During the fall marching season, the band’s percussionists are split into two groups: Battery and Front Ensemble (or “Pit”). Both groups perform at all contests and shows with the band. Both groups are composed of students from all grade levels. The Battery consists of players who march with their instruments on the field (snare drums, tenors and bass drums.) The Front Ensemble consists of players on instruments too large for marching (marimbas, vibraphones, large drums and percussion).
During the Spring Semester, the percussionists are split amongst the four concert ensembles however, during those class periods, percussionists are given specific instructional time to improve their skills and pedagogy.
In 2017, the JVHS Percussion Studio was named as a National Winner in the National Percussion Ensemble Competition.
The percussion program is directed by Kyle Stahl and Jonathan Carr.