Advanced Percussion Description

This is a group ensemble course for students who have been playing for a minimum of 2-3 years and can demonstrate mastery of the basic skills of percussion and music reading. This group will perform independently as well as with the Concert Band class. Please contact the instructor if you have questions about whether you qualify. Students will learn advanced percussion techniques on various percussion instruments. Students do not need to own their own instruments but will be expected to have their own drum sticks and a practice pad. Instruments provided: concert snare drums, bass drum, cymbals, vibraphone, marimbas, glockenspiels, marching drum line drums, timpani, and other auxiliary percussion. Students in this ensemble must participate in the MOST trip and are expected to participate in a week-long KEYS Drumline Camp (no charge) at the end of August to prepare for parades during the school year. Students will also perform in KEYS Winter and Spring Concerts.

Textbooks and Supplies

Folding music stand
Drum practice pad
Drum sticks
Black 1-inch 3-ring binder


Recommendation by Mr. Cook or by audition

Class Information

Parents are responsible for purchasing all textbooks and supplies before the first day of class.

KEYS will invoice supply fees at the time of registration and class selection. This fee covers materials, lab supplies, and other expenses incurred by the teacher. It is a one-time fee, transferable until August, but non-refundable.

Please note the grade level for this class. Students younger than the recommended grade levels need special permission before signing up for the class. Please contact the office for more information.

What happens if a class is full? You may email to be waitlisted.

  • Category: Fine Arts
  • Subject: Percussion
  • Days: Tue, Thur
  • Times: 10:30 am-11:25 am
  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Teacher: Aaron Cook
  • Monthly Tuition: $52
  • Supply Fee: $100 (includes use of a 17 piece marching drumline, 5-octave professional quality rosewood marimba, 4-octave xylophone, 4 timpani drums, 2 vibraphones, drumset, and many other percussion instruments; covers repairs and maintenance for above instruments, purchase of mallets and music, and parade entrance fees) Students will also have to pay a $65 MOST trip deposit at the time of registration.