Percussion at ASU


The percussion studio at ASU is directed by:

Percussion majors and minors study privately with Professor Doyle on a weekly basis, and perform in Continuum- the percussion ensemble, The Rocky Mountain Pan Handlers- the steel drum band, the ASU Grizzly Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles, and as needed in additional chamber and choral ensembles.

Course of Study

Percussionists focus on a well-rounded course of study and are provided ample opportunity to excel in areas including orchestral percussion, rudimental drumming, drum set, marimba, jazz vibraphone, Afro-Cuban, West African, steel drumming, Middle Eastern drumming, and much more.

In addition to percussion studies, students are encouraged and guided through projects for arranging, transcribing and composing. Students are also encouraged and mentored in private instruction, drum line and percussion section coaching, and percussion/drum set competitions.

Guest Artists

The percussion studio frequently hosts guest artists and clinicians, and is fortunate to have world percussionist, Lion King and Saturday Night Live musician Valerie Naranjo in-residence each year.

PAS Day of Percussion

ASU frequently hosts the PAS Colorado Chapter Day of Percussion. Professor Doyle is an active member of PAS, the Vice-President of Colorado PAS, and a member of the PAS Drum Set Committee and Interactive Drumming Committee.


The ASU inventory of percussion instruments includes a standard compliment of concert percussion and timpani, three drum sets, a full Yamaha marching percussion battery, a full instrumentation of steel drums, numerous hand drums (congas, djun djuns, djembes, etc) two vibraphones, a Malletkat, and four marimbas, including a new Adams Classic Custom 5.0 octave marimba.

Additionally, students have access to Professor Doyle’s large inventory of percussion instruments, including a 5.0 octave Marimba One.