Lone Star Percussion Ensemble Receives International Honor

Aug 15, 2016

The Lone Star High School Percussion Ensemble is one of three high school groups selected internationally to perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Clinic (PASIC) convention, scheduled November 9-12 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

It is the highest recognition that a high school percussion program can receive.

More than 5,000 music educators attend the PASIC recording clinic each year where artists, composers, educators and performers come together for a weekend of performances, professional development and networking. There are also exhibition performances by the best organizations in the world.

The Lone Star Percussion Ensemble submitted recordings as part of an open-call contest to earn the opportunity to perform at the convention. Four out of the six judges gave the school a perfect score, a rare accomplishment. Click here to view a video of one of the ensemble’s submissions.

The group was led in the 2015-16 school year by Former Percussion Director Nathan Sundberg, now elementary music specialist at Bledsoe Elementary, and Kevin Hanarahan, assistant percussion director.

This coming year, it will be led by Percussion Director Brian Gill and Hanrahan. The Lone Star band program is under the direction of Tim Golden.

Participating students are pictured above along with staff members.

Front Row (L-R): Grayson Vaughn, Ryan Hodges, Hunter Kulesza, Josh Mo, Ryan Liebowitz, Kane Rylander, Nick Finley, Eddie Betances, Naomi Mo, Ava Harrell

Back Row (L-R): 2016-17 Percussion Director Brian Gill, Jacob Garcia, Stephen Koenig, Josh Sodolak, Harshil Gupta, Austin Singer, Adam Trupp, Chris Nunes, Chizzy Ukoha, Assistant Percussion Director Kevin Hanrahan, 2015-16 Percussion Director Nathan Sundberg

Last year, the Fowler Middle School Percussion Ensemble was the first Frisco ISD group to participate and perform at the PASIC convention. It was the only middle school percussion ensemble in the country chosen for the honor.

The mission of PASIC is to inspire, educate and support percussionists and drummers throughout the world.