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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.


Festival Schedule and Program

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 – Registration is now closed.

Soloists – Registration is now closed.

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.


Ben Maughmer is in his twelfth year as associate director of bands at L.D. Bell high school. His duties include teaching percussion and wind band at the high school and teaching beginner classes on both Bedford, and Hurst junior high campuses.

Ben worked for seventeen years teaching in the Birdville Independent School District, the last 11 years of which were Associate Director of Bands at Haltom High School, located in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. Under his direction the Haltom High School Percussion Ensemble won the 2004 Percussive Arts Society International call for tapes contest and performed a showcase concert at the 2004 PASIC convention in Nashville Tennessee. In 2019 the L.D Bell chamber percussion ensemble won 1st place in the PAS chamber ensemble contest held at PASIC.

As a performer and instructor Ben has accumulated thirty-five years of drum corps experience, ten DCI world championships, and four Fred Sanford high percussion titles. Ben is in his sixteenth year teaching the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps, where he coordinates the music ensemble for the corps and assists with the instruction of the percussion section. Prior to joining the Blue Devils instructional staff in the fall of 2005, Ben served on the instructional staff of the Bluecoats from 2003-2005, the Cavaliers from 2001-2003 and Blue Knights from 1992-1998.

He earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of North Texas where he performed with the world champion U.N.T. drum line for three years and served on the instructional staff for three years.

Ben is an Educational Artist for Ludwig-Musser, and is sponsored by  Pro-Mark drumsticks, Evans drumheads, System Blue, and Zildjian Cymbals. His professional affiliations have included, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Band Masters, and the Percussive Arts Society. He is an active clinician, judge and arranger in the United States, Japan and China for marching band and Drum Corps. In 2013 Ben traveled to China to serve as a judge and clinician at the 16th Annual Beijing Students Arts Festival. In 2016 Ben traveled to Beijing on a clinic tour where he gave twenty-two clinics in eleven days including training for the top marching programs in the city as well as the Peoples Liberation Army and Navy percussionists.

Ben served on the staff of Metro Alliance Indoor Percussion Ensemble. He has served as a  judge in the indoor percussion circuits NTCA, TCGC, MEPA, IPA, RMPA, MIA, NWAPA, and WGPO.

Ben lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with his wife Maya and their four children, Bianca (21), Benjamin (18), Phoebe (16), and Theodore (14).


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.


Kennan Wylie holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. He was an adjunct professor of percussion at University of Arlington for ten years and is currently the Director of Percussion Studies at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas.

Under his direction over the past 30 years, the Marcus group has received national acclaim both on and off the field, including ten national championship titles at the P.A.S.I.C. Marching Competition. The drumline was part of five Texas State U.I.L. Marching Band Championships and earned top percussion in 2021.  Marcus H.S. also won the 1999, 2003, and 2011 P.A.S. “Call for Tapes”. The percussion ensembles have performed at the 2006 and 2018 Midwest clinic and were selected as the 2020 Texas Honor Percussion Ensemble.

Wylie is active as a performer, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the country. He has presented clinics at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the Midwest International Band Conference, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He served as president of the Texas Percussive Arts Society from 2011 – 2017. Wylie is the author of the newly released Hal Leonard Complete Drum Set Method. Mr. Wylie is an educational endorser for Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Co., Innovative Percussion, D’Addario, and Yamaha Corporation.


Joey Carter is active as a vibraphonist, drum set artist, percussionist, pianist, organist, and arranger. He performs regularly as a piano soloist, with his own trio or quintet, the local artist Johnny Reno, and as a freelance and recording session musician.   He has been a featured soloist at the Umbria Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Pori Jazz Festival, the Honolulu Jazz Festival, and festivals in Copenhagen, Salzburg, Verbier, and Budapest. Joey has appeared in concert with Peter Erskine, Randy Brecker, Cedar Walton, Chris Valdala, Ed Shaunessy, Alex Iles, Marvin Stamm, and many others. Joey is a member of and composer for the original jazz group Bertha Coolidge which won Album of the Year (Live at the Caravan of Dreams 030201 in 2002), best Jazz Group (2003, 2004), Best Live Show (2008), and was inducted into in the Fort Worth Weekly music Hall of Fame in 2018. Joey has arranged music for movies (including Spy Kids 3D), drum lines, big bands, musicals, and many popular music projects.

Joey has taught music theory, ear training, jazz history, jazz ensemble, jazz improvisation, and private lessons in percussion and jazz piano at Texas Christian University since the fall of 2000. He received his Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance at Texas Christian University in May of 2000 and a B.M.E. from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1991.


Seth McConnell is the principal timpanist of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2013. He can be heard on several albums released by the FWSO under the labels Harmonia Mundi and MSR Classics. Seth has performed with the Baltimore, Dallas, San Antonio and San Francisco Symphonies, as well as the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. He is a founding member of the Caminos Del Inka Ensemble, which performs traditional, classical, and contemporary music, based on the culture and history of South America. A native New Yorker, he holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and Purchase Conservatory. Seth is a proud endorser of Pearl/Adams, Remo, and Luft Mallets, and is an active clinician and educator in the North Texas area.


Nick Sakakeeny joined the FWSO in 2018 as Assistant Principal Timpanist and Percussionist. He enjoys performing in a variety of settings, and has worked with ensembles and individuals including the International Contemporary Ensemble, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Steve Reich. A native of Oberlin, OH, Nick attended the Manhattan School of Music for his undergraduate studies before completing his master’s degree at Northwestern University. His teachers have included Marc Damoulakis, Duncan Patton, Christopher Lamb, and She-e Wu. As a student, he attended the Round Top Festival Institute, National Orchestral Institute, Eastern Music Festival, and Tanglewood Music Center.


Cara Wildman is a well-respected percussionist, pianist, dancer, and bodhrán player from Dorchester, TX. Cara’s talents have led her to perform in a variety of musical ensembles and genres around the world including in Puerto Rico, Argentina, Mexico, Ireland, Canada and across the United States. She has performed with Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps, Celtic Thunder, The Irish Memory Orchestra, Joanie Madden, Irish Christmas in America and Donal Lunny. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from Texas Christian University, and a second Master’s in Irish Traditional Music Performance from the University of Limerick in Ireland. Cara has studied with bodhrán greats Jim Higgins, Eamon Murray, Martin O’Neil, Cormac Byrne, Colm Murphy, Colm Phelan, and Junior Davey, among others.

Cara’s playing has garnered international accolades including winning the 2016, 2018, and 2019 Senior Bodhrán Champion for the Limerick and Midwest Fleadhanna, and placing 1st at the 2021 All-Ireland Fleadh Fest—the first American ever to win this category. Donal Lunny described her playing as having “great taste…as an artist she can be immersed in her playing while retaining perspective on its contribution to the music. The development of the bodhrán is an exciting work in progress. I think Cara is at the front edge of this development…”


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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