Tom Aungst Returns for Sounds of Summer

PERC6312 SOS 4C logo FINALThe University of Connecticut Marching Band in conjunction with the Delta Omicron Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, the Gamma Kappa Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, The Creative Music Center, and the Yamaha Corporation is hosting the 2014 Sounds of Summer Percussion Clinic. The clinic will be held on Friday, June 20 – Saturday, June 21 at the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs. For over 27 years, Yamaha’s Sounds of Summer (SOS) program has focused on music education. A Sounds of Summer Percussion Clinic is an experience created by the partnership between Yamaha, a local percussion dealer, and a host school, to provide top-notch instruction from some of Yamaha’s most renowned percussion artists.

Having expert percussion instruction available for students in the preparation of parades, halftime shows, competitions, and other marching band activities is invaluable. Yamaha recognizes this need and has offered their roster of world class percussion educators to directors and students nationwide, regardless of program size or school budgets. The UCMB invites all percussionists in grades 7-12, regardless of ability level, to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

This year the UCMB is excited to welcome back featured clinician Thomas Aungst. Mr. Aungst served as the percussion arranger and caption head for the ten-time DCI World Champion Cadets. During his time with the corps, the percussion section won High Drums eight times with Aungst’s participation. Tom remains actively involved in the Drum Corps world, working with groups like the Blue Stars and Pacific Crest. Tom is currently the Percussion Director for the Dartmouth Public School System in Dartmouth, MA. His position includes teaching percussion students from 4th grade through 12th grade. The Dartmouth High School Percussion Ensemble has won WGI World Scholastic Championship trophies in 1998, 1999, 2008, and most recently winning the Gold Medal in the Scholastic Marching World Division at the 2014 WGI Championships.

Chris Horvat, UConn Drumline Instructor and Chris Rivera, Director of Bands at Norwalk High School will also be on hand for the clinic. Horvat graduated from UConn and has marched with several DCI Drum Corps including the World Champion Cadets. Rivera, who is a Yamaha Percussion Artist, has worked with several Drum Corps, was the percussion caption head at Trumbull High School and is currently the Director of Bands at Norwalk High School.

The Sounds of Summer experience is geared toward all ability levels. Advanced players will be exposed to a higher level of playing, intermediate players will be provided with the tools to keep them moving in the right direction, and beginning players will be given a solid foundation for which they can build. This is also a wonderful opportunity to begin developing the skills and techniques of young rising percussionists. Overall, particiapants will gain greater knowledge and confidence through their participation in the Sounds of Summer program.

Students have the option of participating as a Day Camper ($60) or an Overnight Camper ($100). All participants who register by May 30 will be offered a special $10 early bird discount. All registrants will receive additional information about the clinic upon receipt of their registration form. For more information and to register, please visit the new UConn Drumline website at Questions can be directed to the UConn Band office at 860-486-2383 or