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Zildjian Artist Jeff Ausdemore helps lead the Colleyville Heritage high school percussion program to a successful year


As the 2008-2009 school year draws to a close, the Colleyville Heritage percussion program has much to celebrate. The fall semester started off with a record-setting four CHHS drumset students earning top honors in the region 24 all-region jazz band, including both spots in the Jazz 1 ensemble, the top spot in the Jazz 2 ensemble, as well as the first alternate position. All four students come from the private studio of Arjuna Contreras (Brave Combo, DFW free-lance), one of the percussion faculty at Colleyville Heritage.

On the classical side, the students worked extremely hard throughout the fall semester to advance several percussionists into the all-region bands as well, including a return trip to all-area and all-state for one CHHS percussionist, Patrick Barsallo.

On September 27th, the CHHS drumline successfully defended its title for the 5th year in a row at the Plano Drumline Competition, taking home caption awards for best snare line, best tenor line, and grand champion.

The drumline performed the competitive marching band show music for the PDLC.

On November 12th, the CHHS marching band flew to Indianapolis, Indiana to compete in the Bands of America Grand National Championships for the first time in school history. The 2008 production, entitled "Arrythmia" was an original composition by Jeff Ausdemore, composed for the 2008 Colleyville Heritage High School Marching Band.

In addition to the group's intense competitive marching band season, the drumline staged a separate indoor show to compete in the 2008 Percussive Arts Society's marching percussion festival. The 2008 PASIC show production, entitled "Guitar Hero" rocked the PAS crowd with their extremely high-energy show and outstanding execution, earning first place honors, along with caption awards for best tenor line, best snare line, and best bass line. The Drumline staff for the PASIC show included Matt Moore, Chad Gibson, Dan Neimeyer, and Tony King.

On March 12th, the CHHS percussion studio presented their 11th annual spring percussion concert. The three and a half hour extravaganza featured percussionists throughout the district, from grades 6 through 12, on a diverse program, from soloists, chamber groups, and large ensembles. This yearrrrÃ?s program featured guest artist Dr. Blake Tyson, from the University of Central Arkansas. Dr. Tyson performed several of his own compositions with the Colleyville students in a chamber and large ensemble setting.

The CHHS percussion studio will wrap up the spring semester with a solo festival held on Saturday, May 30th in the Colleyville Heritage High School Auditorium.

The CHHS percussion studio is very fortunate to have the following private lesson faculty, in addition to clinicians throughout the year:

Matt Moore (Assistant Director of Percussion Studies)

Chad Gibson

Arjuna Contreras

Dan Neimeyer

Warren Dewey

For more information on the Colleyville Heritage percussion program, please visit the CHHS band website, or contact Jeff Ausdemore.

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