne, Lukas Ligeti, Anthony Pateras, Toru Takamitsu and Fellipe Waller.

Ensemble Information

The ensemble, which includes students from the USC Thornton Winds & Percussion program, frequently collaborates with guest composers and premieres new works.

Headshot of Joseph Pereira standing in an urban background.

USC Percussion Group director Joseph Pereira enjoys a multi-faceted career as a timpanist/percussionist, composer, conductor, and teacher.

The USC Percussion Group operates under the auspices of the Thornton Winds & Percussion program. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as non-degree certificates.

Ensemble Performances

USC Percussion Group’s repertoire includes notable world and West Coast premieres. The ensemble has appeared on the LA Phil’s Green Umbrella series performing the music of Ondrej Adamek, Panayiotis Kokoras, John Luther Adams, Michael Van der Aa, Rolf Wallin and George Antheil’s Ballet Mécanique.

Percussionist plays suspended amglocken at USC.

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