Rich Hammond to appear at March PIRT Meeting

Designing for success, technology on the agenda

The Percussion Instructor RoundTable (PIRT) is proud to announce that Rich Hammond will be the guest speaker at the March 30 meeting.  Hammond is the US Scholastic Band Association Percussion Education Director and has years of experience and success developing DCI, DCA, WGI and USSBA programs.  During this meeting, Rich will discuss the following topics: 

 - Developing and growing your program
 - Design for success
 - Use of technology 

The March 30 PIRT meeting will be held in the Immaculata High School band room.  Immaculata is located at 240 Mountain Ave in Somerville, N.J. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.  Please RSVP to Dan Bonham at if you would like to attend. 

About Rich Hammond

Rich Hammond (Program Coordinator, Percussion Arranger). A graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts, Hammond attended the University of the Arts and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He has been a marching member of the Hamilton Knights, the Reading Buccaneers and Crossmen. In addition, he has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. His drum corps writing and teaching stints have included the Crossmen, the Glassmen and the Reading Buccaneers, where he has produced six world championship percussion programs.

In addition to his work with the Buccaneers, Rich has been Percussion Program Coordinator for Drum Corps International’s Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corps, where he led the Surf to a 2007 Division II percussion title. Hammond’s resume also includes work with the WGI world champion Hatboro-Horsham and the USSBA Group 6 Open Champion North Penn Marching Knights, where he is Director of Percussion. He was inducted into the Buccaneers Hall of Fame in 2007.

About PIRT
Founded in 2007, PIRT is a collection of percussion instructors, band directors and judges throughout the Northeastern United States, dedicated to the advancement of marching percussion, as well as the development of their students. The shared experiences and developed relationships of PIRT will increase the level of percussion performance of PIRT-member drum lines as well as develop friendships and a sense of unity among the staffs and their students. 



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