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The 2016 registration is now open. Pre-registration rates are as follows:
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"Idle Hands Are The Devil's Workshop" - Strategies to Keep Your Percusion Students Engaged, Improving and Involved

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  • Okay, so that saying may be a little extreme but many directors can feel that way when their percussion students are “bored”. Frank Chapple will present rehearsal techniques, strategies, pedagogy and curriculum that will not only keep percussion students busy but will enable them to contribute and excel. Instead of the percussion students being a “necessary evil” in your band program, turn them into a positive force of musically talented and responsible students.
  • Frank Chapple (fechapple4@verizon.net)
  • 12/14/2016 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
  • Meeting Room W181
  • Frank Chapple has been a Texas Band Director for 18 years and 12 years as the Feeder Pattern Percussion Director at Keller High School. He is responsible for the education of all percussion students at Keller HS, Keller MS, Indian Springs MS, Bear Creek Int. School, and South Keller Int. School. He also directs the Keller High School Jazz Bands. Mr. Chapple has been a performer and educator within the Drum Corps International community since 1990. After four years as a marching member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, Frank spent the next twenty years teaching with The Phantom Regiment, The Glassmen, The Crossmen, Carolina Crown, and The Madison Scout Drum Corps. In 2015, Frank released his fundamentals-based percussion curriculum, The Packet, and was an invited clinician at the 2015 Texas Bandmasters Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Frank graduated Cum Laude from Northern Illinois University and is a member of TBA, TMEA, PAS, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia as well as a sponsored educator of Remo, Inc., Dynasty/DEG and the Vic Firth Company.
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