This course is designed for first-year high school students or students who are new to percussion. Students are introduced to playing all areas of percussion including snare drum, mallets (bells, vibes, xylophone) timpani, hand percussion (congo, bongos, etc.) and drum set. Students learn all the basic skills in reading music, music theory, and percussion history. Students are required to attend formal on-campus concerts, and may participate in other opportunities such as Drum Line and Symphonic Band. Percussion students who wish to play in the Symphonic Band as a freshman should schedule a placement audition. A pair of “SD-1 General” Drumsticks will be required for the class. Students may take this course in consecutive years. Students may take this course for Honors if they participate in Drumline, or are in their second year. *See page 5 regarding PE Deferment for rising 9th grade students.