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Band Director's Road Map - Keep Your Percussion Section Thriving and Motivated!

It is all about percussion for the hour! This session will discuss tools a director can use to make playing fundamentals more fun, and how to tie percussion exercises into a full band warm-up routine. Given the long school hiatus, we'll discuss the percussion equipment you'll want to check (and what to check) as the new school year begins. The clinician will also be sharing free online resources to share with your percussionists to give them, even more, to get excited about.

Sponsored by: YAMAHA

Matthew Black completed his Bachelors in Music Education from Eastern Illinois University. He has had the privilege of teaching ensembles in the Drum Corps International, Bands of America, and Winter Guard International circuits such as The Phantom Regiment, The Blue Stars, The Cavaliers Indoor Percussion Ensemble, Carmel, Ben Davis, and Kennesaw Mountain. Matthew has served as the percussion director at 7 time Grand National Champion Marian Catholic High School for the last 5 years. Matt recently took over as percussion director of his alma mater Carmel High School. He has cliniced across the country speaking on percussion pedagogy and electronic music production for Ableton Live. In his time away from teaching Matthew writes and programs shows in all areas of the marching arts. You can find a list of his note-able clients at Matthew proudly endorses Vic Firth, Mike Balter, and Zildjian.


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