Registration is now open for the 11th Annual South Texas Classic!
The 11th annual South Texas Classic will be held at the Brandeis Athletic Field located at 13011 Kyle Seale Pkwy, San Antonio, Texas 78249.
Bret graduated with a Bachelors degree from Northeast Missouri State University where he studied percussion with Dan Petersen. He was a member of the Disney World All-American Band in 1980 and then in 1981 became a member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.
When first moving to Chicago, Bret was a freelance drum-set artist and has performed with Rich Matteson, Bobby Shew, Gloria Estefan and Nexus.
Bret began teaching the World Champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 1984 and served as Caption Head as well as Percussion Arranger through 2005. During this tenure, they won 6 World Championships and 5 High Percussion Awards. In 2005, after retiring from the Cavaliers, he joined the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps as a design and percussion consultant. In 2010, he served as Program Coordinator for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently consulting with Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.
Bret is the Percussion Coordinator for the Prospect High School music program from Mt. Prospect, Illinois. He is also a consultant for various high schools around the country including LD Bell High School from Hurst, Texas. Bret has also taught the Oklahoma State Centennial Band who performed in the 2007 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.
He is an active Percussion Arranger/Clinician for various colleges and High Schools both across the nation and abroad. These include Northern Illinois University and Arizona State University. Bret consulted and worked with the Texas State Indoor Percussion ensemble from San Marcos, Texas who competed at the 2006 PASIC Convention.
Bret arranges for two of the top marching groups in Japan. One is Aimachi from Nagoya, Japan who were the 2006 Champion’s at the All Japan Championships. The other group, Vivace, is a semi-professional all girl marching band from Tokyo, Japan.
He was also a guest performer and composed an original percussion ensemble entitled “Renegade Highway” for the Plano East High School who performed at a Showcase Concert at the 2006 Percussive Arts International Convention held in Austin, Texas. Bret has written articles for publication in Percussive Notes Magazine and currently serves on the Board of Directors for PAS.
As a clinician, Bret has traveled extensively across the United States, Japan and Europe presenting clinics for Yamaha, Zildjian, Remo and Innovative Percussion. If you wish to contact Bret regarding clinics, arranging or commissioning a percussion ensemble go to http://www.bretkuhnmusic.com or email him at email@example.com.
In the world of rudimental drumming Bill Bachman needs no introduction. He is not only a prolific author, world class performer, clinician and educator, but also an inventor and touring/recording drumset artist.
Bill studied percussion performance at the University of North Texas and is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. He has played with and instructed many award winning marching percussion groups including the UNT drumline, Cadets, Bluecoats, Blue Knights, and Carolina Crown in his 12 years touring with Drum and Bugle Corps. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society’s Health and Wellness committee and Modern Drummer magazine’s education team where he was recently nominated in the 2015 reader’s poll under the “clinician/educator” category. He has presented hundreds of drum clinics and drum festival performances on five continents over the last fifteen years as a clinician for Remo, Vic Firth, Zildjian, and Row-Loff Productions.
He is author of Row-Loff’s drum instructional books Rudimental Logic, Quad Logic, and Bass Logic which have become part of the curriculum in countless high schools and colleges, and the producer of the instructional drum DVD’s,Rudimental Beats and Reefed Beats. Bill is also a columnist for Modern Drummer magazine and the author of the book Stick Technique, an Essential Guide for the Modern Drummerpublished through Modern Drummer and distributed through Hal Leonard.
As an inventor, Bill designed Vic Firth’s Heavy Hitter Pad series – a wildly successful product that set the standard for the practice pad industry, his unique Vic Firth signature “Billy Club” drumstick for tenor drummers which combines the projection and maneuverability of a mallet with the quickness and rimshot ability of a snare stick, and his patented “Remote Speedy Hat” which alleviates the need to cross over to play the hi hats. The Remote Speedy Hi-Hat’s patent pending design virtually eliminates friction and lets the hi hat cymbals both react and recoil instantly unlike all of the other remote cable hats on the market.
Most recently Bill launched DrumWorkout.com, a website packed full of lessons, his “Extreme Hands Makeover” and workout videos where subscribers can practice along with Bill while seeing everything demonstrated and getting coaching along the way.
Bill is the drummer for the progressive rock band Spoke of Shadows, has toured with progressive rock artist Neal Morse, and he freelances in the Dallas area. He teaches worldwide through live internet feeds via Skype, as well as locally in Dallas.
Alan Miller currently lives in the Denton, TX where he serves as Program Coordinator, Wind and Percussion Arranger and Assistant Percussion Director for Guyer High School, as well as working as an arranger for many bands and indoor percussion ensembles throughout the country.
Alan is one of two percussion arrangers/composers for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. He has been teaching the front ensemble since 2002 and was the staff coordinator for the corps from 2012-2015.
Alan is currently the sole arranger/composer for Cavaliers Indoor Percussion (formerly Green Thunder Percussion), a WGI Independent World Class finalist. Prior to that he served as Music Director for Metro Alliance Indoor (2005-2007) and as the front ensemble arranger for Gateway Percussion (2012).
Alan has arranged both battery and pit music for several Texas state marching band finalist bands including Coppell High School, Dripping Springs High School and Flower Mound High School. Alan has also arranged for groups outside of Texas and has presented clinics throughout much of the United States, as well as in Japan.
Alan attended and received his bachelor’s degree from West Texas A & M University, where he studied percussion with Dr. Susan Tariq and conducting with Dr. Gary Garner.
Alan is an Innovative Percussion educational artist and is published through Tapspace and Drop6.