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DS Drumline Invitational

The Dripping Springs Band Program will sponsor its Annual Drumline Contest, Thunder In The Hills, on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Dripping Springs ISD Tiger Stadium. Now in our 6th successful year, the Dripping Springs contest has become a permanent fixture in Texas outdoor percussion events. Our last event included nineteen 4A and 5A high school drumlines from throughout Texas, and audience attendance exceeded expectations once again as word has spread about this outstanding competition. Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to ensuring the contest is an exceptional experience for all. Please join us in September, and check this website often as we continue to plan for our next competition. The deadline for entering this year's Thunder in the Hills contest is Friday, September 5, 2014.

Keith Lancaster, DSISD Band Director

2014 Thunder in the Hills Contest Results

2014 TITH Contest Results

Congrats to all the winners, and thanks to all competitors - see you next year!

Location and Participation Details

Location: Dripping Springs Tiger Stadium, 111 Tiger Lane, Dripping Springs, TX
Audience Entry Fee: $7 general admission; $5 students/seniors
Complimentary passes are provided for directors, pit crew, and drivers.(Limit of 10 per performing unit.)
A full concession menu will be offered during the contest for your convenience and dining pleasure.
PRE-ORDERED MEAL DEALS ($8 each for choice of burger/pizza slice/2 hot dogs, plus fries and drink) ARE AVAILABLE TO COMPETITORS.
Please contact our concessions manager for more information or to place an order.
Contest T-Shirts will be available for sale at the event.
The DSMS Gymnasium will serve as our alternate indoor rain site.

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2014 Judges

                                                                    Alan Miller, Percussion Composer and Arranger

Alan Miller

Alan Miller

Alan Miller currently lives in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and works as a freelance composer/arranger, instructor, adjudicator, and clinician. Since 2002, Alan has been the front ensemble instructor for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. In addition to teaching the pit, he has been the front ensemble arranger/composer since 2011 and the staff coordinator for the corps since 2012.
Alan began his career with the corps in 1996 as a member of the front ensemble, then returning as section leader in '97 and '98. 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. During his time at WT, Alan was a member of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, serving as a percussionist and timpanist for 9 seasons.
Alan is also involved in WGI, having served as an instructor and music director for Metro Alliance from 2005-2007 and as the front ensemble arranger for Gateway Percussion in 2012. Alan has been the arranger/composer for The Cavaliers' indoor percussion ensemble Green Thunder Percussion since 2013, a WGI Independent World Class Semi-Finalist.
Alan has arranged both battery and pit music for several Texas state marching band finalist bands including Coppell HS (3rd place, 2008) and Dripping Springs HS (1st place, 2009; 2nd place, 2011), and is currently serving as wind arranger and program coordinator for Guyer High School in Denton, TX. 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 is an Innovative Percussion educational artist and is published through Tapspace and Drop6.

Bill Bachman

Bill Bachman

Bill Bachman

Bill Bachman studied percussion performance at the University of North Texas and is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. Bill 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 author of Row-Loff's drum instructional books Rudimental Logic, Quad Logic, and Bass Logic, and is a columnist for Modern Drummer magazine who has published his most recent book, Stick Technique, the Essential Guide for the Modern Drummer.
As an inventor, Bill designed Vic Firth's Heavy Hitter Pad series, his unique Vic Firth signature “Billy Club” drumstick for tenor drummers, and the "Remote Speedy Hat" which alleviates the need to cross over to play the hi hats.
Most recently Bill launched DrumWorkout.com , a website packed full of lessons and “workout” videos where subscribers can practice along with Bill while seeing everything demonstrated and hearing tips along the way.
In addition to being an international marching and drumset clinician for Remo, Vic Firth, Dynasty, Zildjian, and Row-Loff, Bill has toured with Neal Morse's progressive rock band and is a freelance drummer in the Dallas area. He teaches worldwide through live internet feeds via Skype, as well as locally in Dallas. For updates, videos and more information on Bill, visit him online at www.billbachman.net.

Manny Maldonado

Manny Maldonado

Manny Maldonado

Manny Maldonado is highly sought after as a private lesson instructor and show designer, program coordinator, arranger, consultant, clinician, and adjudicator for marching band.
As a private lesson instructor, Manny’s students have won half (2 out of 4) of the qualifying chairs from the area that advance to the Texas Music Educator Association’s All-State Band, an honor bestowed upon 28 percussionists from the state every year. Manny’s students have won half of these chairs four of the past five years. His students also sweep the T.M.E.A. region in chairs as well, having won the top seven chairs in 2013 and seven of the top eight in 2012.
Manny founded MJM Works, LLC, a marching band design company in 2008. Since then, he has worked with, arranged for, and adjudicated bands across the United States. Many of his clients regularly make finals in both their Bands of America regional competitions as well as their respective state contests.
While at C.T. Johnson High School, Manny helped the band place 10th in the 2012 U.I.L. State Marching Band Contest, 4th at the 2012 Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional, 5th in the 2012 Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band Competition, and 8th in the Bands of America Grand Nationals “Finals” Competition.
The C.T. Johnson drum line received first place at the 2012 Texas Marching Classic Competition, a perfect percussion score at the 2011 Bands of America Grand Nationals “Finals” Competition, first place at the 2010 Lone Star Preview in The Woodlands, Texas, and first place at the 2009 South Texas Classic Drum Line Competition.
While at Cedar Park, Mr. Maldonado helped the band receive many accolades as well. The band placed 2nd in the 2004 U.I.L. Texas State Marching Band Contest, and won the 2002 Duncanville, 2004 Westlake, 2005 Westlake, and the 2007 Sam Houston State Marching Band Competitions. The Cedar Park Band was also awarded the 2006 Sudler Shield for Marching Band Excellence from the John Philip Sousa Foundation.
Manny also serves as the curriculum director and head leadership facilitator for Solutions and Specialized Innovations (SASI). Manny typically speaks to over 1000 student leaders annually on techniques and life skills to help others manage themselves and others more effectively.
When not working, Manny enjoys spending time with his wife, Candace, and their two children, Jameson and Owen. They enjoy camping, fishing, and taking vacations to the beach.

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