NOVEMBER 10th, 2018
Registration is now open for the 12th annual South Texas Classic! The South Texas Classic will be held at the Brandeis Athletic Field located at 13011 Kyle Seale Pkwy, San Antonio, Texas 78249 on November 10, 2018.
Drumlines can now compete in one of four classifications:
Division I Standstill Blue – competitive groups with 29 or fewer members
Jeff Ausdemore is entering his fourth year as Director of Music at Grapevine-Colleyville’s iUniversity Prep. In this new role, Mr. Ausdemore oversees all music curricula, including music theory music history, music composition/arranging, as well as applied music for all primary and secondary level students. In addition, Mr. Ausdemore has created the iMusic Club, a club dedicated to enriching the lives of all students enrolled at iUniversity Prep.
Prior to this post, Mr. Ausdemore served eleven years as the Director of Percussion Studies at Colleyville Heritage High School. In this expanded role, Mr. Ausdemore served as the percussion coordinator, head of jazz studies, and co-director/composer/arranger of the Colleyville Heritage marching band.
Under Ausdemore’s direction, the Colleyville Heritage High School percussion program flourished, gaining national notoriety through chamber music, guest artist concerts of all genres, recitals, and ensemble competitions. The percussion program has enjoyed competitive success at many levels, including the 2013 and 2014 gold medal for the North Texas Color Guard Association, as well as capturing the 2008 Percussive Arts Society Marching Percussion title. Other accolades include the Percussive Arts Society’s “Call for Tapes” winners, the Percussive Arts Society’s Small Ensemble Champions, the Plano Drum Line Competition marching percussion champions, as well as the Lone Star Drum Line Competition champions.
In Mr. Ausdemore’s first year at CHHS, he launched the GCISD Percussion Club, expanding the students’ musical education and enriching the lives of GCISD middle and high school percussion students throughout the district. The GCISD Percussion Club presented master classes, clinics, solo and ensemble performances by local and regional professionals throughout the north Texas area. The GCISD Percussion Club has produced a record amount of students selected for the GCISD “Select Band”, the Region 24 “All-region Band”, the Region 24 “All Region Jazz Band”, and the Texas “All-State Band”. CHHS is proud to have produced several percussion students who have earned the national title for the Percussive Arts Society’s solo champion on several different percussion instruments as well.
Mr. Ausdemore has featured this unique pedagogical model at many state music conventions throughout the United States, including the 2009 and 2011 Texas Music Educators Association Conventions.
In addition to his teaching duties at Colleyville Heritage High School, Mr. Ausdemore served as the percussion arranger and caption head for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from 2006 through 2010. During Ausdemore’s tenure at the Blue Knights, the percussion program produced several individual solo championships, ensemble championships, and a strong reputation for excellence, placing in the elite “top 12” in the Drum Corps International Championships consistently.
Prior to his appointment to CHHS, Mr. Ausdemore taught at the University of Texas Arlington, as adjunct professor of percussion. In this role, Ausdemore served as the percussion arranger/assistant director of the UTA Marching Band, taught percussion pedagogy/techniques classes, assisted the UTA percussion ensemble, and maintained a full private studio as well.
Mr. Ausdemore’s performance background includes section and solo performances with several orchestras, wind ensembles, and percussion ensembles throughout the mid west and southwest United States, including the principal percussionist with the Texas Wind Symphony, and principal percussionist/assistant principal timpanist with the Las Cruces Symphony.
In 1995, Ausdemore recorded/toured with Benson Records recording artists Nouveaux, compiling three #1 singles on the CCM music charts between 1995 and 1999. While living in Nashville, Ausdemore participated in many recording sessions, both commercial and proprietary albums.
As a clinician, Mr. Ausdemore has given performances, clinics and workshops throughout the U.S. at several Percussive Arts Society’s “Days of Percussion”, including Arizona, Tennessee, New Mexico, California, Arkansas, Utah, Colorado, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Columbus, Ohio 2002, Indianapolis Indiana 2009, 2011) and the International Horn Society Convention (Beijing, China 2000). Ausdemore has served as a featured clinician at the 2009 and 2011 Texas Music Educator’s Association Conference as well.
In addition to teaching/performing, Mr. Ausdemore has composed/arranged, instructed and consulted with numerous Drum Corps International drum and bugle corps, college marching bands, and high school marching bands throughout the United States, including the Blue Knights, Cavaliers, Phantom Regiment, Limited Edition, Northern Aurora, and Southwind.
Ausdemore has served as music director/composer for the Insignia Independent Percussion Ensemble. The Insignia Independent Percussion Ensemble participated in the Winter Guard International circuit locally and regionally, winning the 2004 NTCA gold medal in their inaugural season.
Jeff Ausdemore is proud to endorse and serve as a clinician for Dynasty/Bergerault Musical Instruments, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads, and Pro Mark sticks and mallets. The D’Addario/Pro Mark corporation released the Jeff Ausdemore “signature series” snare drum sticks in early fall of 2009.
Mr. Ausdemore’s professional affiliations include adjudication roles for Drum Corps International, Winter Guard International, a marching percussion committee member for the Percussive Arts Society, the Texas Music Educator’s Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, and currently serves as the current Vice President of Percussion and Winds on the executive board of the North Texas Color Guard Association.
Mr. Ausdemore holds a Master of Music degree with distinction from New Mexico State University (2002), as well as Bachelor of Music degree with high honors from Belmont University (1999).
Jeff was recently inducted into the North Texas Colorguard Association’s Hall of Fame in 2016 for his role as VP of Percussion and Winds, and his work and contributions to the circuit at large.
Jeff Ausdemore lives in Bedford, TX with his wife, Pam Ausdemore. In addition to Pam’s pageantry background with the Phantom Regiment, Southwind drum and bugle corps and the Pride of Cincinnati winterguard, Pam is a phenomenal art teacher at Sendera Ranch Elementary School in Northwest ISD. They have been married since May of 2012.
Bill Bachman, born October 24, 1973 in Pasadena, Maryland, is a drummer, percussionist, educator, author and inventor, best known for being a hand technique guru and drum corps specialist.
Bachman 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.
Throughout his career, Bill Bachman has presented 200+ drum clinics as well as numerous drum festival performances on five continents. He is also an in demand judge, judging countless marching band and indoor drumline contests in the US and internationally. As a private lesson instructor, Bill teaches at Lonestar Percussion in Dallas, as well as many students worldwide through live internet feeds via Skype. He also has his own instructional website — Drumworkout.com — where he demonstrates the best way to workout your hands, improve you technique and “practice with a pro”.
As an author, Bachman has a number of drum instructional books including Rudimental Logic, Quad Logic, and Bass Logic which have become part of the curriculum in countless high schools and colleges. He is also the producer of the instructional drum DVD’s, Rudimental Beatsand 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 Drummer published 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. Here are a few of the innovations that Bill brought to the table: thinner thicknesses of gum rubber to better approximate Mylar and Kevlar heads, Quadpads set up to scale with the real drums featuring normal and scrape playing areas, Mylar laminates for maximum articulation and realistic feel, a bass pad for bass drummers and the Exactopad for precision training.
Bill also designed his unique Vic Firth signature “Billy Club” drumstick for tenor drummers. This tenor stick is the first of its kind using the very dense Sta-Pac wood, the stick combines the projection and maneuverability of a mallet with the quickness and rimshot ability of a snare stick.
Most recently Bill introduced the Remote Speedy Hat. The remote speedy hat is designed to replace your standard hi hat stand so that you no longer need to cross over to play the hi hats which frees up your left hand. 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.
Lauren Teel is currently the Adjunct Instructor of Percussion for the University of North Alabama, Adjunct Instructor of Percussion for the University of Montevallo and the Percussion Caption Head for the DCI World Class Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps. She also works with the WGI Finalist Center Grove Indoor Drum Line in Greenwood, IN and is a member of the Educational team for DoubleStop Percussion in Birmingham, AL.
Lauren earned her Masters of Music in Percussion Performance at Indiana University and her Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas. Her studies have allowed her to train with renowned percussionists including Kevin Bobo, Steve Houghton, Michael Spiro, Paul Rennick, John Tafoya, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, She-E Wu, Robert Schietroma and Ed Smith.
During her time at Indiana University she was a member of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music New Music Ensemble, principal percussionist of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Wind Ensemble and a member of the University’s Percussion Ensemble. She competed as a semi-finalist in the 2015 Great Plains Marimba Competition in Oklahoma City, OK.
In 2012, Lauren had the privilege of traveling to Chennai, India to perform for an audience of over 75,000 people with Oscar winning composer, A.R. Rahman. Lauren also appeared in the 2013 blockbuster, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, as a timpanist. While living in Atlanta, Lauren performed as a member of the NFL Atlanta Falcons Drum Line.
While attending the University of North Texas, Lauren was a member of the 17-time PAS National Champion University of North Texas Indoor Drum Line. In 2008, the group won first place at PASIC and in 2011 they traveled to Europe for a special guest performance at the 2011 IPE Championships. She was a four year member of the renowned 2 O’Clock Steel Pan Band as a lead player, a member of the UNT Percussion Ensemble, and a member of the UNT Symphonic Band under the direction of Dennis Fisher.
Lauren has extensive DCI experience as a member of two top twelve drum corps. She was a member of the 2009 and 2010 DCI World Class Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, which received the 2010 Fred Stanford Award for high percussion, and of the 2011 Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps. Both drum corps were under the instruction of Paul Rennick.
Lauren is a proud endorser of Marimba One, Innovative Percussion, and Remo Drum Heads. In her spare time, Lauren pursues her other passion of working with animals by volunteering at the Georgia Aquarium and Indianapolis Zoo, and with ICAN as a certified service dog trainer. She is also an avid swimmer, trained lifeguard and certified scuba diver.
Brian Perez is currently the Percussion Director for Klein Cain High School in Houston, TX. Brian has been an active educator in the Houston area for the last 16 years, including Dekaney HS, The Woodlands HS, The Woodlands College Park HS, Clear Brook HS, Pearland HS and Klein HS. He has also served as the Associate Director of Bands / Marching Band Director of the Nimitz HS band (2010-2012). Brian received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Houston.
Brian has been on the percussion staff at several top drum corps. Currently, he is on staff with The Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. Perez has also been on staff with The Cadets (2012-16), Santa Clara Vanguard (2005), Cavaliers (2006-09) and Madison Scouts (2010-11). He has also taught WGI indoor groups such as Clear Brook High School, working alongside Christopher Retschulte as the 2005 Winter Guard International Open Class Competition.