Keith Hall, Director
The Western Michigan University Drum Choir is a drum ensemble which performs compositions arranged and composed primarily by the students. This unique ensemble is an extension of the jazz drum curriculum and offers a group experience where ideas are exchanged in a tremendous atmosphere for improvisation and teamwork. The ensemble explores the history of drum set vocabulary as well as world rhythm concepts. The Drum Choir performs at the WMU Invitational Jazz Festival, as part of jazz ensemble concerts, and for special events.
Created in 1992 by artist-in-residence Billy Hart, the drum choir allows students the opportunity to explore the tradition of the drums while incorporating contemporary concepts. The ensemble is required for jazz drum set majors and is open to non-majors.