Nominated in 2014 for “Best Percussion Ensemble” by DRUM! Magazine, Duo Percussion is a professional percussion pairing known for their eclectic and high-energy performances. Founded by Brennan Connolly and Dave Robilliard, Duo Percussion is dedicated to expanding the percussion duo repertoire and attracting new audiences by performing diverse and entertaining programs of classical and contemporary percussion music. They are committed to musical excellence and have a passion for fostering creativity.
Duo has performed in concert halls and community venues both in Canada and internationally. Recent appearances include the Elora Festival, Guelph Chamber Choir, Wolf Performance Hall in London, Imperial Theatre in Sarnia, New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts! and Bach Music Festival of Canada. They recently completed a tour to Oklahoma City where they appeared as guest artists with the Canterbury Choral Society.
Recognized for their educational work, Duo Percussion has performed and given workshops for numerous schools and community groups across Ontario. Founded in the spring of 2008, they were first engaged to perform at a secondary school in Ontario and with an outstanding response, the demand for the group was immediate. Now frequently engaged by schools throughout the province, Duo has performed and presented workshops at the Ontario Music Educator’s Conference, MusicFest Canada, Western University and the University of Guelph.
With concerts and workshops tailored to suit various educational levels, Duo Percussion has been able to help inspire and enhance the abilities of many young audiences by exposing them to a unique genre of music and immersing them into the world of percussion. The duo’s diverse programming uses common percussion instruments as well as innovative items found in daily activities in order to develop the limitless possibilities of percussion music. This motivates and fosters students with their exploratory and creativity skill set, as well as expands their musicianship.
Duo Percussion is proud to be endorsed by Pearl/Adams Drums and Concert Percussion as well as Dream Cymbals and Gongs.