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Percussion Studies

Phillip O'Banion: Assistant Professor and Artistic Director of Percussion Studies

Adjunct Percussion Faculty
Christopher Deviney
Rolando Morales-Matos
William Wozniak

Adjunct Percussion/Jazz Faculty
Tony Miceli - vibraphone
Dan Monaghan - drumset
Steve Fidyk - drumset

Temple University Percussion Ensemble

The Temple University Percussion Ensemble provides a high-quality artistic and educational experience in chamber music for percussion students; celebrates and promotes the performance of percussion literature; and encourages the composition of new works for the medium.

Formed by Charles Owen in 1967 from a small group of three members, the ensemble grew to include as many as eighteen performers by 1972 with the help of associate conductor Jack Moore. From 1973 to 1978, Alan Abel and Professor emeritus Glenn Steele co-directed the percussion ensemble. Professor Steele subsequently served as director from 1978 to 2011. During his tenure the ensemble performed at many local and regional music conferences, gave premieres by composers such as William Kraft, Paul Epstein, Claudio Tripputi, and Tim Clark, and released the ensemble’s first commercial recording, ‘Forests of the Sun.’


The Temple University Percussion Ensemble is directed by Phillip O’Banion, Assistant Professor and Artistic Director of Percussion Studies. In 2012-13, ensemble members worked with composers John Mackey and Michael Daugherty and hosted Russell Hartenberger for a week-long residency. TUPE was featured as part of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Chamber Music series in April 2013.


Cadence by Russell Hartenberger on BCM&D Records, 2013
MASS by John Mackey on BCM&D Records, 2012

Percussion Ensemble
Temple University Percussion Ensemble
Phillip O'Banion, Director