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Method Book and Percussion Preference List by Schools


Each school and band director has a typical preference for what method book they use and what type of percussion instrument the beginning students need. Here is the list we have compiled for you! (Though we try to keep this list as up to date as possible, teacher’s may change what program or preference they are using)

School Method Book Percussion Preference
Blairsville Standard of Excellence Percussion bell kit
  A Fresh Approach (bells and snare)  
Brockway Standard of Excellence (Winds)  Percussion Bell Kit
  Performing Percussionist (Drums)   
Brookville No Book (Director's own publication) Remo Drum Pad & 7A Sticks
Clarion  Sound Innovations Remo Drum Pad, 2B Sticks &
  *Combined Percussion book*  CB Practice Pad Kit #3650 (HT) $75
Clarion-Limestone Tradition of Excellence Drum/Bell Combo Kit
Clearfield Tradition of Excellence Percussion Bell Kit
Curwensville Making Music Matter Drum/Bell Combo Kit
Dubois Central Christian Standard of Excellence Percussion Bell Kit
Dubois Standard of Excellence Drum/Bell Combo Kit
    *Rich Fisherowski's students need a
    Remo pad and SD1 sticks. A 
    practice pad stand #3650STD is 
    optional*
East Forest Essential Elements 2000 Percussion Bell Kit
Elk County Catholic Essential Elements 2000 (Winds) Remo Drum Pad & 2B Sticks
  Alfred Drum Method (Drums)  
Franklin Essential Elements 2000 Drum/Bell Combo kit
Harmony Standard of Excellence Percussion  Bell Kit
  A Fresh Approach Snare & Mallet books  
Homer Center Standard of Excellence  Real Feel Drum Pad & SD1 Sticks
    OR Snare Drum Kit
Indiana Habits of a Successful Beginner Band Musician (Winds) Percussion Bell Kit
  A Fresh Approach To Snare Drum  
  A Fresh Approach To Mallet Percussion  
  Sound Innovations (Strings)  
Johnsonburg None. Director does his own packets Percussion Bell Kit
Keystone Standard of Excellence w/NO CD'S Percussion Bell Kit
Marion Center Sound Innovations Percussion Bell Kit
Moshannon Valley Standard of Excellence Percussion Bell Kit
North Clarion  Standard of Excellence Drum/Bell Combo Kit
Northern Cambria Essential Elements 2000 Drum/Bell Combo Kit
Oil City Essential Elements 2000 Percussion Bell Kit
Penns Manor Sound Innovations Book 1 Percussion Bell Kit
  Combined Percussion book for drums  
Philipsburg Tradition of Excellence Percussion Bell Kit
Punxsutawney Essential Elements for Band Remo Drum Pad & 2B Sticks
  A Fresh Approach to Snare Drum (Drums)  
Purchase Line Tradition of Excellence Snare Kit -OR- Percussion Bell Kit
Redbank Tradition of Excellence bk 1 (4th & 5th) Percussion Bell Kit
  Tradition of Excellence bk2 (6th grade)  
Rocky Grove/Valley Grove Elem Standard of Excellence  Drum/Bell Combo Kit
St. Bernards Standard of Excellence Remo pad and sticks
St. Marys Standard of Excellence for everyone Drum/bell combo kit + two books
  Alfred Beginning Drum Method also  
Union SCHOOL PROVIDES ALL BOOKS Remo Pad -OR- Percussion Bell Kit
West Branch Essential Elements for Band Essential Elements for Band Bk 1 Percussion +
RF12D Practice Pad
 + 
Vic Firth SD1 Drumsticks
West Forest Essential Elements 2000 Percussion Bell Kit
     
  Method Book & Drum Kit Preferences By School  
Revised 9/3/2021    
 
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