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Thom Hannum
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  • Band/Affiliation: DCI Hall of Fame / Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps / Mobile Percussion Seminar
  • School / Univ. / Institution: University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • Country: United States

Thom Hannum has been teaching at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 1984, where he serves as the Associate Director of the Minuteman Marching Band, Hoop Band Director, and the Coordinator of the Marimba Band/ Marimba Ensemble program. His contributions were acknowledged when he received the Distinguished Service to the University Award.


Mr. Hannum has long been regarded as one of the nation's foremost percussion arrangers, instructors, and clinicians having presented numerous seminars and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Southeast Asia. He is known internationally for his work with the DCI World Champion Cadets of Bergen County and Star of Indiana. Thom is also a charter member of the design team for the Tony Award-winning show Blast!


In the summer of 2001, Mr. Hannum was selected for induction into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Hall of Fame for the Cadets of Bergen County, and the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps. Thom is a product consultant and clinician for the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company, Evans Drum Heads, the Pearl Corporation, and Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets where he has developed several Signature Series drumsticks and keyboard mallets. He is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society where he has served on the Marching Percussion Committee for 12 years.


Through the Hal Leonard Corporation, Mr. Hannum has published a Textbook and corresponding Student Workbook, Championship Concepts For Marching Percussion, which provide many band programs with a comprehensive foundation for percussion education. His instructional video, produced by Alfred's Publishing, Fundamental Techniques For Marching Percussion, demonstrates many of the concepts outlined in the books. Thom has published percussion arrangements and solos with Warner Brothers, Rowloff Productions, and Drop6 Media, Inc. He is currently working on two new book projects with Alfred’s Publishing.


Mr. Hannum is the founder and director of his MOBILE PERCUSSION SEMINAR, which offers clinic and workshop programs for high schools and colleges of all ability levels.


 

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Published Works -

"Championship Concepts for Marching Percussion"

"Techniques for Marching Percussion" (video)

(Warner Bros./Chappell)

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