Just Us Percussion began as a music ensemble during the summer of 1986 within a larger drum & bugle corps, The Steel City Ambassadors. The original and current members were players in the corps pit (latin + melodic sections of the percussion ensemble). During our free time at weekend rehearsals and while on the road, we would put together short improvisational arrangements of popular latin/percussion based songs such as Tito Puente’s Oye Como Va, Chick Corea’s breaks from Celebration Suite and Spain, or Al Jarreau’s version of the Brubeck classic Blue Rhondo a la Turk. Eventually these five minute compositional experiments culminated in the desire to form an independent percussion ensemble.
After one DCA championship and many drum corps seasons, the dream of creating the percussion ensemble independent of a drum corps became a reality. In 1998 the current members of Just Us Percussion: Sandy McNeal, David Hurt, Diane Bowser, and the late Irvine Hurt, met to reform the ensemble as an educational, improvisational vehicle for the exploration of rhythms beyond the rudimental dimension. The sounds on this web site represent our best efforts in that direction. The multi-timbral arrangements herein are performed by the current three person ensemble: Sandy, Dave and Diane.