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6265 The Band Director's Toolkit for Marching Percussion: Have No Fear!


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Learn the vocabulary necessary to develop well-rounded percussionists through hands-on experiences with all marching battery and front ensemble instruments. The techniques taught in this course will help you identify and correct common mistakes as well as develop a stronger personal relationship with your percussion section. This class is intended for band directors and percussion instructors alike. Students should bring a practice pad with stand and sticks.

Instructor: Bret Kuhn

Kuhn,_Bret_headshot_2013Bret Kuhn is a graduate of Northeast Missouri State University with a Bachelors degree where he studied percussion with Dan Peterson.

Bret served as Caption Head and Percussion Arranger for the World Champion Cavaliers who won 6 World Championships and 5 High Percussion Awards during his tenure. He also consulted with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps 2006-2008. In 2010 he served as Program Coordinator for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently consulting with Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Bret is the percussion coordinator for the Prospect High School music program and is also adjunct faculty at Northern Illinois University as well as Vandercook College of Music.

Bret is currently very active as an arranger for various high school and universities through out the US and Japan. To name a few BOA finalists they would include former percussion arranger for LD Bell High School(2006-2009) and Broken Arrow High School 2012. He also arranges for Northern Illinois University and The Aimachi Marching Band and Indoor Drumline from Nagoya, Japan.

Bret has written articles for publication in Percussive Notes Magazine and served on the Board of Directors for the Percussive Arts Society from 2005-2012. Bret is also a member of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, known as ASCAP. He travels extensively presenting clinics across the United States, Japan and Europe for Yamaha, Zildjian, Remo and Innovative Percussion.


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6265 The Band Director's Toolkit for Marching Percussion: Have No Fear!

3 graduate credits
Location: De La Salle Institute, Band Room

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Tuition: $930 (includes $75 resource fee)
A $75 deposit is required at time of registration. Tuition balance is due in full by the first day of class.

July 20-24
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


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Chicago, IL 60616-3731
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