Scott Ward is in his fourth year as the Percussion Specialist at Berkner High School. Mr. Ward has been teaching private lessons in RISD since 2004 and has been an instructor for the Berkner Drum Line in some capacity since 2001. In addition to his private instruction duties, he, in conjunction with Michael Reed, is responsible for all percussion activity and instruction for the Berkner area. Mr. Ward is also the composer/arranger for all the percussion music in the competition block show.
Previously, Mr. Ward served as the drum line instructor and adjunct percussion teacher at Texas Christian University in 2004-05. He received his M.M. in Percussion Performance from Texas Christian University in 2004 while serving as the percussion graduate assistant. He received his B.S. in Music Education in 2002 from Texas A&M University-Commerce. While attending each of these universities, Mr. Ward performed in a number of ensembles including the TAMU-C and TCU wind ensembles, percussion ensembles, steel drum bands, marching bands and the TCU jazz band and orchestra.
Mr. Ward is an active composer, performer and educator throughout Texas. In addition to his arrangements for Berkner, Mr. Ward writes wind and percussion arrangements for a number of successful marching bands and drum lines throughout Texas and serves as a drum line clinician for several high schools and universities each marching band season. He is also the Front Ensemble Arranger for Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps in San Antonio, TX. As a freelance percussionist, he has performed with a variety of groups including the North East Texas Symphony, East Texas Symphony, and the Texas Wind Symphony. His compositions are published by C. Alan Publications, including Sleight of Hand for solo percussion, Of Roman Times for Brass and Percussion, Funk Infusion for Percussion Ensemble, and Lucid Dreaming for solo percussion.
Scott is a member of The Texas Music Educators Association, Percussive Arts Society, Texas Bandmasters Association, Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.
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