The World Percussion Group

Assembling the world’s elite

Artistic Director: Tim Palmer (Maraca2 Percussion Duo)

Selected Artists

WPG 2023 Selected Artists 

Please see below the selected WPG 2023 V-Tour artists.

Catatumbo Trio - Venezuela

Catatumbo Percussion Trio Currently based in Venezuela, Catatumbo Percussion Trio is a musical group that belongs to the organizational structure of the Catatumbo Percussion Ensemble and is made up of its members, all members of El Sistema.

It was created exclusively to participate in the International Trios Percussion Competition of Luxembourg 2022. Its members Jose Alejandro Garcia (musical director), Yuth Canizalez and Naybeth Mora - are members of the Catatumbo Percussion Ensemble and the Catatumbo Marimba Quartet. With these groups they have had the honor of being recognized in multiple international music competitions, mostly with first places within their categories.

Since its creation, the Catatumbo Percussion Ensemble has prioritized being a multiplier of knowledge through each of its members. Together with the Percussion School, its members have given talks and master classes to children and young people who are part of El Sistema in the metropolitan area of Caracas. Today, two of its members are part of the faculty of the El Sistema School of Percussion and, in turn, its director serves as a member of the governing committee of that entity. In 2019, the Catatumbo Percussion Ensemble won first place in two international music competitions (at the "Belgrade International Music Competition" in Serbia and "The Muse" International Music Competition" in Greece).

This became a historical fact for percussion in Venezuela since never before had a group of this format obtained any recognition in musical competitions worldwide. Then, in 2020, the ensemble also took first place in the chamber music category of the 2020 French Music Competition and earned a place in the final of the Cadenza Music Competition, placing in the top 18 entrants. . out of a total of more than 500 applicants.

On the other hand, the members of the Catatumbo percussion trio are part of the percussion sections of the most important orchestras in Venezuela: Jose Alejandro Garcia stands out as principal percussionist of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, of which the maestro Gustavo Dudamel and of which Yuth Canizalez is also a part. For his part, Naybeth Mora holds the position of Deputy Director of the percussion section of the Juan Jose´ Landaeta Symphony Orchestra.

Undoubtedly, the most important recognitions obtained by the members of the Catatumbo Trio have been the second place in the chamber music category of the Universal Marimba Competition of Belgium 2021. In this contest, held in July of that year, the members of El trio -then participating in the chamber music category as the Catatumbo Marimba Quartet- stood out for its rich repertoire full of contrasts and with an important representation of contemporary and popular Venezuelan music.

Ben Hellert - USA

Ben is a percussionist, electronic musician, audio engineer, and educator from Buffalo, New York. He has been a clinician, speaker and soloist for the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, TEDx Talks, The soundSCAPE International Festival, The Hiroshima Junior Marimba Festival, and many more. Ben has had the pleasure of performing throughout multiple continents, and recording with artists such as Keiko Abe, So¯ Percussion, Karolyn Stonefelt, Natasha Farny, Bora Yoon, and Bernard Woma. He currently holds the timpani position for the Perrysburg Symphony, and a percussion position for the Warren Symphony. Ben also plays in Bag of Wolves, a percussion and oboe duo devoted to new works.

Ben has enjoyed many diverse opportunities during his career so far. He has worked for the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, served as a Percussion Mentor for the Detroit Civic Youth Orchestras, an audio engineer for several organizations, and has taught K-12 music in the Western New York and Northwest Ohio areas. He currently teaches K-8 General Music at West Side Montessori in Toledo, Ohio.

Ben holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia and a Master’s degree in Percussion Performance from Bowling Green State University. He also holds two performer’s certificates from the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Cho¯fu, Japan. In his spare time, Ben enjoys spending time with his fiance´, two cats, and horse, playing Poke´mon, and practicing martial arts.

Dagfinn Theodor Ingebrigsten Holte - Norway

Dagfinn Theodor Ingebrigtsen Holte is Norwegian percussionist, currently studying a master’s degree in classic percussion at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo. His teacher is Jennifer Torrence & Kjell Tore Innervik. He gained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Stavanger, Faculty of performing arts. Where his teacher where Bastien Riquebourg, Håkon Kartveit and Bjørn Løken. He remarked himself as a chamber musician, by creating a performance for 3 dancers and 2 percussionists for the Stavanger International Chamber music festival in 2019. He has also won 1st prize at the UiS chamber music competition. He took his military service with the Norwegian Naval force band. He has also played with orchestras such as Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, NKH Junior Orchestra Japan, Bergen Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and The Norwegian National Youth. In 2018 Dagfinn Theodor received a scholarship from the Scandinavian-Sasakawa Foundation to study Japanese percussion music at Aichi university of Arts in Japan.

David Fernandez - Venezuela

David Fernandez is a percussionist born in Caracas. Starts his studies at a very early age in El Sistema, Venezuela.

As a soloist, he had performed at the International Percussion Festival Venezuela 2019 and 2022, as well as in the second edition of the Venezuelan Contemporary Music Gala. He was selected as a performer at the FEMMAC 2021, in Mexico. The same year, he obtained an honorific mention at the Tocar y Luchar Competition. He has presented as a soloist with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, the Catatumbo Percussion Ensemble and the Lara Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has premiered several pieces, working closely with composers as Darwin Aquino, Jose Alejandro Garcia, Andres Level, Diego Morales among others.

On the other hand, as a orchestral percussionist he has performed with some of the most important orchestras of the country: Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra, Venezuelan Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon Bolivar Baroque Orchestra among others. He’s a percussionist at the Juan Jose Landaeta Symphony Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, he has been awarded several prizes and distinctions with their ensemble "Catatumbo Percussion Ensemble" on some countries, highlighting the second place in the Universal Marimba Competition Belgium 2021 and the position of semifinalist on the International Percussion Competition Luxembourg 2022. They also have performed at important events such as two editions of the Latin American Music Festival, the two editions of the Venezuelan Contemporary Music Gala as well as several concerts at the International Percussion Festival Venezuela 2019 and 2022.

Elias Linus Gustavsson - Sweden

Elias Gustafsson is described by his colleagues as one of Swedens most musical young percussionists. He has a passion for reaching new audiences and venues, and for inspiring the general populace to engage more in music and live performances. On stage, his quite theatrical style appeals to new and old music enjoyers alike and lets you get fully entranced by the music. Elias has been Semifinalist in Solispriset and the Universal Marimba Competition, a consistent high-ranking receiver of Kungliga Musikaliska Akademins Scholarships, as well as the winner of Italy Pas Web Contest 2020.

"I play music to make the world a more compassionate place. Because I believe that the true power of music is the chance to cooperate with others to create something larger than ourselves, for others."

As a chamber musician, Elias loves to perform new music and mix art forms. He is convinced that the chamber music of the future needs to explore more media and cater to more senses to continue to grow as an art form. With different groups, Elias has made over 30 premiere performances.

Elias has studied for Daniel Berg, Anders Åstrand, Johan Bridger, Fredrik Duvling, Joakim Anterot, Heigo Roisin, Vambola Krigul, Søren Monrad, Niklas Larsson, and Paul Goobar. He has been educated at Örebro Universitet, Kungliga Musikhögskolan in Stockholm, Syddansk Musikkonservatoriet, Estonian Academy of Music, and Ljungskile Folkhögskola..

Graham Viegut - USA

Graham Viegut is a burgeoning performer and educator whose art is driven by the insatiable curiosities of sound. At home in many different musical environments, he has performed across the United States, including premiering new percussion music at the Bang on a Can LOUD Weekend in Massachusetts, playing chamber music in Los Angelos, and playing with regional orchestras and musicals in North Texas. Having knowledge of countless percussion idioms, Graham leaves no stone unturned in his quest to perfect the music he plays. Recent projects include creating an immersive and multimedia contemporary percussion recital, traveling to Indonesia to study Balinese Gong Kebyar, gigging on everything from classical percussion to steel pan, and working with composers to premier new mixed chamber works.

Pursuing a BM in Percussion Performance at the University of North Texas, Graham performs with the esteemed North Texas Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, and a variety of world percussion and contemporary music ensembles. Guided by studies with almost every percussionist on the diverse faculty at North Texas, Graham has developed an amazing array of skillsets and learned how to combine normally stratified percussive techniques into a unique, holistic approach to the art of music-making. In addition to performing around campus, Graham is an active arranger and creative, having had his arrangements played by the 2:00 Steel Band, South Indian Cross Cultural Ensemble, Gamelan, Basketball Pep Band, and in student recitals.

As an educator, Graham believes in the power music holds to inspire students in all areas of their lives. He has taught drumlines, given guest clinics, and judged competitions in DFW high schools, working with students in a process led by mutual curiosity and exploration. He often exposes young students to art and music far beyond the normal academic box and shares the techniques and knowledge necessary for the students to be successful at ambitious endeavors.

Hoi Yin Ng - Hong Kong

A native from Hong Kong, Hoi Yin Ng is a first-year undergraduate at the Royal College of Music. Her main teachers include Daniella Ganeva, Grahame King and Sam Walton. Other than her percussion pursuits, she is also doing her second study in composition at the RCM with Dr Alison Kay.

Prior to her studies in the United Kingdom, she was a junior student at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, majoring in western percussion under the tutelage of Sophia Woo. She was actively involved in youth orchestras and ensembles both in and outside school, and participated in various percussion masterclasses and events, including performing at the Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion in 2016 and 2017. Over the years, Hoi Yin has garnered various prizes and scholarships, including the Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence, which was to support her studies in the United Kingdom.

Having a passion for solo percussion, concertos form a significant part of her repertoire. Among them include Ney Rosauro’s Second Marimba Concerto, with which she won her secondary school’s Concerto Competition, and Keiko Abe’s Prism Rhapsody, which won her the Parsons Music Scholarship for Wind, Brass and Percussion Instruments and the Grantham Music Award. She is constantly finding ways to break out of her comfort zone in music, with her recent ventures being in contemporary music, performing George Lewis’ The Deformation of Mastery and Jo Kondo’s Gardenia with colleagues at the RCM.

Holmes Duo - USA

The Holmes Percussion Duo, consisting of brothers Cody and Ben Holmes, is a dynamic and innovative percussion ensemble that has captivated audiences with their original compositions and performances. Their original music, composed exclusively by Cody and Ben, has been performed in venues across the globe. The duo's music has been described as "Brilliant and Captivating," and "Unique and Groovy" by Percussive Notes. In addition, the duo was awarded 2nd prize in the North International Music Competition and will join the World Percussion Group for their 2023 virtual tour.

The Holmes Percussion Duo is committed to educating and exciting audiences through their recitals, featuring a wide range of percussion instruments and techniques. The duo has amassed over 700 thousand YouTube views and continues to build a wide audience of percussion enthusiasts. Sheet music for the Holmes Percussion Duo's music can be found at C. Alan Publications, Tapspace Publications, and Holmespercussion.com. Their unique approach to percussion music and dedication to education make the Holmes Percussion Duo an exciting and valuable addition to the percussion community.

Hunter Gross - USA

Hunter Gross is an American percussionist, chamber musician, and educator based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Garnering recognition as a performer early in his career, Hunter has had great success in national percussion competitions. Most recently, Hunter took first prize in the Keyboard Division of the 2020 Percussive Arts Society International Convention Solo Competition. As a vibrant contemporary percussionist, Hunter recently joined the stage with the Heartland Marimba Ensemble at the 2022 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) and has been selected to participate in the 2023 World Percussion Group.

Hunter continues to push the boundaries of classical percussion through his ongoing collaboration and consortium projects with esteemed contemporary music composers including Molly Joyce, Steven Snowden, and Brian Mark. He is the current Percussion Director for Chickasha Public Schools and Adjunct Professor of Percussion at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.

I-Cheng Che - China

I-Cheng Che is a percussionist from Macao, China. She started learning drumset at the age of 12 and percussion at the age of 14. With her undying love for percussion and the arts, I-Cheng’s passion for learning and exploring her craft is eternal. She loves percussion ensemble and chamber music. With the amount of commitment she shows on stage, it is her mission to share music and percussion to the public eye.

As an orchestral player, I-Cheng is currently a percussion member of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Previously, she joined the Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra Association from 2011-2017, where she participated in many concerts and tours in China, Italy and Australia. She was featured as a marimba soloist with the Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2016.

I-Cheng has participated in percussion competitions at different places. In 2021, she won the Concerto Aria Competition at Wichita State University. In the 2014, 32nd Macao Young Musicians Competition, she received the second prize in solo percussion (advanced level), champion of the percussion ensemble and Best Ensemble Performance Prize.

I-Cheng is pursuing a master’s degree in percussion performance at Wichita State University where she studies with Gerald Scholl and jazz drumset with Steve Hatfield. She received her bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from the University of North Texas where she studied with Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, and Paul Rennick. During her time at UNT, she learned and explored Classical, Jazz, Brazilian, Cuban, Indian and African music styles under several professors such as Stockton Helbing, Jose´ Aponte, and Poovalur Sriji and Gideon F. Alorwoyie.

I-Lin Tsai - Taiwan

I-Lin Tsai is a Taiwanese percussionist and educator specializing primarily in the marimba. Since her early music studies, she has devoted herself to exploring and furthering the art of marimba playing. 

In 2017, she enrolled in the percussion class at University of Music in Detmold(Hochschule für Musik Detmold), Germany, where she studied under the guidance of professor Peter Prommel and Fumito Nunoya, graduating from the Soloist Class in 2019. During her time at the university, she was the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including Second Prize in the International Bamberg Marimba Competition, Microgrant Recipients from Southern California Marimba association. 

I-Lin currently holds the position as short-term percussion instructor at the municipal music school in Bad Oeynhausen, from the Spring of 2022. She is currently serving as percussion teacher at music school in Bonn from the Spring of 2023. 

Aside from teaching and performing, she also enjoys working with composers to expand the repertoire for the modern marimbist. She has collaborated with various of worldwide musicians. Back in year 2021, she premiered the marimba concerto written by the renowned Brazilian composer Anderson Matos with Percussion ensemble in Detmold. I-Lin is currently based in Germany. 

Megan Campbell - USA

Megan Campbell is currently a senior studying percussion at the University of North Texas. She began her serious percussion journey through Drum Corps International, becoming a member of the snare line at Santa Clara Vanguard in 2020, and being a member of the Leadership Team in 2022. She is also an avid participant in marimba competitions, competing in the solo division at the Tierras Percussion Competition and earning two Open Duo silver medals at the Great Plains and Southern California International Marimba Competitions. She has played in many of the classical and world percussion ensembles at UNT, such as the UNT Percussion Ensemble, the 2 O’clock Steel Band, the Advanced Afro-Cuban Ensemble, and the Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestras. She is also currently a finalist for the US Army Hellcats Drumline.

Megan has studied with Dave Hall, Paul Rennick, Christopher Deane, Mark Ford, Robert Chapman, Jose Aponte, and Stockton Helbing. Her favorite thing in the world is learning new music, especially with other young performers.

Remy Besson - USA

Remy Besson began studying music at a young age first learning piano and quickly shifting to percussion and drumset. Throughout school, he participated in various festivals and wind ensembles gaining experience in both classical percussion and drum set mediums. Upon graduation, Remy attended the University of Rhode Island studying Music Education under the guidance of Dr. Kyle Forsthoff. There he focused on becoming a versatile musician through the study and performance of a wide range of genres from Bach to Christopher Rouse, while also continuing his jazz studies with Steve Langone.

Throughout his time at URI, Remy strove to involve himself in as many musical opportunities as possible. This not only led to frequent performances with both instrumental and vocal ensembles but also several performances in various student and faculty recitals. Furthermore, Remy continued gaining drum set experience through performing in jazz recitals and combos. This led to the opportunity to work with the URI Big Band culminating in a performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 2019. During his time at URI Remy was recognized by his professors with the Theodore Presser Scholarship, Department Award for Performance and President's Award for Academics for his achievements in his studies and performances. The most notable achievement being a winner of the 2019 Concerto Competition, where he earned the opportunity to perform selected movements of Soar by Robert Oetomo.

Upon graduating URI, Remy pursued his Masters in Performance at Morehead State University studying with Dr. Brian Mason, Dr. Ben Cantrell and Dr. Josh Smith. There Remy continued to develop both as a player and teacher while continuing to work towards developing his versatility as a musician. This led to him working closely with the marching and steel band. During his final year, Remy had the opportunity to assist with several performances at the Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference as the Assistant Director of the percussion ensemble and working closely with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. His studies culminated in a 2 part recital series titled “Dialectics in Percussion” which aimed to provide a progression of accessible to inaccessible percussion literature with the explicit goal to guide listeners to form new opinions surrounding avant-garde music. After earning his degree in May 2022, Remy returned to Rhode Island working as a freelance musician, educator and in various levels of music production.

Andrew Naughton - USA

Andrew Naughton is a percussionist based in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Much of his focus is spent on contemporary percussion music. He is a classically trained percussionist and obtained his B.A. in Music Performance (2018) and M.A. in Music Education (2021) degrees from Adams State University in Colorado. He is currently studying percussion performance as a D.M.A. student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas studying under Timothy Jones, Dean Gronemeier, and Alex Stopa.

Throughout Andrew’s studies, he has been prepared to be a well-rounded percussionist with experience learning, performing, and teaching western and world music. In 2018, Andrew studied world music with a particular focus on the congas. Performing with the Adams State University percussion studio at the annual Colorado Music Educators Association conference at the famous Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The performance was a presentation on the history and music of the Americas, the project titled, “Music of the Americas Project,” under the direction of Dr. James W. Doyle III. He was also frequently involved in the Adams State percussion ensemble, steel band, samba band, wind ensemble group, orchestra, and chamber choir.

At UNLV Andrew has been involved with many ensembles in and outside of the school. He is currently performing as principal timpanist of the Grammy-nominated UNLV Wind Orchestra under the direction of Thomas G. Leslie. Andrew is involved with the percussion ensemble, has performed with the UNLV new music performance group named Nextet, has performed at many hotels along the Las Vegas strip, and has performed with the Southern Nevada Chamber Orchestra, and is involved with the Spring 2023 UNLV Opera production of, “The Turn of the Screw,” by Benjamin Britten. Andrew’s most notable involvement was recording an album with the UNLV Wind Orchestra featuring jazz greats, Bernie Dresel, Mitchel Forman, Eric Marienthal, and John Patitucci.

Ryan Bond - USA

Ryan Bond is a percussionist who is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) under the mentorship of Dr. Dean Gronemeier, Dr. Timothy Jones and Gary Cook. Prior to completing a Master of Music degree at UNLV, he completed his Bachelor of Music degree at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah with an emphasis in commercial music. Bond has performed and given clinics internationally in Finland, Norway, and Sweden. He has also performed with Las Vegas Percussion Collective, Opera Las Vegas, Vegas City Opera, Southern Nevada Chamber Orchestra, and the Grammy-nominated UNLV Wind Orchestra, serving as principal percussionist under the direction of Thomas G. Leslie. Notable artists he has worked alongside include John Patitucci, Eric Marienthal, and Bernie Dressel. Bond is a member of the PAS Health and Wellness committee and is the Nevada PAS chapter Treasurer. He has been published multiple times in Percussive Notes, Rhythm! Scene, Not So Modern Drummer, and more. Bond actively gives clinics, instructs camps, adjudicates, and maintains a private studio, and he works as a percussion specialist with the Las Vegas Youth Orchestras and the Clark County School District. Bond Proudly Endorses Majestic Percussion and Sabian.

Tomasz Herisz - Poland

Tomasz Herisz is a young percussionist and composer from Poland. His focus lies on vibraphone, and a wide variety of contemporary music. As an artist, Herisz explores ideas of many approaches to the performance act. While enjoying the classical, acoustic approach, he is also experimenting with elements of performing arts and introducing electronics in various ways.

Herisz is a laureate of numerous events. He has won many competitions, like International Marimba Festiva Competition in Bamberg, Italy Percussion Competition - vibraphone in Montesilvano, International Percussion Competiton "DrumFest" in Opole, Festival International de Percussao in Tomar, and many others.

Additionally, as a city of Bytom scholarship holder in 2021, he could show his idea of engaging, classical percussion music videos, with his artistic project. All the videos are public on his YouTube channel.

As a composer, he's mostly exploring sounds of vibraphone and other percussion instruments, but he isn't limited to one sound world. He is actively exploring the possibilities of electronics in music, especially live electronics. One of his vibraphone pieces - "Rhapsodie Chromatique" is published by Musicon Publications.

Tomasz Herisz is pursuing a master's degree at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice under the guidance of dr Wojciech Herzyk. During his education, Herisz also studied at HMDK Stuttgart, and Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Yu-Chen Hsiao - Taiwan

Yu-Chen Hsiao, 1995 born in Taiwan, started learning percussion at the age of 10. From 2013, he studied in Taipei National University of Arts with Prof. Sarah Barnes and graduated with a bachelor degree in 2017. During his university time, he won the Guan-Du New Sound Competition in the ensemble category and also performed a marimba concerto from Gene Koshinski with Taipei National University of Arts Choir.

In 2018, he went to Hochschule für Musik Detmold in Germany for his master degree and studied with Prof. Peter Prommel. During this period of time, he won the ALUMNI-GFF Interpretation Competition in 2019 and he composed two percussion pieces called “War” and “Lotus” for his solo concerts.

After finishing master, he continued to study Konzertexamen (Concert exam) in Hochschule für Musik Freiburg in Germany with Prof. Håkon Stene. Besides studying, he was also a marimba tutor in the percussion class and he has teaching there for two years. In November 2021, his recording of "Hiten-Seido III" for marimba solo from the Japanese composer Maki Ishii was live on a radio broadcast program "Musikabsolvent*innen im Südwesten” from SWR2 (Südwestrundfunk 2). In the next year, he obtained a scholarship from DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst). In the end of 2022, he performed a percussion concerto from Avner Dorman with Hochschule für Musik Freiburg Orchestra. Because of his outstanding performance, he graduated with the best grade (mit Auszeichnung bestanden). And now he is a freelancer in Germany.

Cole Gregory - USA

Cole Gregory is from Louisville, Kentucky, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s in Percussion Performance at the University of Louisville in 2021. He is a 2016 winner of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, and performed live on NPR’s From the Top National radio broadcast in February of 2016. A 2015 graduate of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts in percussion, Cole regularly serves in the GSA community at public speaking events and helps with audition processes. In addition, he has participated in numerous festivals, competitions, and masterclasses throughout the state of Kentucky and Tennessee. These include All-State, various KMEA and TMEA events, various performances nationwide, Honor Band of America, Honor Jazz Band of America, 2x Winner of the Kentucky PAS Collegiate Snare Competition, Music For All’s Percussion Festival (twice), and Black Swamp’s 2016 1st place National Percussion Ensemble Competition with the Youth Performing Arts School, performances with Professor Michael Burritt, Dr. Julie Hill, Professor Jim Campbell, Professor Johnathan Tafoya, Professor Kevin Bobo and many others. Cole currently works with many high schools designing marching percussion shows, captioning percussion, writing music, and teaching year-round lessons in the Louisville and Nashville areas to 30+ students. He is currently a graduate student at MTSU receiving his Master’s in Percussion Performance under Dr. Brian Mueller and Professor Lalo Davila and has served as a graduate teaching assistant for both the Band and Percussion Departments doing maintenance on percussion inventory, sectional work with marching percussion, teaching private lessons, and helping with overall logistics of each department. Cole has served as principle chair in all major ensembles including jazz ensembles and classical and is currently free-lancing outside of school as a studio musician and live touring musician with various artists in Nashville.

Albin Rosenqvist - Sweden

Albin Rosenqvist is a Swedish percussionist that’s currently studying in Odense in Denmark in his second year of bachelor. Most of his career he’s been playing the drum kit and wanted to live with just playing the kit until 2019 when he started at Sundsgårdens Folkhögskola to study classical percussion.

He quickly realized how fun it was to play classical music and thereby he couldn't stop practicing.  In 2022 he competed in Luxemburg at a trio competition and at the World Marimba Competition in Stuttgart and was recently selected to be a part of the 2023 World percussion group.

Albin will keep on pushing on and playing as much as possible to show the world what he can do with all different percussion instruments.