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Ju Percussion Group awarded for dedication to percussion music

By Yali Chen
 
Ju Percussion Group was given an award by Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) in 2017 for its long-time dedication to education and promotion of percussion music. It is the 15th arts organization to receive this honor.
 
Established in 1986 as Taiwan’s first professional percussion ensemble, the percussion troupe has been actively seeking new ways to push the boundaries of percussion music through crossover collaborations and incorporation of dramatic elements.

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Ju Percussion Group founder Ju Tzong-ching (right) receives an award from
Taipei City Deputy Mayor Chen Chin-jun.


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Taipei City Deputy Mayor Chen Chin-jun says that Taiwan has become an important development center in the world of percussion thanks to the contribution and dedication of Ju Percussion Group.
 
In the last 32 years, the Taipei-based ensemble has combined performance, teaching, and promotion of percussion. To date, it has wowed audiences around the world with their dynamic music and showmanship at more than 3,000 performances in 33 different countries.
 
“Ju Percussion Group gave proof that it merits the prize it has already won from the DOCA,” Taipei City Deputy Mayor Chen Chin-jun. “Thanks to its contribution and dedication, Taiwan has become a major international development center of percussion music.”
 
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Ju Percussion Group founder Ju Tzong-ching becomes the first Taiwanese to earn induction into the PAS (Percussive Arts Society) Hall of Fame, which is considered one of the highest honors in the world of percussion.

“When I set up the Ju Percussion Group in Taipei 32 years ago, I set a clear goal: ‘Think Globally, Act Locally,’” the group’s founder Ju Tzong-ching said. “I hope that all our members maintain this day-one spirit in the future.”

Over the past 32 years, the ensemble has combined traditional and modern music with Eastern and Western percussion. The founder has three focuses: to nurture new talents, to enrich the ensemble’s programs by never-ending commissioning of new music, and to promote its distinctive music by setting up a worldwide network.

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Wu Pei-ching is the principal percussionist of the Taipei-based Ju Percussion Group.

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Learning percussion from Ju Tzong-ching in college, Hwang Kuen-yean has worked for the Ju Percussion Group for 32 years.

In 2009, Ju received a lifetime achievement award in education from the U.S.-based Percussive Arts Society (PAS) for his devotion to the percussive arts and for organizing the Taipei International Percussion Conventions (TIPC) in 1993, 1996, 1999, and 2002.

Seven years later, the group’s founder was inducted by the PAS into its Hall of Fame, which is considered one of the highest honors in the world of percussion. He was the first Taiwanese to receive the award from PAS, the largest percussion organization in the world.