Day of Percussion April 14

The Day of Percussion is FREE to attend and it is open to anyone.

8 am – 9 am
Sign in/Greetings

9 am – 11 am
Masterclass with Dr. Miranda

11 am – noon
NSU Percussion Ensemble Concert

Noon- 1 pm
Lunch Break

1 pm – 2:20 pm
Marimba and Snare Drum Competition

2:30 pm – 3:50 pm
Masterclass with Dr. Moore

4 pm
Main Concert
Announce Winners of Marimba and SD Competitions
Door Prizes

Competition Info:

Thank you for your interest in our contest. We are very excited to invite you to our I Bayou Marimba Competition/I Bayou Rudimental Snare Drum Competition. The event will be held on April 14th, 2018 at Peltier Hall, Nicholls State University.

This event will give middle/high school percussion students a great performance opportunity.

About the contest:

  • It will take place at the Nicholls State University, 906 East 1st St. Madewood South; Thibodaux, Louisiana 70301 NSU Peltier Hall, Thibodaux, Louisiana
  • It is open to any student attending middle/high school.
  • Both competitions have the same registration form. You can sign up for both competitions. If that is the case, please submit two separate forms.
  • The performer may play any music of his/her own selection
  • ONE copy of the music will be required for the judges.
  • We will furnish instruments for all of the performers. However, performer may bring their own instrument.


We will provide:

  • Yamaha Marimba, 5 octave, rosewood marimba
  • (4.3 synthetic instrument also available if your student is more familiar with that type of instrument)
  • 14” marching Pearl snare drum

The Contest Judges:

Dr. Joe W Moore III (University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley)

Dr. Gustavo Miranda (Nicholls State University)


Performers are required to supply one copy of the music to be performed

Performers must play a solo piece that should not exceed 10 minutes in length

Deadline for entry is April 9, 2018

Each performer is required to bring his/her own mallets, drumsticks

Registration form must be sent to Dr. Miranda at

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Day of Percussion


Saturday, April 14


Peltier Hall


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Nicholls Bands Present American Labor Songs March 15

On Thursday, March 15th at 7:30 pm the Nicholls Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will present a concert featuring the music of Dr. Kimberly Archer, Associate Professor of Composition at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She will be in residence at Nicholls State University to coach and teach our students the week of the concert. The concert will have the world premiere of her American Labor Songs. The work came about due to her founding of a union chapter at her institution with the financial help of Nicholls and a consortium of ten university bands and musical groups from throughout the country. Dr. Archer’s degrees have come from Florida State University, Syracuse University and the University of Texas. Her music has been performed at international conferences as well as by some of the best college bands in the United States.

On the program is another of Dr. Archer’s works, Hour of the Wolves, based on part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Also there will be two pieces by David Maslanka, one of her mentors who passed away last year and an important wind band composer. Among the other compositions to be performed is the quintessential Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst, the thrilling Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein, and a medley of selections featured in James Bond films. The concert is open to the public with no admission charged.


American Labor Songs


Thursday, March 15 @ 7:30 p.m.


Mary and Al Danos Theater