Welcome to the Eagan High School Percussion Homepage

EHS Percussion Program Philosophy: Total Percussion
Primary Focuses:
  • Snare Drum
  • Mallet Percussion
  • Timpani
Secondary Focuses:
  • Marching Percussion
  • Drumset
  • Multiple Percussion
  • Ethnic Percussion
  • Auxiliary Percussion
Over a four-year curricular cycle, students will spend significant time learning the fundamentals on each of the primary percussion instruments. As long as the student meets a reasonable level of proficiency in all areas, additional emphasis may be spent on the secondary area of greatest interest to that student.

Sticks and Mallets

Many High School students are asked to purchase instruments for thousands of dollars. As a percussionist, your instruments are provided as a result of the District 196 rental fee of $50 per year. 
All EHS Percussion students are expected to own one set of concert snare drum sticks and one set of mallets for appropriate use on their home mallet instrument (bell, xylophone or marimba mallets). These can be used for home practice, lessons and rehearsals.  EHS will provide a wide variety of sticks and mallets for specialty use with various percussion instruments.  See Mr. Benson for any stick/mallets recommendations.

Click here to see the EHS Percussion Solo/Duet/Method Book Library

(This link is only viewable by those with District 196 Google Apps account – @apps.district196.org)
 
Co-Curricular Percussion Opportunities
Students must be enrolled in the EHS Band Program to participate in these ensembles

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE (co-curricular Grades 9 - 12)
Rehearses Thursday from 2:30-15pm
Season length: January-April
Performs at Band Booster Social (April) and various other opportunities

Offers students a well-rounded approach to learning concert percussion instruments in order to develop general musicianship.  The students will participate in numerous types of percussion ensembles that vary from 2 to 20 students.  Enrollment in the EHS Band Program is a pre-requisite for membership in Percussion Ensemble.

WINTER DRUMLINE (co-curricular Grades 9 - 12)
Rehearses Monday 6-9pm, Thursday 6-9pm and Saturday 9-5pm (occasionally varies)
Season Length: October-April
Performs at 7-9 competitions held from February-April

Provides percussion students with an opportunity to further develop rudimental and marching percussion skills. The competitive arena will motivate students to achieve new levels of excellence in performance. Enrollment in the EHS Band Program is a pre-requisite for membership in Winter Drumline. Rehearsals begin early November and run through mid April.
To visit the EHS Winter Drumline page Click Here
Jazz Bands (co-curricular Grades 9 - 12)
Rehearsals: Jazz 1 Mon/Wed 2:30-4:00pm, Jazz 2 Mon/Wed 3:15-4:15pm, Jazz 3 3:25-4:50
Season Lengh: October-March (Extended for Jazz 1 if it is a spring ENCORE! (See summary)
Performs at 2 concerts (December & March) plus 1-3 jazz festivals; Jazz 1 performs for ENCORE! – schedule changes each year

Offers drumset and mallet/auxiliary percussion positions for percussionists.  Enrollment in the EHS Band Program is a pre-requisite for membership in any of the three jazz bands.
***ENCORE! is a production that requires Jazz 1 to play live music for the performances.  ENCORE! schedules rotate and could be held in December, February or May, which alters the schedule for all Jazz 1 students.  Ask an instructor for any ENCORE! schedule information you are interest in.

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE (co-curricular Grades 9 - 12)
Rehearses Thursday from 2:30-15pm
Season length: January-April
Performs at Band Booster Social (April) and occasional other opportunities

Offers students a well-rounded approach to learning concert percussion instruments in order to develop general musicianship.  The students will participate in numerous types of percussion ensembles that vary from 2 to 20 students.  Enrollment in the EHS Band Program is a pre-requisite for membership in Percussion Ensemble.
Pit Orchestra (co-curricular Grades 9 - 12)
Rehearses seasonally
Season length: Rotating musical schedule (December-February-May)
Performs 7 shows during the musical schedule

Offers students a well-rounded approach to learning concert percussion instruments in order to develop general musicianship.  The students will participate in numerous types of percussion ensembles that vary from 2 to 20 students.  Enrollment in the EHS Band Program is a pre-requisite for membership in Percussion Ensemble.