Santa Clara Vanguard
Youth Percussion Ensemble

The Vanguard Music and Performing Arts (VMAPA) Youth Percussion Ensemble (YPE) is a premiere performing arts ensemble aimed at giving participants the opportunity to perform unique repertoire at the highest level possible. We specialize in music composed for orchestral percussion instruments, arrangements of various genres of music, and unique experiences unparalleled by any extracurricular opportunity in the greater Silicon Valley. In addition to the full ensemble setting, these performers will have the opportunity to perform chamber works and have access to a wide range of percussive styles and pedagogy. Participants are exposed to masterclasses from professionals throughout the season, as well as amazing and intrinsically challenging music that will help percussionists reach a new level of musicianship.

Benefits of Joining the SCV Youth Percussion Ensemble

  • Professional training under our conductors and staff
  • Concert performances in the most prestigious venues
  • Sectional coaching and master classes from world-class musicians
  • Chamber music programs
  • Community service via music outreach

If you are interested in joining the VMAPA Youth Percussion Ensemble, we invite you to download the following packet for detailed expectations and audition information. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Andrew Hill by email at


This year the Vanguard Music and Performing Arts Youth Percussion Ensemble will hold auditions for their 2018 season on Sunday, November 26 from 1:00 PMto 6:00 PM and Sunday, December 17 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Auditions will be held at the Santa Clara Vanguard Hall.

To apply for an audition, please fill out the form on the left, which will be reviewed by a member of the VMAPA-YPE staff, and followed up with an email confirmation.

A $20 non-refundable registration fee is required for all new and returning members that is to be paid no later than the date of the audition. Applicants will be notified of their audition date and time approximately one week prior to the audition. Missed auditions will not be rescheduled.

Click the link below to download and print the 2018 Youth Percussion Ensemble audition materials.

Upcoming Events and Performances

November 26, 2017: Audition Day 1, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

December 17, 2017: Audition Day 2, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

January 7, 2018: Intensive Rehearsal Day, 1:00 PM – 7:30 PM (Dinner Provided)

February 25, 2018: Dress Rehearsal, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM (Mandatory)

March 4, 2018: Concert #1, Call time is 1:30pm, Concert Starts at 3:00pm (San Jose State University)

March 11, 2018: Intensive Rehearsal Day, 1:o0 PM – 7:30 PM (Dinner Provided)

April 1, 2018: No Rehearsal (Easter)

April 29, 2018: Dress Rehearsal, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM (Mandatory)

May 3, 2018: Concert #2, Call time is 5:30pm, Concert Starts at 7:30pm (Lynbrook High School)

Your attendance at all rehearsals and concert events is very important to the success of the ensemble. All absences require approval and must be submitted (in person or by email) at least THREE WEEKS in advance of the requested absence. You can download the Absence Request Form below.

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