Percussion Ensemble

Percussion Ensemble is a Fall Semester class that is required for all current percussionists, and open to any Rocky student that is interested in percussion. No prior experience is necessary.

  • 2018-19 Student Supplies

    Posted by QUENTIN DEWITT on 8/1/2018

    Students will need the following supplies. If you have concerns about acquiring them, please contact Mr. DeWitt.

    All Marching Band Members

    • School appropriate athletic clothing that permits comfortable movement.
    • Undergarments that provide support for strenuous movement (i.e. compressions shorts, sports bras, and similar)
    • Close-toed athletic shoes. No flip-flops.
    • Sunglasses
    • Hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Water jug (1 gallon is super handy)
    • Healthy snacks: We will take multiple breaks throughout the day. All members are expected to eat throughout the day to stay healthy. The best snacks are whole-grain and low in sugar and saturated fats. Examples of good choices include
      • Fresh or dried fruit
      • Dairy products like yogurt, cheese, and kefir
      • Nuts
      • Whole bread (PBJ is the bomb)
      • Whole grain snack crackers
    • 1 roll colored duct tape for marking drill dots
    • Large "beach towel" for morning yoga/pilates


    • “Foundations for Superior Performance in Band” by Williams & King
    • “Exercises for Ensemble Drill” by Raymond Fussell
    • 2” Black 3-ring “D-style” binder with page protectors
    • Pencil
    • Chromatic Tuner & Metronome: You may use traditional devices or the "Tonal Energy" app.
    • Neoprene Practice pad
    • 1st Year
      • Stick Bag or equivalent
      • 1 pair Vic Firth Model SD1 snare stick or equivalent
      • 1 pair Vic Firth M140 xylophone/bell mallet or equivalent
      • 1 pair Vic Firth M183 marimba/vibraphone mallets or equivalent
    • 2nd Year adds to the above
      • 1 pair Vic Firth T3 Staccato timpani mallets or equivalent
      • 1 pair Vic Firth T2 Cartwheel timpani mallets or equivalent
      • 2nd pair of Vic Firth M183 marimba/vibraphone mallets or equivalent
    • Marching Band Members will use
      • Vic Firth Model SRH Ralph Hardimon Snare/Tenor Sticks
      • Vic Firth Corpsmaster Bass Drum mallets
    • Jazz Band Members will add
      • 1 pair Vic Firth 7A drum sticks or equivalent
      • 1 pair Vic Firth Heritage Brushes or equivalent
    • High fidelity earplugs


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