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TCU Percussion Festival

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April 9, 2022

The new TCU Music Center

The goal of the TCU Percussion Festival is to promote percussion education and performance in Fort Worth and the greater Dallas/Fort Worth region. The Festival will offer performance opportunities for concert percussion ensembles and soloists, as well as clinics and other educational experiences.

Performance slots

  • 30-minute time slot ($275) or 45-minute time slot ($300)
  • Schools will perform and receive a clinic from one of the clinicians during the remainder of the time slot
  • Please plan out your time block, allowing for setup, performance, and receiving feedback from our clinicians
  • A five-minute transition period will be allotted between each performance to assist with logistics.

Divisions (depending on the makeup of the entries) may be broken down into:

  • Advanced Large Division (8 or more performers)
  • Advanced Small Division (7 or fewer performers)
  • Intermediate Large Division (8 or more performers)
  • Intermediate Small Division (7 or fewer performers)

(Intermediate categories are intended for developing programs and “2nd band” students of stronger groups)

  • Middle School / Junior High
  • Non-competitive – written comments and clinic only


  • Large instruments provided by TCU (a specific instrument list will be provided at a later time)
  • Schools must provide their own accessories and smaller instruments

Individuals may reserve a 10-minute time slot ($20) and perform for critique in any of the following categories:

  • Concert snare
  • Keyboard percussion (marimba, vibe, xylophone)
  • Timpani
  • Multi-percussion
  • Marching snare or tenor
  • Drumset

Each ensemble and soloist will receive written comment sheets.
After their performance, ensembles will receive a clinic in the remainder of their performance time slot.
Soloists will receive a critique at the end of their performance.
The day may also contain other clinics and educational opportunities pending schedules and availability.

During the registration process, all ensembles and soloists may choose to participate in the competitive aspect of the festival or not.  If you choose non-competitive, you will still receive written comments and a clinic/critique after your performance.

High Schools will perform in either the Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU or Ed Landreth Auditorium on the TCU campus.  Pending the number of ensembles attending and space availability, middle school ensembles may perform in the new TCU Music Center Band Room.

The TCU Percussion Ensembles will perform an evening concert with guest artist Guerin Williams on drumset.
There will be an awards ceremony after the TCU concert with the top scoring ensemble pieces (in each category) and an outstanding soloist recognized, as well as a Grand Champion highest overall ensemble score of the day.

Percussion Ensembles – please register here:
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Soloists – please register here:
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Ensembles and/or Soloists – please pay here:
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Performance slots will be confirmed after payment is received.

In the event you have to cancel your registration, please submit written notification to Cancellation requests received fifteen days before the festival will receive a full refund. After that date, you will be charged a $50.00 cancellation fee for ensembles and $5.00 for solos. There are no refunds for “no shows.”

Professional audio and video recordings (separate) of each school’s performance will be provided.

RECORDINGS PROVIDED BY TCU ARE FOR ARCHIVAL PURPOSES ONLY! A mechanical or synchronization license must be obtained if you intend to distribute, post, etc. TCU and its recording contractors are not responsible if you choose to distribute these recordings without a mechanical license.

Ensembles participating must furnish TWO (2) sets of original scores, and soloists must furnish ONE (1) original of the piece you will be performing, with the measures numbered on each piece to be performed. Duplication of published scores is not acceptable without written permission from the copyright holder. If original scores are not provided, ensembles may still perform but will not be adjudicated or considered for a division award.

We prefer you only perform published music you have purchased. If you are performing an arrangement of a copyrighted song, you will need to prove that you have permission for the arrangement. If proof is not available at the site, TCU and our recording contractors will not produce archival recordings.

Please note current TCU COVID19 policy requires all individuals to wear face coverings while indoors.

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Photo of Dr. EldridgeDr. Andrew Eldridge is the Assistant Professor of Percussion and Coordinator of Percussion at the University of Texas at Arlington. Under his direction, the UTA Percussion Ensemble was selected to present the New Literature Session at the 2017 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). The ensemble also performed a Showcase Concert at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) annual convention in February 2017. Dedicated to contributing new repertoire to the percussion ensemble art form, the UTA Percussion Ensemble continues to commission music and give world premieres. The most recent projects include a world premiere of Cody Holmes’s “Remnants,” as well as a commission and world premiere from composers Nathan Daughtrey and Francisco Perez.

Andrew serves on the Percussion Ensemble Committee for the Percussive Arts Society. He served a three-year term on the Lone Star Wind Orchestra Board of Directors and has performed with the group as a section percussionist since 2009. Andrew presented clinics on crowd-funding at the 2013 Midwest Clinic and 2014 Texas Music Educators Association annual convention, and recently presented a clinic called “Launching the MIDI Controller into the Music Curriculum” at the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association annual convention.

An avid performer of new music, Andrew has individually commissioned and given the world premieres of music written for percussion by Doug Bush, Kyle Kindred, Dwayne Rice, Martin Blessinger, Ryan George, and David Maslanka. Most recently, Andrew was selected to perform in recitals for the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and the College Music Society.

Photo of Dr. WestDr. Brian A. West is Professor of Music and the Division Chair/Coordinator of Percussion at Texas Christian University. Under his direction, TCU was named a winner in the 2019, 2015, 2011, 2008, and 2005 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competitions. Prior to coming to TCU, Dr. West served as the Director of Percussion Studies at Texas A&M University-Commerce, a winner of the 2000 PAS International Percussion Ensemble Competition.

Dr. West’s passion for the percussion ensemble has led to commissioning/premiering over forty new works for this medium. Additionally, he is the Executive Producer of four percussion ensemble CDs. Within the Percussive Arts Society, Dr. West currently serves as the Chair of the Percussion Ensemble Committee.  Dr. West has conducted/performed in Hawaii, Italy, Spain, England, France, Australia, and Taiwan.  He is an active performer, clinician, composer/arranger, and adjudicator for a variety of percussive events.  Dr. West works as a clinician/artist for Innovative Percussion, Yamaha, Remo, Marimba One, and Sabian.

About Our Guest Artist

Photo of Guerin WilliamsGuerin Williams is a freelance musician and educator. He was born in Austin, Texas, grew up in Fort Worth, attended Crowley High School, and graduated from Texas Christian University. Guerin earned a bachelor’s degree in music education with an emphasis in percussion in 2011. Upon graduation, he worked as a freelance musician, private lesson instructor, drumline instructor, and played in a touring rock band.

Guerin joined the U.S. army in 2013 and worked as a drummer in the I Corps Army Band at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Seattle Seahawks’ Blue Thunder Drumline, and the 323rd Army Band at Fort Sam Houston from 2016-2019. He continued work as a freelance musician and educator during his tenure in Washington and Texas.

In 2019, Guerin won a position in the West Point Band as the drummer for the Benny Havens Band. He currently lives in New York where he continues to perform as a freelance musician. Guerin has a wife and a beautiful daughter who reminds him that nothing is more important that his faith and his family.

Guerin joined the SABIAN Cymbals and SABIAN Education family in 2020 but has played SABIAN Cymbals since the 8th grade.

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