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December, 20, 2024
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM




John Carroll

John Carroll

Tips to the Non-percussionist Band Director for Teaching Beginning Snare Drum

Clinic Synopsis:

It is important for beginning percussionists to have a great beginning experience, just as it is for wind players. This clinic will describe for the non-percussionist band directors the very basics of snare drum playing, including single strokes, concert (buzz) rolls, double-stroke rolls, flams and drags. The clinic will also include some basic warm-ups for the snare drum section, and how playing snare drum will also help build skills for other instruments.

John Carroll - Biographical Information

John Carroll retired in May, 2023 from the Monahans School District, after a successful career in Texas public school band directing, in both small school and large school environments.  Bands under his direction won many awards, including many Sweepstakes Awards from the University Interscholastic League. Prior to his time in Monahans, he served as Associate Band Director at Permian High School for 27 years, where he served as the director of the Concert Band, the jazz ensemble, and as the percussion specialist. Carroll was the recipient of the Marcia Zoffuto Hero Award (named after a famed Texas band director, who herself grew up at Permian HS) and the 2017 Permian HS Outstanding Master Teacher of the Year Award. He was one of three recipients of the Texas Bandmasters Association Meritorious Achievement Award in 2018. For the year 2021-2022, he was selected as a quarterfinalist for the Grammy Music Educator of the Year.  From 2018-2020, Carroll was the State Band Vice-President for Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). He served as TMEA President from February 2021-February 2022.  Carroll is now serving as a consultant/clinician with several schools in Texas, as well as serving as the head band director at Odessa College.  A graduate of Abilene Christian University and West Texas A&M University, Carroll is also a member of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster Fraternity, the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and the Texas Bandmasters Association. During the summer of 2024, Carroll was inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame.