Marching Percussion Arranging

Learn to write for the full marching percussion sections, both battery and pit. You will learn how to orchestrate parts, write cadences, and create a full percussion score using various techniques. The final project in this course could well be used for your group’s next marching season! This class is open to both percussionists and non-percussionist directors.
Students are required to have access to Finale (full version, 2009 or higher) or Sibelius (full version, 4 or higher); alternately, you can opt to handwrite your notation and scan it for submission. Students using Finale or Sibelius should have basic to intermediate skills in using the software.

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.



2021 Humanity in Music Education Conference Details


In-person registration fee:
Early bird prior to July 1: $150
After July 1 and on-site: $200

Registration forms coming soon!

Registration includes continental breakfast for both days and cocktail hour.

College students: $50

For 1 graduate credit: $150

Remote fee: $100

Accommodation details coming soon!


Course Information

7624 Marching Percussion Arranging
3 graduate credits
Tuition: $900, due in full with registration.

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