Rick Drewry is preparing for his second year as Front Ensemble Director for The Woodlands High School (The Woodlands, TX) and is currently the Front Ensemble Director for Cy-Fair High School Indoor Drum Line (Houston, TX). Along with his marching affiliations, he is a percussion specialist for both Conroe and Klein Independent School Districts - educating a private studio of over 60 (…and growing) students! He is also an educator with "Let Them Drum,” a non-profit organization which provides drumming and performing opportunities that are inclusive to all children in his community.
Rick has a M.M. in Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, studying under marimba virtuoso Dr. Thomas Burritt and Prof. Tony Edwards, principal timpanist for the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and performed with the studio in 2016 as one of the winning ensembles for the Percussive Arts Society's (PAS) International Percussion Ensemble Competition. While at the University of Texas, Rick had the immense honor of performing under the baton of Prof. Jerry Junkin for a total for six concert cycles as well as the 2017 College Band Directors National Conference in 2017. Rick also holds a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Tennessee at Martin studying under Dr. Julie Hill - an educator for whom Rick holds enormous admiration, reverence, and esteem.
Rick's marching experience includes The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (2012-2014),
performing with the ensemble in 2013 for PAS's Marching Showcase Concert, and Music City
Mystique (2014). Prior to his current teaching positions, Rick has taught front ensemble with
The Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps (2017), Franklin High School (2015 - 2016), Lake Travis
High School (2016), and The Clarksville Audio Theater (2013). His greatest mentors (not
previously mentioned) include Andy Salmon, Joni Perez, Tim Hale, Rob Pastor, Joe Roach, Alan
Miller, Erik Johnson, and Dr. Nola Jones.
As a proud alumni, Rick is beyond excited to join the 2018 percussion staff! He has loved this
organization’s front ensemble since he was 12 years old and can think of no greater honor in his
career than to instruct it. He’s excited and pumped for what’s going to be an amazing summer
for The Cavaliers!