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Summer Percussion Academy

June 21-25, 2021

George WillisThe ninth annual West Virginia University Summer Percussion Academy is a comprehensive musical experience for high school percussion students. The academy will be held June 21 - 25, 2021, and will reflect the extensive percussion offerings of the WVU percussion department: orchestral percussion, marching percussion, drum set, world music, electronic music, and other various musical styles.  Students will receive individual lessons, participate in percussion ensemble rehearsals, and have performance opportunities during the week-long event. 

Brian Wolfe This academy is for beginning level to advanced percussion students. Students will experience clinics and workshops by WVU percussion faculty and guest artists. Participants can choose to attend in-person or online.


In-Person Tuition: $300
Online Tuition: $100
Housing: $325


Step 1: Register online via Wufoo
Step 2: Pay online via Eventbrite 

Michael Vercelli
Percussion Academy Faculty 

George R. Willis
Michael B. Vercelli
Brian Wolfe
J. Mark Reilly

Guest Clinician

Andrew Reamer

Andrew Reamer holding mallets

Andrew Reamer joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra percussion section in 1989.  He was appointed associate principal percussion in 2003 and principal percussion in 2008. He earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Temple University. Reamer has taught at Duquesne University for 25 years and plays jazz with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra colleagues in The White Tie Group.

He has composed a popular collection of etudes for marimba entitled “Reamer’s Elixirs Two-Mallet Fixers” and is an endorser for Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads and Innovative Mallets.

He carries on a drum- and stick-making tradition that can be traced to the mid-19th century, and his work and innovations can be viewed at His custom drums and sticks are used by the most prestigious orchestras and universities throughout the world.

Reamer gets around Pittsburgh on a bike, a motorcycle or in a kayak regardless of the weather.