The highly acclaimed, Grammy-nominated New Jersey Percussion Ensemble is in residence at William Paterson University. Raymond DesRoches founded the ensemble in 1968.  Peter Jarvis currently directs NJPE as the Artistic Director and  Payton MacDonald serves as the Managing Director. Because of the ensemble’s commitment to the proclamation and high-level performances of percussion repertoire, numerous pieces have been written for, premiered by, and recorded by the group. The New Jersey Percussion Ensemble has appeared in the United States and Europe as guests of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the San Francisco Symphony, the Gaudeamus Foundation, Radio Denmark, Composers Concordance and countless others. The group can be heard on Nonesuch, Composer’s Recording Inc., Music and Arts, Koch International, Desoto, New World, NAXOS, the Composers Guild of New Jersey, Capstone and other recording labels.


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