It was clear. There is a shortage of percussion, brass, guard, and any other type of tech instruction in Colorado. Finding quality techs that are reliable, professional, and share common goals were becoming harder and harder to find.
In December 2019, Jess decided to expand his 23-year-old percussion business, Percussion Solutions LLC, into a new company. Scholastic Marching Arts evolved out of a need to help programs without all the resources they need at their fingertips.
After looking at the activity with a clean sheet of paper and talking to band directors across the country, Jess gathered the information needed to break new ground. Here is what he learned:
Many programs cannot find qualified staff and sometimes they cannot find any staff at all! SMA exists because Jess saw the need for a different approach to quality instruction in public schools in Colorado and beyond.
Through 2023, SMA has continued to grow and refine its methods across all areas of instruction. We have grown to nearly a dozen staff members and hope to broaden our horizons outside of Colorado in the very near future.
To put it bluntly, our methods work! We are committed to taking your students to the next level, and we have done so with many. We help you to identify and work with the challenges in your ensembles, with Music, Methods, Design and Visual
Over the years, students of SMA have gone on to participate in:
From Genice Matzke
Director of Bands, Cheyenne Mountain HS
Colorado Springs, CO
From Jim Farrell
Retired Vocal Music Director, Littleton HS
From Whitnea McDonnell
Color Guard Caption Head, Littleton HS
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