Under the direction of Mr. Andy Salmon, the percussion curriculum offers a comprehensive approach in which students are exposed to a broad range of musical styles, instrumentations, and ensembles. Students are taught percussion fundamentals including hand technique, mallet technique, rhythm training, ear training, and reading.
TWHS Percussion Program is committed to developing superb musicianship through percussion performance. All members perform in every aspect of the music program from marching band to concert band activities throughout the Fall and Spring.
DRUMLINE / FRONT ENSEMBLE
This segment of the program is divided into two primary components: The Front Ensemble and the Battery/Drumline. Members of the Front Ensemble emphasize keyboard percussion and timpani, while members of the drumline focus on hand technique. Rhythm training, ear training, and reading are also covered by both sections. During the competitive season, the class is dedicated to honing individual and ensemble skills as they pertain to the marching band show.
Once the marching season concludes, the percussion emphasis shifts to preparation for All-State Auditions, the UIL Concerts, and the Percussion Concert for the remainder of the year. TWHS Band offers four concert ensembles (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band) and students are prepared for performance in a sectional environment. Percussion students typically have at least 4-5 major performances in the Spring.
Auditions for marching and initial concert band placements are held in May. Students are given etudes to prepare on snare drum, timpani and marimba. Placement is based on student’s audition and progress throughout the semester.
All percussion students are required to participate in this audition process which includes Pad Camp and June Week. Students are encouraged to have private lessons and to reach out to upper classmen for support.