Required Equipment

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If there is anything I can do to help you, don’t hesitate to contact me – Best, Dr. Hill


P.S. Below is a list of items you should begin to work on gathering as soon as you can!

Required Equipment/Texts in the UT Martin Percussion Studio:

Acquiring percussion equipment is the responsibility of each individual. A wide variety of mallets and instruments are necessary to properly study and perform solo and ensemble music. For a serious student, collecting percussion equipment begins early in one's career and will probably continue throughout the professional life. The old adage is certainly true of musicians: If you are going to buy something, make it the best. A good piece of equipment is an investment and will last a lifetime.


Some students find it practical to give their family and relatives a percussion catalog to use for gift ideas at birthdays and holidays. Steve Weiss has most of these items for the lowest price: or 215-659-0100


The following is a minimum requirement for new students at the University of Tennessee at Martin. These items should be acquired before the first semester of study begins:


Required Mallet/Sticks with Suggested Models

  • 1 pair, General purpose snare drum sticks: Innovative Percussion IP-JC model; or equivalent.
  • 1 pair, light duty (jazz) drum set sticks: Innovative Percussion ES-1, ES-2, or equivalent.
  • 1 pair, brushes: Innovative Percussion IP-BR 1 or equivalent.
  • 1 pair, multi-mallet: Innovative Percussion JC-1M, JC-2M or equivalent.
  • 1 pair, combo sticks: Innovative Percussion IP-1M or equivalent.
  • 1 pair, medium rattan marimba mallets: Innovative Percussion Ludwig Alpert IP3104/3105 or equivalent.
  • 1 pair of each of the following: marimba mallets from soft to hard, Innovative Percussion Nebojsa Zivkovic NJZ1, NJZ2, NJZ3,NJZ4,NJZ5,NJZ6,NJZ7 or equivalent.
  • 1 pair of each of the following: marimba mallets from soft to hard, Innovative Percussion Janis Potter JP401, JP402, JP403, JP404, JP405 or equivalent.
  • 2 pair of each, vibe/ensemble mallets: Innovative Percussion Anders Astrand, AA15 and AA25.
  • 1 pair, hard rubber mallets: Innovative Percussion ENS360 or ENS360R or equivalent.
  • 1 pair of each of the following: orchestral bell and xylophone mallets from soft to hard, Innovative Percussion James Ross Series, IP 901, 902, 903, 904, 905, 906 or equivalent.
  • 1 pair, General timpani mallets: Innovative Percussion CT-3; Black Swamp #3/Purple or equivalent.
  • 1 pair, Super-Staccato timpani mallets: Innovative Percussion CT-6; Black Swamp #6/Black or equivalent.

Required Instruments/Equipment

  • Tuning fork/pitch pipe: "A 440" for tuning timpani.
  • Practice Pad: HQ Percussion "Real Feel" 12 inch double-sided model.
  • A phone or other type recorder that can be used to record yourself in daily practice.
  • High Quality Head Phones that can plug into your metronome of be used for drum set and Latin percussion play along practice
  • Triangle: Grover Super Overtone (6 inch); Alan Abel Symphonic Model (6 inch,) or equivalent.
  • Set of triangle beaters: Grover (tubular), Stoessel, or equivalent.
  • Tambourine: Grover 10-inch Double row, Silver/Bronze combination, Beryllium copper or equivalent.
  • Frame Drum with Jingles (med size), Remo or Cooperman recommended
  • A metronome, preferably a battery operated one that can be used with a headphone, is required at every lesson. A good model is "Dr. Beat"(Roland DB-60.
  • Stick case/bag: Innovative Tour Bag (MB-3), large attaché case (such as the Firth mallet case), or sample case. Most students acquire several bags and cases to hold all their equipment.
  • Have a rubber stamp or adhesive labels made that can identify your music and books. A paint stick or colored tape will help identify your mallets.
  • Two (2) black hand towels. You will use these to accommodate silent mallet changes when you set them on music stands.
  • Dress for UT Martin Percussion Ensemble concerts will be black or solid colored long sleeve shirt/blouse, black slacks/skirt and black dress shoes (No athletic shoes!). Most large ensembles in the School of Music ask you to provide a tuxedo/black dress for concert performances as well. Company T-shirt/casual attire will be required/provided as well
  • 1-UTM Percussion t shirts will be provided for you as a lower division student and then a second one if you need when you become an upper division student. If you lose your t shirt, a $10 charge will be required to obtain another one.

Required Music Texts

other texts than the ones listed below may be assigned, consult Dr. Hill before purchase



Masterworks for Mallets, Beth Gotlieb (Row-Loff Productions)


Snare and additional rudimental instruments:

Portraits in Rhythm (Complete Study Guide), Anthony J. Cirone (Belwin Mills).
French American Etudes and Solos (exact text TBD), Joe Tompkins (Bachovich Music Pub.)
Advanced Etudes for Snare Drum, Keith Aleo (Honeyrock Pub.)


Multiple Percussion:

Music for the Multi Percussionist: A World View, Julie Hill and James Campbell (Alfred Pub.)



Exercises, Etudes and Solos for the Timpani, Raynor Carroll (Batterie Music).
The Working Timpanist’s Survival Guide, John Tafoya, (Carl Fischer Pub.)



Maiden Voyage (14 Easy to Play Jazz Tunes), Jamey Abersold (Abersold Jazz).
Voicing and Comping for Jazz Vibraphone, Thomas David (Hal Leonard).


Drum set:

Groove Essentials: The Play Along, Tommy Igoe (Hudson Music).


World Percussion and Ethnic Instruments:

Assigned as needed


Other Required Texts:

The Savvy Musician, David Cutler (
Working Towards Excellence, Paul Buyer (
The Percussionist’s Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams, Steven Schick (
A Practical Guide To Percussion Terminology, Russ Girsberger (Meredith Music).


These are minimum requirements; most percussion students will acquire more mallets, instruments and accessories during their years in college. During the course of each semester you should plan on purchasing additional mallets, music and accessories as necessary. Try to budget at least $300/semester for such expenditures.


Aug. 26

Buffalo River Back to School Canoe Trip for Current Students and Alumni
9:00 AM

Sep. 07

Tafadzwa Zimbabwe
12:30 PM

Oct. 07

Nathaniel O'Neal, Senior Percussion Recital
3:30 PM

Oct. 24

Keith Aleo
1:00 PM

Oct. 28

Hohner Porter Senior Recital
12:00 PM

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