“Having Ross and Majestic supply our group with these instruments helped save each student $150 and made it possible for us to perform at PASIC,” said the ensemble’s director Scott Brown. The ensemble consists of over 50 students who participate in the seventh and eight grade bands at Dickerson Middle School in Cobb County, Georgia. The percussion ensemble is an extra-curricular program and the students meet to practice before school three days a week, with some afternoon practices and weekend clinics.
Students are taught with a “total-percussion” approach, which means that all members of the ensemble are expected to play keyboards as well as various drum and accessory instruments. The group performs a variety of percussion music ranging from Latin American music to Japanese Taiko drumming, ragtime and traditional percussion arrangements.
Every year the Dickerson Percussion Ensemble performs at numerous regional and national conferences. “Ross has established a fine tradition of producing quality instruments at an affordable price,” says director Scott Brown. “Their dedication to education and the development of young mallet players is unique and commendable.” Brown presents clinics to music educators on the development of percussionists at middle and high school levels.