Singapore Wind Symphony's Percussion Ensemble

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Singapore Wind Symphony's Percussion Ensemble
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Background information
Also known as SWSPE
Origin Singapore Ulu Pandan, Singapore
Genres Percussion Ensemble
Years active 2004 -present
Associated acts Singapore Wind Symphony
Website Construction in progress

The Singapore Wind Symphony's Percussion Ensemble (SWSPE) is an affiliation of the Singapore Wind Symphony (SWS). The ensemble is based in Singapore and is made up of both professional and amateur musicians.


The Singapore Wind Symphony's Percussion Ensemble was initiated and formed by Mr Willy Tan, timpanist from the Singapore Wind Symphony. Prior to his current appointment as leader of the ensemble, he has also taken the role of conductor from 2004-2006.

Members of the ensemble gather from a range of professions - professional musicians and educators, executives, national servicemen, college and tertiary students.

Since its inception in 2004, the SWSPE has held numerous public performances titled "Percussive Elementz", held twice a year. At its inaugural performance, the ensemble was honoured to have internationally renowned percussionist, Mr Tama Goh, as a guest soloist.

In 2005, the ensemble made her debut at the internationally acclaimed band competition, the 15th World Music Contest, (WMC) held in Kerkrade, Netherlands. The ensemble took part in The Percussion Ensemble Competition - Concert Division, and clinched the Silver award. This year also marked the introduction of such a division.

Guest Artistes[edit]

Guests who have performed with the SWSPE:

Mr Tama Goh, Professional Musician, Endorsee for Zildjian Cymbals & Pearl Drums

Ms Kae Hashimoto, Marimbist and Lecturer at Mahidol University's College of Music

Mr Pan Huei Yuan, currently pursuing a Masters of Music (Percussion Performance) and Literature at the Northwestern University, USA. He is also a percussion instructor with the Northwestern University Wildcat Marching Band (NUMB)


The SWSPE has been exploring a diverse range of repertoire, those that have been performed by the ensemble are listed in the table below.

List of Compositions
Titles Composers
Overture for Percussion John Beck
Samba Classico Anthony Cirone
Jazz Varians John Beck
Suite for Solo Drumset & Percussion Ensemble feat Tama Goh David Mancini
African Welcome Piece Michael Udow
Winstone Suite Jared Spears
Valley of Nepal Chris Brooks
Taiko About this sound [[:Media:|listen]] - Recorded 'Live' by the SWSPE Scott Harding
Concerto for Drumset feat Mr Dennis Sim John Beck
Symphony No 2 for Percussion Ensemble Anthony Cirone
Stubernic Mark Ford
Visional Train Kazuhiro Mamada
Concerto for Marimba & Percussion Ensemble feat Mr Muhammad Iskandar Mohd Rashid Ney Rosauro
Bingo Yusuke Yamamoto
Volume Pig Gareth Farr
Tribute to Mangione Chuck Mangione /Chris Crockarell
Marimba Spiritual feat Mr Muhammad Iskandar Mohd Rashid Minoru Miki
Marching Season Yanni / Chris Brooks
Doomsday Machine Michael Burritt
Ku-Ka Illmuku Christopher Rouse
Mudra featuring Mr Pang Huei Yuan Bob Becker
Sambach J S Bach / Chris Brooks
Take The A Train B Strayhorn / Chris Brooks
Noises ON Chris Crockarell
Concert #2 for Marimba & Percussion Ensemble feat Ms Kae Hashimoto Ney Rosauro
HANDs-ON Americ Goh
I Am Exhausted By My Own Heartbeats Philip Tan
Ants’ Carnival Philip Tan
Oh Elliot Philip Tan
SWSPE with Internationally renowned conductor and composer, Dr Hardy Mertens at the World Music Competition, Kerkrade, 2005