The New England Percussion Ensemble specializes in presenting creative and energetic audience-interactive enrichment programs to youngsters.

The Performers

Bob Otto – leader and musical director

Photo by Georgia Sparling


  • Bob has been a percussionist and music educator in the New England area for over four decades, performing and teaching music of all styles – from classical orchestra to jazz, big band swing, shows, rock and pop. He began school performances as co-founder of the New England Percussion Ensemble in 1992, and became director and leader in 1994.
  • He is also the inventor, patent holder and manufacturer of the RATTLER®, an attachable cymbal sizzler which has become the industry standard and is sold internationally.


  • Master of Music Education with Performance Emphasis, Hartt College of Music, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT
  • Bachelor of Music in Education, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
  • Director of Fine Arts Certificate, Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA


  • Bob performed extensively throughout the United States with the U.S. Air Force bands, first stationed with the Strategic Air Command Band at Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, NB
  • This was followed by a tour of duty with the Alaskan Air Command Band at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, AK
  • He received an honorable discharge at the final grade of Staff Sergeant

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“ If I can fund only one performance next year it will be the New England Percussion Ensemble. ”

Dr. Lorraine Bowen, Principal

West Gloucester Elementary School

Chepachet, RI