Percussionists at San Marcos High School focus on two main areas of study, marching percussion and concert percussion.
During the fall season, percussionists are involved in the Knight Regiment Marching Band consisting of a front ensemble and a marching battery. The fall percussion section is consistently one of the premier ensembles in Southern California and has placed in the top-5 in the state of California at WBA championships.
The second half of the year is devoted to concert percussion. All percussion students participate in one of four wind ensembles that perform at festivals and concerts around Southern California. Students will also participate in the concert percussion studio, where students perform concert percussion ensemble literature ranging from duets to large ensembles. The concert percussion ensemble has participated in the Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival in Indianapolis, IN five times and has been recognized as one of the top percussion ensembles in the nation.