One thing stands out about Central’s percussion ensemble: It’s never boring. There’s always a new instrument to try —a xylophone, a brake drum, a frying pan or metal measuring cups. “Stan always pulls in new things, and we say ‘I never knew you could play that,’” says Chelsea Catalano, a German studies and cultural anthropology major from Mitchell, S.D.

The ensemble is known for trying out different kinds of music too, including African and Japanese styles. The group recently performed a concert based on the music of InuYasha, a Japanese anime TV series.

Percussion Ensemble is a mish-mash of majors from all across campus, but they’re brought together by a simple love of percussion — and the leadership of director Stan Dahl, assistant professor of music. “It doesn’t matter if you have experience,” says Catalano. “Stan is happy to teach you.”