Ithaca College has two percussion ensembles, one comprised of underclassmen and one comprised of upperclassmen. These ensembles are directed by Conrad Alexander and Gordon Stout respectively. The professors pride themselves on exposing performers in the two ensembles to high quality percussion literature, both classic and new. Both ensembles often perform with guest artists who have distinguished careers in percussion.
The purpose of the Steel Band is to allow those students already in Percussion Ensemble the opportunity to experience and learn about Latin American and Caribbean music in an organized ensemble setting. The steel bands rehearse during percussion ensemble rehearsals and are directed by Gordon Stout and Conrad Alexander. In addition to performing in these steel bands, some students choose to become members of the IC Steel Band Club, a Student Government Association sponsored student organization. Members of this club often belong to the touring steel band that performs gigs in and around the Ithaca area.