facebook pixel
skip to main content

Welcome to the Ouachita Baptist University Percussion Studio!


students playing xylophones

group photo on stage

Erick Saoud Performs with Ouachita Percussion Ensemble

Erick Saoud (Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Episcopal Collegiate School) was on campus this fall and performed with the Ouachita Percussion Ensemble for their “African Celebration” concert. Saoud is an expert on West African percussion and taught Percussion Ensemble students traditional songs and dances and how to play authentic xylophones, called gyils. Saoud earned music education and performance degrees from the University of Florida and the University of Central Arkansas, with primary teachers including Norm Weinberg, Gary Cook and Tom Burritt. He is a proud endorser of Grover Pro Percussion and Salyers Percussion.


on stage playing piano

closeup with other students

Katie McManus Wins Concerto Competition

Katie McManus, a senior percussion and music education major from Buford, Ga., won first place in Ouachita’s annual McBeth Concerto Competition playing Ney Rosauro’s “Marimba Concerto No. 1.” In addition to a cash prize, Katie has earned opportunities to perform the concerto with the Ouachita Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble this spring. Congratulations, Katie!


Arkansas Inter-Collegiate Band
Arkansas All-State Clinic
Friday, 2/15 | 3 p.m., Hot Springs Convention Center

Ouachita Band Reunion
Dr. Craig Hamilton, conductor
Saturday, 2/23 | 11:30 a.m., Jones Performing Arts Center

Wind Ensemble
Dr. Craig Hamilton, conductor
Monday, 3/4 | 7:30 p.m., JPAC

Symphonic Band
Dr. Craig Hamilton, conductor
Thursday, 3/7 | 7:30 p.m., JPAC

Glaze Music Competition
for vocalists, pianists and instrumentalists
Thursday, 3/14 | 7:30 p.m., McBeth Recital Hall

Percussion Ensemble
“Brazilian Celebration”
Dr. Ryan Lewis, conductor
Monday, 4/11 | 7:30 p.m., McBeth Recital Hall

Spring Musical: Anastasia
Live pit orchestra
4/18-21 | 7:30 p.m., McBeth Recital Hall

Jazz Band
Dr. Austin Motley, conductor
Monday, 4/25 | 7:30 p.m., JPAC

Prism Concert
Featuring All Ouachita Instrumental Ensembles
Monday, 4/29 | 7:30 p.m., JPAC

Steel Bands
Tiger Steel and Pan Jouvet
Dr. Ryan Lewis, director
Wednesday, 5/1 | 8 p.m., JPAC


Next Steps



Ouachita Baptist University's website uses cookies to improve user experience, analyze site usage and aid in student recruitment. To learn more, read Ouachita's privacy policy.

I understand