January 12 2020

Weekly Schedule 1/13/20 – 1/17/20

To start, great job as a whole on region auditions yesterday.  I was pleased with everyone’s performances that I heard (as were the other judges), but more about that tomorrow.

Here’s the plan for next week:

  • Monday, January 13th
    • 1st Block
      • Review weekend results
      • Review Exam Materials
      • Start Percussion Ensemble process
      • Work on Adagio for Strings
    • 2nd Block
      • Review weekend results
      • Review Exam Materials
      • Start Percussion Ensemble Process
      • Work on Adagio for strings
    • After School – Percussion Ensemble Rehearsal
      • 4:00-5:00 – Stool Pigeon (Uzi, Cooper, Kevin, Cecilia, Dominick, JH, EJ, James)
      • 5:00-6:00 – Stained Glass (Cecil, Cooper, JH, David, Matt D., Matt I, Dom, James, Maggie, Brendan, Athan, Kyra)
  • Tuesday, January 14th
    • 1st Block & 2nd Block – TBD
    • After School
      • Concert 2 – 4:00-5:00
      • Concert 1 – 5:00-6:30
  • Wednesday, January 15th
    • 1st Block & 2nd Block: End of Semester Exams
  • Thursday, January 16th – Reverse Schedule
    • 1st Block & 2nd Block – TBD
    • After School – Jazz Band
      • 4:00-5:00 – Varsity Jazz Band
      • 5:00-5:45 – Big Band
      • 5:45-6:30 – Festival Band
  • Friday, January 17th – Early Release
    • 1st Block & 2nd Block – TBD
January 5 2020

Weekly Schedule 1/6/20 – 1/11/20

Here is the plan for the week:

  • Monday, January 6th
    • 1st and 2nd Blocks
      • Welcome Back
      • Information about Region band
      • Review Final Terms
      • Individual Practice
    • After School: Percussion Ensemble Rehearsal after school is cancelled, I will keep bandroom open until 4:45 for individual practice if
  • Tuesday, January 7th, after school – Concert Band Rehearsals
  • Thursday, January 9th, after school – Jazz Band Rehearsals
  • Saturday, January 11th – Region Band Auditions
  • Class Plans for rest of week
    • 1st and 2nd Blocks
      • Individual Practice
      • Buzz Roll Contest
      • Mock Auditions
      • Solo Demonstrations for class
      • Terms Quiz Wednesday
      • Terms Jeopardy! on Thursday
      • Start to pass out percussion ensemble lit

See you tomorrow!


January 2 2020

1/3/20 Audition Workshop

Hey Everybody-

Happy New Year!  Welcome to the Roarin’ 20’s.

We will not be part of the audition workshop tomorrow, Friday January 3rd.  We will cover most everything you all need to take from that workshop in class, so having an additional day with me in front of you seems a little gratuitous.  You are all welcome to come in and practice during the day, although space will be at a premium.  More updates coming this weekend for 1/6/20 – 1/11/20.


November 17 2019

Weekly Schedule 11/18/19 – 11/22/19

This Weeks Overall Schedule:

  • Monday – Individual Practice – Percussion Auditions 4:30-7:00
  • Tuesday – Concert Focus – Concert Band Rehearsals 4:00-5:00, 5:00-6:30, 6:30-8:30
  • Wednesday – Snare – Jazz Band Rehearsals 4:00-6:00
  • Thursday – Mallets
  • Friday – Individual – Terms Test #1
  • Subject Matter for the week
    • Midwest Music
    • Clinic Snare (mm 7 – 10)
    • Clinic Mallet (mm 5 – 11)
    • Senior Snare (mm 8 – 15)
    • Senior Mallet (mm 5 – 11)
    • 4-stroke ruff techniques
    • 7, 15, & 17-Stroke Roll
    • Flam Paradiddle-diddle, Flam Paradiddle, Flam Tap
    • Drag Paradiddle #1 & #2, Single & Double Drag Tap
    • Db Major
    • E Major

Detailed Schedule

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November 10 2019

Weekly Schedule 11/11/19 – 11/16/19

Welcome to the rest of the year.  Here is the breakdown of the week. Please consult Mr Lambert’s Remind for more details.  A lot going on.


This Weeks Overall Schedule:

  • Monday – Snare
  • Tuesday – Mallets – Symphonic Band Rehearsal 5:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Wednesday – Snare
  • Thursday – Individual – Midwest Preview Concert #2 @ 7:00pm
  • Friday – Individual – Symphonic Camp 4:30-7:30
  • Saturday – Symphonic Camp 9 – 12, 1:30 – 5:30
  • Subject Matter for the week
    • Midwest Music
    • Clinic Snare mm. 1 – 6 & mm. 11a – 12a
    • Clinic Mallet mm 1 – 4, mm. 19a – 21a
    • Senior Snare mm. 1-7
    • Senior Solo (mm. 1 – 4, mm. 19a – 21a)
    • 4-stroke ruff techniques
    • 9-Stroke Roll
    • Flam Accent
    • Drag Paradiddle #1
    • D Major
    • A Major

Detailed Schedule

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June 18 2019

Music Rehearsal #2 for 2019 in the Books

Hey Everybody-

Just a note to let you all know that first off, the blog errors are now fixed!  (Thanks edublogs!)

Also, for anyone that has been gone this week, the drumline started working in sub-sections on My Friend’s Normal today, so be sure to refresh your memory on that if you are out of town right now.  Here is the link to the music: My Friend’s Normal.  We’ll have fresh copies for you without the watermark when you get back!

Battery and Pit have gotten a lot of good work done on fundamentals, exercises, and strength building.  We’re looking good, and getting setup for the year!  Getting better everyday.  Here is the video we talked about today:

Ayala Percussion Getting it in…Excuses are never acceptable and the word Can't isnt in our Vocabulary .Gotta Love the Devil Presses

Posted by Ernie Mclaurin on Monday, January 28, 2019


May 29 2019

Summer Schedule and Information for New Members

For all new (and old) members of the Wando Percussion Section, welcome to the start of a new season and school year, even though we’re not quite done with the last one yet.  We have a lot to accomplish this coming year, and it all starts with some good preparation.  To start, we have several summer rehearsals to plan for:

  • June 17th, 18th, & 19th
    • 8:00-12:00 – Rookies & Full Drumline
    • 1:00-5:00 – All
  • July 8th, 9th, & 10th
    • 8:00-12:00 – All
    • 1:00-5:00 – All
  • July 22nd, 23rd, & 24th
    • 8:00-12:00 – All
    • 1:00-5:00 – All
  • Band Camp – August 5th – 9th (Full schedule TBA)
  • Band Camp Week 2 – August 12th – 15th (Full schedule TBA)

Please email me regarding ANY conflicts you have with the summer schedule, whether you are going to Germany, have a birthday party to attend, or if you are sick.  It is very important to come to every rehearsal ready to learn, ready for the heat, and ready for some physical exertion.  Wear lots of sunscreen, and bring water in something like this:

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Lastly, do a lot of preparation on the exercises, and any music that is posted here before that date.  We will go over all the music and exercises as a group, but will be as good as the preparation you all put in beforehand.  Just as a guide, try and have the following exercises down in this order:

  1. 87695
  2. Rap Battle
  3. Wandouble Triple
  4. Triplet Roll (Basses on snare part at first)
  5. Roll Exercise #5
  6. MO
  7. Paradiddles
  8. Sanford Shuffle

All exercises can be found here

Learn music as it gets posted, and we’ll be good to go.  Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions by emailing me Handel@Wandobands.org

Looking forward to the year!


May 9 2019

Summer Drum Set Opportunities

Jazz Band Afficionados, Garageband Wanna-Be’s, Local Rock n Roll Stars-

There are a few awesome opportunities to take advantage of this summer, all through Charleston Jazz.  First, there is a workshop with Terri Lyne Carrington May 29th, and then a Drum Workshop on June 10th with Brandon Brooks and JT Rollerson.

In collaboration with Spoleto Festival USA, we are excited to host Wells Fargo Jazz Series performing artist Terri Lyne Carrington at the Charleston Jazz Academy on May 29, 2019 from 6pm – 7:15pm. At the age of seven, Carrington was given a set of drums that had belonged to her grandfather, and at the age of 11, she received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music. Throughout her extensive touring and recording career, she has worked with luminary artists such as Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz, Dianne Reeves, and many more! Don’t miss this chance to learn from the first female artist to win a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album in this free workshop.

FREE WORKSHOP – Reserve your seat early!  Click here to Register!
For all ages and experience levels.


Find your inspiration by working alongside other drummers to reach new milestones in this encouraging environment.  Students will work with professional drummers, Brandon Brooks and JT Rollerson, to learn the proper techniques, develop various grooves and styles, build confidence, and grow as musicians.

Sign up now! Limited spots available.

Sign up Here! 

Brandon and JT are GREAT drummers!  I thought about signing up, but I am in 27th grade.  Please consider doing one or both of these events, and let me know if there is a financial reason that you are not doing that.  We have things in place that can take care of that!
Let me know if you have any questions, and remember that you need to register, even for the free events!