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Facilities and Equipment

In the fall of 2015, the University of Michigan percussion program embarked on a new chapter in its storied history with the occupation of the percussion suite in the new Brehm Pavillion - a $24 million dollar addition to the Eero Saarinen designed E.V. Moore Building located on Michigan's picturesque North Campus. The new percussion suite features twelve state-of-the-art acoustically isolated practice rooms, along with additional dedicated teaching studios, all with wide, 44" doors. Additional spaces include a new acoustically-flexible large ensemble rehearsal space, a chamber music/percussion ensemble rehearsal room, dedicated storage/locker space for personal gear, as well as two large, dedicated multi percussion spaces where students can leave their set-ups intact for the duration of learning and performing a work. All practice rooms and teaching studios are also clustered together in close proximity to enhance the sense of community among percussionists. In addition to the percussion facilities, the E.V. Moore building houses two large rehearsal halls, three recital halls, classrooms, music library, and additional faculty studios.

The University of Michigan Percussion Program enjoys the use of one of the largest and finest inventories of percussion instruments in the country. We are fortunate to have an incredible diversity of impeccably maintained professional instruments.

Percussion Inventory at a glance (large instruments):


Marimbas (11) - Marimba One, Yamaha, Adams, Kori

Xylophones (8) - Musser, Deagan, Leedy, including vintage instruments

Vibraphones (7) - Yamaha, Musser, Adams

Glockenspiels (7) - Fall Creek (wide bar- extended range), Deagan (vintage) , Malletech

Timpani (8 sets) - Hinger Touch-Tone, Walter Light, Yamaha, Adams, Ludwig, as well as custom-built cable drums in 20" and 34" sizes

Snare Drums/Field Drums - numerous instruments including drums made by Pearl, Yamaha, Ludwig, Leedy, Hinger, Slingerland, Black Swamp

Drumsets (4) - Pearl & Yamaha Kits

Concert Bass Drums (10) - Reamer, Ludwig, Yamaha as well as smaller suspended "Abel" drums

Concert Toms  - numerous complete full sets including: Pearl, Yamaha, Slingerland, Ludwig

Hardware - a wide assortment of including: Pearl, Yamaha, Ludwig, Slingerland, Gibralter rack system, speed rail, custom gong racks

Cymbals - a wide assortment of Sabian, Zildjian

Additional Specialized Inventory (abbreviated listing)


Various Taiko/Odaiko Drums, Chinese Toms

4.5 Octave rage of Paiste tuned gongs

Collection of various Thai gongs, cloud gongs

4.0 Octave range of chromatic tuned almglocken

A complete collection of Brazilian Instruments - various surdos, tambourims, shekeres, repeniques, pandieros, agogo bells

Full set of Equilibrium Chromatic Log Drums

Mannette Steel Drums (lead, double seconds, cello pans)


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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower