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​The CMU Percussion Ensemble has performed in America's Thanksgiving Day Parade, held annually in Detroit and broadcast nationally on CBS. They have performed concerts for the International/National Conventions of the Music Educator's National Convention, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, College Band Director's National Association, International Association of Jazz Educators, and the Music Teacher's National Association. The ensemble has performed annually at The Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival and the Notre Dame Jazz Festival.

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The ensemble has premiered Michael Colgrass' Pulitzer Prize winning composition Déjà Vu for Percussion Quartet and Wind Ensemble, David Maslanka's Arcadia II for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble, Maslanka's Montana Music: Three Dances for Percussion, and David Gillingham's national award-winning composition Paschal Dances.