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For Third Coast Percussion, anything can be an instrument

Members of Third Coast Percussion didn’t have a blueprint for building their careers. But 20 years later, they’re working with renowned composers and securing Grammy nominations.


When the four members of Third Coast Percussion were studying classical music at Northwestern University, they didn’t have much of a blueprint for building careers in a percussion ensemble. Twenty years later, they’re working with renowned composers and racking up Grammy nominations.

“We’ve never been the stereotypical classical musicians,” said founding ensemble member Robert Dillon. And you can see it in their performances, where they blow into tubes and play flower pots.

In this episode, host Erin Allen talks to Dillon and David Skidmore about 20 years of Third Coast Percussion.

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