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Denton High percussion ensemble to perform at National Percussion Festival

The Denton High School varsity percussion ensemble has been invited to perform at the 2016 Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival, presented by Yamaha and organized by Music for All, one of the nation’s most prestigious festivals for school instrumental music ensembles.

The Denton High varsity percussion ensemble is under the direction of Robert Brannock, the school’s assistant director of bands and director of percussion studies. Following an extensive recorded audition process, a judging panel consisting of some of the finest music educators in the United States selected Denton High as one of the top percussion ensembles in the country, extending them an invitation to perform at the 2016 Festival in Indianapolis from March 10-12.

"We are honored to have the talents of our DHS percussion students recognized through their invitation to perform at the National Percussion Festival. Achieving a performance level worthy of the national stage takes considerable preparation and attention to detail,” said Mr. Brannock. “The individual work ethic of our students on this project has been great and was a significant factor in our ability to produce a high quality performance for submission to the Festival. It's been wonderful to work with this group of students, most of who started percussion in sixth grade, and just see what we can do and how far we believe we can go in this activity. They accepted the challenge and we're excited to work on the next chapter together."

Performing at the 25th annual festival places Denton High in the extraordinary position of modeling to the world the results of excellence in achievement and music education. As one of a select group of high school and middle school ensembles chosen for this honor, they will perform in concert, be evaluated by renowned music educators and participate in master classes and special events.

The Denton High percussion program, one of the largest high school percussion programs in Texas, consists of the varsity percussion ensemble, symphonic percussion ensemble, drumline and the world percussion group. Denton High students are part of a comprehensive 6th-12th grade curriculum, including middle school beginning percussion classes and a 7th and 8th grade percussion techniques and ensemble class.

Many percussion students are enrolled in private lessons and have the opportunity to perform with the “Pride of Bronco Country” marching band, wind ensemble, symphonic and concert bands, one of three jazz bands and a full symphony orchestra. In addition to their appearance at the 2016 National Percussion Festival, the Denton High drumline and several student soloists will be performing at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in San Antonio in November, representing Denton at the International competitive level with many of the top high school Drumlines and Percussion Ensembles from around the world.

Denton High varsity percussion ensemble is one of a highly select group of high school and middle school concert bands and percussion ensembles from across the nation selected to perform at the 2016 Festival. Concert bands and percussion ensembles for the 2016 Festival come from Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

For more information, contact Mr. Brannock via email at rbrannock@dentonisd.org. Festival information is available at www.musicforall.org or by calling 800-848-2263.