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Plano High School/Michael Hernandez

Artists/Composers - Master Educators & Endorsers




The Plano Senior High Percussion Program is pleased with the high level of music activity it offers its percussionists. Ranging from their middle school drumline to the PanCats Steel Drum Band to their annual two day percussion concert Spettacolo, the Plano Percussion Program works extremely hard to provide the best leadership, passion, and dedication to their students, utilizing great music compositions, arrangements, and pedagogy as methodology to increase musical abilities for all levels, all instrumentation, and all styles of percussion performance.

The Applied/Chamber/Methods aspect of the percussion program includes private lessons, performances at the Plano Percussion Chamber Music Festival and/or the percussion department recital. Studies are enhanced with instruction in World Percussion, student composition and arranging, and improvisation.

In addition to playing opportunities with the schools' bands, orchestras and marching band drumline, Plano boasts some very unique ensembles: The Plano Indoor Drumline Show, The PanCats Steel Drum Band, the Pan Ragga 'Round the Neck Band, the Toolkit Sonnet Drumset Ensemble, the Plano Batucada Samba Band, and the Plano Tabla Group.

Summer opportunities include drumline camps, middle school percussion camps, drumset camp, and the Plano Drumaton.

Plano Senior High School is honored to have served as home to the LHS High School Marimba Seminar for eight years. 2012 marked the last time Plano Senior High school hosted this wonderful seminar. As such, Plano is the proud owner of two beautiful Malletech marimbas; 4.6 & 5.0.

Not content just to educate students in percussion techniques, Plano has expanded its program with a Plano Percussion Parent Ensemble.

The percussion program is led by Michael Hernandez, Associate Director of Bands and Percussion Coordinator. Michael's freelance gigs have included everything from adjudicating to playing in steel bands and symphony orchestras to publishing drum method books and percussion ensemble arrangements. He is Operations Executive with drop6 media, Inc.

The current percussion staff includes Jeremy Kondrat, Michael Hernandez, Jay Cawyer and Chelsea Guidry.