North Garland Percussion

NGHS Band | NGHS Colorguard || NorthGarland HS | Garland ISD | Percussive Arts Society | North TX Colorguard Assoc. 
   2109 W. Buckingham Road   Garland, Texas   75080     972-675-3136
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Welcome to the Raider Percussion Web site

About our Percussion Section:

The North Garland High School Percussion Section is an important part of the NGHS Raider Band in all of it's performances. 

The percussion section is made up of:

  • approximately 18-20 musicians from grades 9-12 who attend the MST Magnet School for the Garland ISD.
  • a large homogenous percussion section in the fall which is made up of the Battery, and the front ensemble, known as the Pit.
  • three separate groups in the spring (one for each concert band) in addition to three multiple percussion ensembles. 
  • students who take pride in their band, their school, and themselves.
  • a Steel Drum Ensemble as well as a traditional Percussion Ensemble.
  • The Percussion Section performs with the band at:
  • all football games, pep rallies, and the Garland Labor Day Parade. 
  • two marching band contests/competitions.
  • indoor concerts with three concert bands such as the Winter Concert, Potato Supper Fund Raiser, Spring Concert, and commencement ceremonies at graduation.
  • Texas State UIL Concert Contests, and Marching Contests.
  • The Percussion Section also represents North Garland at:
    • marching percussion competitions 
    • solo & ensemble contests
    • All Region Band, and All State Band Tryouts
    • the end of the year by performing in a Percussion Ensemble concert 

    • (check the Band's Calendar of events regularly)


    About our Percussion Staff:

    Ellen G. LeDoux is the second assistant of bands, and head of percussion studies at NGHS.

    She holds a Bachelor's degree in music performance from the University of Southern Mississippi, where she studied extensively with Dr. John Wooton. Her training at U.S.M. included traditional percussion studies, as well as ethnic percussion such as their Steel Drum Band. She also holds a Master's degree in Education from William Carey College. While getting her degrees, she has gathered many musical awards such as being a two time winner of the John Philip Sousa award, Mississippi Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society Outstanding Soloist on the Marimba(1995), and Outstanding Musician in the USM percussion department. Mrs. LeDoux is in her seventh year of teaching in public schools. Five were in Ocean Springs, Mississippi and this is her second year at North Garland.

    In her playing career she has performed as percussionists for the Springfield (MO) Symphony, Biloxi (MS) Symphony, Gulf Coast Wind Symphony, USM Symphony, Meridian (MS) Symphony, and with the Mobile (AL) Symphony. She has performed in various stage orchestras for Joan Rivers, Don Rickles, Dino Kartsonakis, Bobby Vinton, and Joe Martino. She presently performs weekly in the Dallas area with the orchestra for the Cathedral of Hope.

    Nelson LeDoux is the adjunct percussion enrichment teacher, and arranger for the Raider Band.

    He hold's a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. There is where he studied under Dr. Sherman Hong's instruction, as well as Dr. John Wooton. Mr. LeDoux has been teaching in the classroom for nine years as a band director. Three with Lumberton Schools in Lumberton, Mississippi and six in the Pascagoula Municipal Separate School District as assistant to Jerry Ball. 

    In his band career Mr. LeDoux has distinguished himself by performing with two national finalist drumlines in the Percussive Arts Society Collegiate Competition with McNeese State University. He has also been a DCI finalist with the SkyRyders Drum and Bugle Corps as a snare drummer placing in the top 12 in international finals competition.

    As a percussion instructor, Mr. LeDoux has had experience teaching drum sections in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. While in Mississippi he led Pascagoula's High School percussion section to 3rd Place in the Southeast Region in the WGI scholastic division. Many of his private lessons students have distinguished themselves in Region, and All State Band auditions in their respective states, as well as one of his students who placed second in the Percussive Arts Society Solo Snare Drum competition. (National Collegiate Division)

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    Here is a list of our Members and the instrumentation of our fall marching percussion section:

    Snares Tenors Basses Pit
    Jeff Jenkins Leo Flores Sean Bottoms Matt Willis
    Jimmy McDowell Stephen Thomas Otis Holloway James Pirpich
    Craig Crenshaw Andrew Castaneda Chris White
    Shijin Matthew John Bowles Joy Banks
    Ramon Walker
    Summer Sanford
    Brian Zolnar
    Perc/Drum Major: Linda Flores

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    Here is a sample of sound files incorporating some of the music we played that you can listen to. 

    These are in mp3 format and are easy to transfer to your computer. Simply move your cursor to the icon representing the file that you would like to hear. Right click on the icon and choose "Save as..." from the menu. Select a destination folder, such as your Download folder, where you would like the file to download to, and click the "Save" button. If you would rather not save these files to your computer, just choose the "Open" button instead of saving. Enjoy!

           Spyder (mp3)                In The Round (mp3)           Theme from ER (mp3)
                 1.56 MB                                      623 KB                                      1.29 MB

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