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December, 20, 2022
12:15 PM - 01:15 PM


W 184


High School Percussion Ensemble


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Louis Boldrighini

Performer Details

Performer Bio Synopsis

Glenda Dawson HS Percussion Ensemble Directors: Louis Boldrighini, Aaron Brown, Emelia Johnston, Domonique McCray. The Glenda Dawson Band program has approximately 300 members of which 32 are percussion students. These percussion students are involved in variety of other activities such as different fine arts classes, athletics, and UIL academic teams. The Dawson Percussion Ensemble performs a wide range of music across all genres of percussion ensemble literature. These works include; classical chamber music, large percussion orchestral works, novelty ensembles, holiday ensembles, world percussion music, contemporary arrangements, original percussion compositions as well as marching percussion music. The Dawson Percussion program earned the Mark of Excellence-Foundation of Music Education National Percussion Honors Award for 2021 and in 2019, the ensemble was awarded Best in Class at the Shadow Creek Percussion Ensemble Festival. The Dawson Percussion Ensemble was selected as the Texas Music Educators Association Invited Percussion Ensemble at the 2022 TMEA Clinic/Convention. All members participate in the TMEA All State audition process, as well as solo and ensemble contest, percussion concerts and band UIL preparation during the Spring semester. The percussion students study with the top private teachers and percussion consultants from the Houston area.

Glenda Dawson HS Percussion Ensemble

Conductor's Bio

Louis Boldrighini was named Director of Percussion/Associate Band Director for Glenda Dawson High School in Pearland ISD in 2020. He also serves as the percussion specialist for Berry Miller Junior High, Pearland Junior High South, Sam Jamison Middle School, and Rogers Middle School. Mr. Boldrighini is a native of Mansfield, Massachusetts, and earned his Bachelor’s of Music Education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. During his time at UMass, he studied percussion with Thomas Hannum, Peter Tanner, and William Hanley. Louis pursued graduate work at Texas Tech University with Alan Shinn and later at the University of Houston with Marvin Sparks. During his 30-year career, Mr. Boldrighini has worked with numerous successful high school band programs including Westfield, Richland, Dulles, Jersey Village, Clear Lake, Manvel, Angleton, and McCamey. All of these band programs were consistent UIL Sweepstakes recipients and both the Westfield and the Richland bands were BOA finalists and BOA Grand National participants. He is honored to have taught at Nolan Ryan Junior High, North Ridge Junior High, North Richland Junior High, and Space Center Intermediate, all of whom were TMEA Honor band finalists. Mr. Boldrighini was on staff at Dulles Junior High School when they were selected to perform at the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle, Washington. In 2015, the Manvel High Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Boldrighini was selected to perform at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and Convention in Chicago. In addition, Dawson High School, Manvel High School, and Nolan Ryan Junior High Percussion Ensembles were awarded The Foundation for Music Education National Mark of Excellence Percussion Honors Award. While under Mr. Boldrighini’s leadership, many of his students have also earned TMEA All-Region and All-State Band or Orchestra honors. Mr. Boldrighini launched his performance career in 1981 by joining the Defenders Drum and Bugle Corps. He began marching in the snare line with the Garfield Cadets in 1984, earning consecutive DCI World Championship titles in 1984 and 1985, and then moved on to join their percussion staff in 1986. In 1987, the Garfield Cadets earned another DCI World Championship and an unprecedented perfect score High Percussion Award. He has also been on staff for the Casper Wyoming Troopers and the Sky Riders Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Boldrighini is an active freelance musician and performer in the Houston area and can be seen with the local Houston bands, Clouseaux, Shapeshifters, and Tight’n Up. He has also had the privilege of performing with the late Joseph Jackson, Terreon "Tank" Gully, Joe Gallardo, Randy Brecker, and Paquito D'Rivera. Mr. Boldrighini is an active member of TMEA, TBA, and PAS. He is an Educational Artist with Innovative Percussion and is a clinician and adjudicator in Texas, having presented clinics at both TMEA and TBA. The Boldrighini family: Louis, Susan - a retired music educator, Kyra - a recent college graduate, and Dylan - a recent graduate from Dawson HS, currently lives in Pearland.

Additional Directors

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Aaron Brown

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Dominique McCray