Jefferson BANDS

percussion

*Important Update*

Beginning in the Fall of 2018, our percussion students will be assigned to one of three ability-based percussion classes for the entire school year. Students assigned to the classes below will enjoy a percussion-rich curriculum that focuses on techniques and skills required to be a successful percussionist. Students will still be involved with our concert bands throughout the year, and will be allowed to participate in our many extra-curricular offerings.

Beginning percussion

Directors: Matt Finger

Semesters: 2 (Fall and Spring)

Prerequisite: Audition and permission of Director of Bands

Additional Recommendations: 2-3 years of middle school percussion experience.

Beginning Percussion is a basic percussion class consisting of primarily freshmen and developing percussionists at Jefferson High School. Students in this class have at least 2-3 years of experience in the middle school.

The class stresses the basic skills of technical development, rhythmic and melodic reading, and musical development for future placement in one of several concert bands. Principal focus is given to the snare drum, mallets, and timpani.

Students from this class will be divided among concert bands, and may also have the opportunity to perform in IPA Festival events and other scheduled concerts.

Intermediate percussion

Directors: Matt Finger

Semesters: 2 (Fall and Spring)

Prerequisite: Audition and permission of Director of Bands

Additional Recommendations: 2-3 years of middle school percussion experience. Most students also have high school experience.

Intermediate Percussion is a percussion class consisting of developing percussionists at Jefferson High School. Students in this class have at least 2-3 years of experience in the middle school, and most will have played at the high school for at least one year, or more.

The class stresses the intermediate skills of technical development, rhythmic and melodic reading, and musical development for future placement in one of several concert bands. Principal focus is given to the snare drum, mallets, and timpani.

Students in this class will generally form the percussion section for the Jefferson High School Symphonic Band, but may be divided among other ensembles, and and may have other class performance opportunities throughout the year.

Advanced Percussion

Directors: Matt Finger

Semesters: 2 (Fall and Spring)

Prerequisite: Audition and permission of Director of Bands

Additional Recommendations: 2-3 years of middle school percussion experience. Most students also have had significant High School experience.

Advanced Percussion is an advanced class consisting of primarily upperclassmen who have shown exceptional talent and promise as percussion students. In addition to middle school training, most of the students in this class will have received several years of high school experience, as well..

The class focuses on advanced techniques related to technical development, rhythmic and melodic reading, and musical development. Principal focus is given to the snare drum, mallets, and timpani.

Students in this class will generally form the percussion section for the Jefferson High School Wind Ensemble, and and may have other class performance opportunities throughout the year.


Winter percussion ensembles

Directors: Matt Finger and Devin Yoder

Percussion students may choose to participate in one of two Winter Percussion ensembles, both of which compete in the Indiana Percussion Association's "Scholastic Concert" Class. Students in these extracurricular ensembles rehearse after school, several times a week, beginning in December, and compete regularly from February through late March.

Students are placed in each ensemble based on audition and the recommendation of the Director of Percussion.

bucket line

Directors: Matt Finger

The Jefferson Bucket line is an extension of the Show Band, which performs at home basketball games at Jefferson High School. Percussion students use 5-gallon buckets to learn and perform various rhythmic patterns and world grooves. The Buckets have also been seen at Mosey Down Main and other community events.