The Indoor season is back in full swing. It’s a great time of year for percussion ensembles as groups get ready for WGI and regional circuit shows.

One of the great things about the indoor scene is the passion and dedication that the community has for their activity. This dedication is on full display in the video below. It take s a lot of people working together to create a world  class ensemble, and the students, instructors and parents at Woodbridge High School do it extremely well.

There is the obvious display of excellent musicianship from this ensemble. But, what I’ve always loved about this program is the class in which the group carries themselves. The students are humble, respectful and really enjoy what they do. I feel very strongly that teaching the concepts of an intense work ethic, cooperation and leadership skills are at least as important as teaching the musical skills. This is especially true at the high school level. The Woodbridge students definitely absorbed all of these ideas and many more, and I’m sure they walked away from the experience with a plethora of ideas and skills that they will continue to use no matter what path they take in life.

Keep a couple of things in mind as you start your 2014 Indoor season. Work really hard. Make the most of whatever opportunity you may have. And, of course, enjoy your experience.

Dave Gerhart

Dave Gerhart

Dr. Dave Gerhart, Product Manager, Percussion for Yamaha Corporation of America and Lecturer of Percussion at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU, Long Beach, is a nationally recognized performer, composer, and educator. Dr. Gerhart, originally from Fairfield, California, holds a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California, M.M. in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Conducting and a B.M. in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach.
Dave Gerhart

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