Virtual Percussion Festival Today


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Today, Saturday, April 24, is the Verona High School music department’s eighth annual percussion festival “Necessary Noise.” In past years, this has been a multi-day event and the largest percussion festival on the East Coast, complete with workshops, competitions, showcase concerts and clinics for high school, college and professional musicians.

This year, it’s all going to be online and you can watch it through a free livestream on YouTube. The music starts at 2 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. Verona High School’s percussionists will perform towards the end of the festival.

The festival will unfold over afternoon and evening concerts as follows: (Please note timings are approximate)

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Afternoon Concert 1 (2-3:15 p.m.)

  • Recap + Mantra Percussion
  • Purchase College
  • Ramsey High School
  • Juilliard Pre-College
  • Kean University
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Afternoon Concert 2 (3:30-4:45 p.m.)

  • Queens College
  • New York University
  • William Paterson University
  • Wayne Valley High School
  • University of Michigan

Evening Concert 1 (6-7:15 p.m.)

  • Special Music School
  • Rowan University
  • Ithaca College
  • Furman University
  • West Essex High School
  • New Jersey City University

Evening Concert 2 (7:30pm-8:45pm*)

  • Manhattan School of Music
  • Verona High School
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • George Mason University
  • Leander High School
  • Recap & Mantra Percussion

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