The program takes students with no experience and teaches them the basics of playing drums and mallet percussion including sections on drum set, marimba and steel pan. The emphasis is students playing and have fun doing it! Students also learn team work within a small ensemble, how to be leaders, and stage presence. Piano students are encouraged to take this class see below.

More advanced students or students with middle school percussion experience may audition for upper levels of percussion as incoming freshman. Upper level classes operate as ensembles performing pre-college and professional works.

Students learn about all areas of percussion including snare drum, marimba, timpani, drum set, steel drums and more. The program also strives to help students learn self confidence and self discipline.


For more information about the Percussion Program contact Mr. Cashin, Director of Percussion

Percussion Classes - Like No Other!

Percussion Program

Classes include Percussion I (for beginners) to Percussion V (very advanced). Percussion Classes with Band are also offered at all levels. The percussion program has two major required concerts each year and several smaller performance opportunities for interested students.

Guest artists are invited in when available to give clinics. Past artists visiting include Jon Metzger (Elon University), Dr. Don Parker (Georgia College), Lalo Davila (Middle Tennessee State University) and Gifford Howarth (Bloomsburg University) and Dr. Juan Alamo (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

The program is one of the only percussion programs of its kind in the state of North Carolina and may be the largest, with an average of over twenty concert percussion students annually.

We are the only high school in North Carolina with two five-octave "Marimba One" marimbas and to have hosted the North Carolina State Day of Percussion twice!

Our Advanced Ensembles have received Superior Ratings at Contests. Multiple percussion students have made Honor Bands, including NC Independent Schools, Eastern Regional Orchestra and All-State Orchestra.

Piano Opportunities in Percussion

Piano Opportunities

Mr. Cashin works to find opportunities for current piano players to perform on piano in Percussion, Strings, and Wind Ensembles. Percussion class offers piano students an easy transition to mallet instruments and helps improve their piano playing with music theory and better rhythm from the study of percussion instruments. Most piano student that have taken the class have said it improved their piano playing as well as introducing them to percussion.

Piano students should contact Mr. Cashin for auditions and placement.

The Cardinal Gibbons Drum Line

Drum Line Performs at Union Pines Game by Ashley Herbert

The CGHS Drum Line is a club for percussion students and others who like to play percussion and perform at football games, parades and festivals. In 2018 we are marching a 26 piece line. This year the group will perform at football games, The Raleigh Christmas Parade, Cardinal Gibbons Pep Rallies and the Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade. Please email Mr. Cashin to become a part of our Drum Line for the Fall of 2019!

Concert Percussion Summer Programs

Open to all students in 5th though 12th grade students, our Concert Percussion Summer Program is for students who want to improve they technique and have fun doing it. It is a week long summer camp from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. in which students work on snare drum, mallets, timpani, drum set, steel pan and more. There is no other camp like it in the area. Four-mallet studies are also available, by appointment through email, with Mr. Cashin. The average camp is only 20 students!

2020 Summer Camps Dates to follow!

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