Under new direction, the KCYPE is aiming to become a leading organization of youth and young professional education in the Mid-West. Working with local big name performers and professors, as well as up and coming international stars the KCYPE seeks to make the idea of percussion more accessible and entertaining to the general public. Stay Tuned for Details.
The Kansas City Youth Percussion Ensemble (KCYPE) is made up of several performing groups, including large ensembles, small chamber ensembles, and mallet percussion orchestras. The ensemble features a wide variety of percussion literature composed and/or arranged specifically for percussion instruments. Groups are available for middle school students, high school students, and young professionals. Auditions in May determine the performing groups appropriate for each student for the following season.
Under the leadership of Keith Larson, past highlights of the ensemble include; performing for the National Conference of Percussion Pedagogy in Norman, Oklahoma, concerts with Kansas State University, Washburn University, and Mid-America Nazarene University, and various school tours and community performances.