Learn the vocabulary necessary to develop well-rounded percussionists through hands-on experiences with all marching battery and front ensemble instruments. You’ll grasp the techniques to identify and correct common mistakes as well as develop a stronger personal relationship with your percussion section. Hands-on time with basic electronics and sound reinforcement is also included. This class is intended for band directors and percussion instructors of all levels. Students should bring a practice pad with stand and sticks as well as two pairs of yarn marimba mallets.
Instructor: Bret Kuhn
Bret 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.
6317 Keys to Success: Teaching Your Marching Percussion
Dates: June 26-30
Graduate Credits: 3
Tuition: $990, due in full with registration
Location: VCM - Room TBD
Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Register online by Friday, April 14, and save $50 per class!
Register online by Friday, May 19, and save $25 per class!
Only registrations received and paid in full by 12:00 noon CDT on the dates above (April 10 for $50, May 15 for $25) are eligible for the discounts. Balances paid after initial registration do not qualify.