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The 2018 registration is now open. Pre-registration rates are as follows:
$125 Early Bird Professional Rate
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$155 Pre-conference Professional Rate
Through Dec. 13th
$90 Early Bird First Time Attendee Professional Rate
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$125 First Time Attendee Professional Rate
Through Dec. 13th 

College Student Rate
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Creekwood Middle School Percussion Ensemble

  • The Creekwood Middle School Band from Kingwood, TX has worked hard over the years to develop a reputation for musical excellence. Creekwood Bands consistently receive top ratings at UIL Concert and Sight Reading and Creekwood Beginning Band has placed first and second in the Spring Splashtown Festival in recent years. Creekwood percussion ensemble students all received Superior ratings on their solos at the Humble ISD Solo and Ensemble Festival. Five percussionists auditioned and made it into Region band including 1st and 3rd chair percussion. These students are always in the band hall practicing and their dedication is an inspiration to their peers and their teachers. We are very proud of their accomplishments and we are honored to perform at the 71st Annual Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference.
  • 12/22/2017 02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
  • Creekwood Middle School Percussion Ensemble
  • Ariel Gammons
  • Ariel Gammons has been an assistant band director at Creekwood Middle school and Director of the Percussion Ensemble since 2014. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Applied Music and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music in 2014. In addition to her senior recital and junior duo recital, Ariel had the honor of performing with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Eastman Philharmonia, and the Eastman Percussion Ensemble. She also performed with the Eastman Percussion Ensemble at PASIC in 2013 after the group was named a winner of the international percussion ensemble competition. While at Eastman, she studied under the direction of Michael Burritt, Charles Ross, Bill Cahn, Rich Thompson, and John Beck. Ariel continues to play percussion and piano and has a passion for music education. She directs the second band at Creekwood Middle school and assists the Honors and Concert bands as well as teaching beginning percussion, oboe, bassoon, tuba, and baritone. Her passion for percussion was sparked by middle school percussion ensemble so she started Creekwood Percussion Ensemble to share this experience with her students. Additionally, she maintains a small private lesson studio of high school students. Ariel’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Percussive Arts Society. Her husband is an elementary school music teacher and teaches percussion private lessons. The two enjoy playing music together, spending time with their pets, and exploring Houston.