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The Diamonds Indoor Percussion Ensemble

Diamonds Directors and Staff

Percussion Director - Terry Sanders

 

Terry Sanders received his degrees in Music Education and Computer and Information Science from Troy State University. Terry was the Percussion Caption Head and arranger for the Florida Wave Drum and Bugle Corps from 1980 - 81. Mr. Sanders is currently the Director of Percussion at Escambia High School in Pensacola, Florida. Under his direction, the EHS Field Season Percussion unit has won over 40 High Drum Caption awards and has received no less than a superior rating at any Band Contest since 1982. Mr. Sanders started and has directed the acclaimed Diamonds Indoor Percussion Ensemble to WGI Regional Championships as well as WGI World Championship finalist and since 1997.


Terry is responsible for coordinating Florida's largest Marching Percussion Clinic: the Percussive Arts Society - Florida Chapter - Day of Percussion (DOP). The DOP has been a successful event for 16 years running, featuring the world’s best marching percussion clinicians. Terry has been a percussion consultant for high schools all across the Southeastern United States. Mr. Sanders actively serves as a championship level adjudicator for fall marching competitions and indoor percussion competitions. Terry is a currently an active member of the Central States Judges Association the Florida Federation Judges Association, the Indiana (IPA) Judges Association, Texas Color Guard and Percussion Circuit.
 

Mr. Sanders currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Gulf Coast Color Guard and Percussion Circuit. He has served many times on the Percussion Advisory Board for Winter Guard International. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity and is on the Marching Percussion Committee for the Percussive Arts Society. Terry is currently an artist endorser for Innovative Percussion, REMO, Sabian Cymbals and the Pearl /Adams Drum Company. Terry, his wife Regina and his daughters Penny and Jade and his German Shepherds Duke and Prince reside in Pensacola, Florida.

 

Percussion Instructor - Rodell Castillo

 

Percussion Instructor - Jerry Charvat

 

Jerry Charvat is an alumni of Escambia high school and member of The Pride from 2001-2005. During this time he played trumpet for the marching band and concert band and was section leader in 2005. While he played trumpet throughout his high school years, he discovered the percussive side of things and began his cymbal career in 2002 as a member of the Escambia high Diamonds Indoor Percussion Ensemble, in Pensacola, Fl. After his graduation in 2005 he began teaching his high school alma mater where he continues to teach today.


In 2007 Jerry marched with Southwind Drum& Bugle corps on plates and in 2008 he was a member of the Music City Mystique cymbal line. Over the years, Jerry has taught and consulted with many gulf coast area high schools in both cymbal instruction and visual programming respectively. Jerry has also been the lead cymbal clinician for the North West Florida Percussion Arts Society Day of Percussion. Since 2010, Jerry's experience and knowledge of the cymbal craft led him to assist in teaching with the Florida State University Marching Chiefs, Big 8 cymbal line. In 2013, he spent time instructing the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps cymbal line and most recently in 2014 assisted in instructing the University of South Alabama Jaguar Marching Band cymbal line. When he's not teaching the cymbal craft he enjoys creating multimedia projects about the marching arts and has done so for WGI and Seavine.co cymbal gloves. Jerry holds a degree in health services management and is a certified medical assistant and worked 5 years at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, FL. He is currently in the United States Navy Reserves.

 

Percussion Instructor - Colin Slavin

 

Colin Slavin started his cymbal career with the Escambia High School Diamonds Indoor Percussion Ensemble. Where he played cymbals for three years. After high school he went on to March cymbals with the Oregon Crusaders World Class Drum and Bugle Corps. This past winter Colin marched with WGI PIW Finalist Atlanta Quest Indoor Percussion Ensemble. In 2015-2016 Colin was served as a Cymbal tech for the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps. Colin currently part of the visual staff for Pensacola HS. Mr. Slavin is also a cymbal tech for the indoor program at Escambia High School. Colin is a music education major attending the University of West Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Percussion Instructor - Tyler Martin

 

 

Front Ensemble Instructor - Michelle Nelson 

 

Michelle is the front ensemble instructor at Escambia High School, where she has been teaching since 2005. She was a member of The Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps from Seattle, Washington in 2004, The Eminence Indoor Percussion Ensemble from Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 2004 and 2005, and Music City Mystique from Nashville, Tennessee in 2008. Michelle has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with Specialization in Management as well as a Masters Degree in Exceptional Student Education with Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of West Florida. She is employed at the University of West Florida.

The Diamonds Indoor Percussion History

The Diamonds Indoor Percussion Ensemble was formed by, Mr. Terry Sanders, Director of Percussion at Escambia High School.   After enjoying numerous Fall Season "Best in Class" and "High Drum" caption awards dating from 1983 to present, the competitive interest of the percussion students started to turn a new and exiting venue to display their rudimental skills as well as compete at a more intense level of competition.  

1991: In 1991, the first year of the Diamonds' existence, WGI had not formed classifications or competitions for Percussion. The Diamonds had 1 show in the great State of Virginia and won their very first competition. The selections were "The Crypt Keeper" "Turkey in the Hood" and "The Pursuit of the lady with the yellow feathered Hat".

1992 and 1993: In 1992 and 1993 the Diamonds did not compete; there was not a local circuit formed for percussion. 

1994: In 1994 the Gulf Coast Color Guard Circuit created a local circuit to give High School and Independent Percussion units the ability to showcase their talents and compete. 

1995: The Diamonds first competed on the local circuit level. The Show entitled "Disney" contained the selections, "When you wish Upon a Diamond", "The Bear Necessities", "Shear Kahn", and "The Bear Necessities, Reprise". The group competed in several local shows and in the GCCG Circuit Championships. 

1996: In 1996 the Diamonds put on the "Church Lady Show" selection were "Break Bread", "Ode to Joy", and "Shout". The Diamonds competed locally and Regionally, placing 3rd in the Percussion Scholastic A class at the WGI Mid-South Regional in Nashville and had a fourth place finish at the GCCG Circuit Championships. 

1997: In 1997 the Diamonds outfitted in U.S. Army Fatigues and Combat Boots traveled into hostile territory in search of the Perfect Beat. The show entitled "Looking for the Perfect Beat" was dedicated to the current Front Ensemble Tech, Rodell Castillo. The selections were all original compositions penned by the units director, Terry Sanders. The Diamonds competed locally and Regionally, taking First place in Percussion Scholastic A at the Mid - South Regional in Nashville. The Diamonds completed the year by being crowned Gulf Coast Circuit Champions in the Percussion Scholastic A Class. 

1998: In 1998 the Diamonds decided to honor the home front by presenting a Beach Show. The show entitled "A Day at The Beach" was a hit. The selections were "Sugar White Sanz", "Morning Dance", "Margaritaville" and "Sailing". The Diamonds competed locally, regionally, and for the first time in the history of the school, the group competed Nationally. The Diamonds place 2nd in the Scholastic Open Class at the WGI Mid-South Regional in Nashville Tenn. a third place showing at the GCCG Circuit Championships, and Tied for 16th place out of 24 units at the WGI World Finals in Dayton, Ohio. 

1999: In 1999 The Diamonds turned to a latin groove to display their talents. The show entitled "Cinco de Mayo, The Celebration" was a very high energy show which depicted a celebration of the Mexican Independence Holiday "Cinco de Mayo". The selections were "Samba Pa Ti" ,"Jingo Jingo", "Oye Como Va" and "Para Ti Latino". In 1999 "The Diamonds" Placed 3rd in the Percussion Scholastic Open Class at the WGI Mid-South Regional in Nashville Tenn. The Diamonds turned in a strong 2nd place showing in the PSO class at the South Regional in Pensacola Florida. The group also finished an extremely close second in the PSO Class at the GCCG Circuit Championships. In the groups second year attending WGI World Finals "The Diamonds" made finals in the PSO class at the WGI World Finals in Dayton, Ohio. The Diamonds captured an 7th place spot among 22 other competitive units. 

2000: In 2000 The Diamonds performed their show entitled "Visual Jeopardy". That year they won the Houston regional, finished 3rd at the Pensacola regional, placed 2nd in the GCGC Circuit Championships, and were a semi-finalist in the PSO classification at WGI World Finals in Dayton, Ohio.

2001: In 2001 The Diamonds performed their show entitled "Dave Dreamin': All Dave, All Night". This year was a fine year for the Diamonds, including a 1st place win in Nashville, 2nd place at the Pensacola regional, 2nd at GCGC Circuit Championships, and ended with a spectacular 4th place finish in PSO at World Finals. 

2002: In the 2002, The Diamonds experienced an amazing season with their Crazy Lady Show, actual title of "One Flew Over". While competing in Nashville at the Mid South Regional, their performance was enough to promote The Diamonds to World Class, and they ended up taking 1st place. At the WGI South Regional in Pensacola, they won 1st place, and at the Circuit Championships, they placed second. They ended their spectacular season with a 5th Place Finish at PSW World Finals in Dayton, Ohio.

2003: In 2003 The Diamonds took it back a few decades to bring you the show "The 70's". This show featured songs famous from that infamous era including "Joy to the World", "Free Ride", "Play that Funky Music" and other fun charts. They won 2nd at the Nashville Regional, 3rd at the Pensacola Regional, 2nd at Circuit Championships, and just barely missed finals --13th place-- at the PSW World Finals in Dayton.

2004: In 2004, The Diamonds had another great season. The show, "Four Little Girls", retold the infamous 16th Street Baptist Church bombing incident that resulted in the death of four innocent girls. That year, they won 1st place at the Pensacola Regional, 3rd place at the Nashville Regional, and placed 3rd at the Dayton Regional. The Diamonds did not compete in WGI World Finals that year because it was hosted in California.

2005: In 2005, The Diamonds' Show, "Dave's Auto Shop", was a show about an auto shop owner who decides to sell some stolen car parts from someone he thought he could trust. Turns out this lady and her accomplice worked for the FBI. In the end, Dave get's away with the money and these ladies of the FBI are left with nothing. That year, The Diamonds took 3rd at the Pensacola Regional, 3rd place at Circuit Championships, and ended the season with a 10th Place finish in PSW World Finals in Dayton.

2006: In 2006, The Diamonds presented their show entitled "A Eurythmic Tangent". It can be described as a percussive journey in which aesthetically pleasing rhythms mirror graceful and rhythmical body movement. The production was a system of physical exercise, therapy, musical training and a constant cohesion of mood, direction, color and linear curvature shapes to create an amazing show. They came in 3rd place at the Pensacola Regional, 3rd place at the Nashville Regional, 2nd Place at Circuit Championships, and finished their season with a 10th Place finish in PSW World Finals in Dayton.

2007: The Diamonds presented their show, entitled "LOST," in 2007. During this season, the group attained 2nd place at GCG&PC Circuit Championships, 2nd place at the Pensacola Regional, 5th place at the Nashville Regional, and 15th place at the PSW World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. 

2008: The Diamonds presented their show entitled "Anger Management".  The show was aggressive and in your face.  The show did include 2 therapeutic moments where the anger was subdued, but eventually true to form, anger took this show right in to the 2008 PSW world finals.  The best WGI finals playing run to date by the 2008 Diamonds.  2nd Place GCGC finals, 4th Place Nashville Regional Finals, 2nd Place Pensacola Regional finals, and 16th Place 2008 WGI Finals, first year of percussion in the UD Arena.

2009: The Diamonds presented their show "WITHOUT".  An impressive performance that reminded the audience of everything they could possibly be without.  Ranging from Love to loved ones, this was a very personal show for the performers.  A special group winning every show they attended except for WGI World Finals.  1st Place WGI Pensacola Regional, 1 Place all GCGC Circuit Shows.  Did not attend GCGC Championships in 2009 due to a Band Trip to New York.  WGI Semi Finals.

2010: The Diamonds -Escambia High School – "LISTEN"
6th Place, 90.663 - WGI PSO Finals

Sky blue curves representing sound waves were painted against a black tarp – just one of several visual references to sound and how it affects us. A lone speaker – or possibly a sub-woofer – rested in the upper right corner as the definition of the word "listen" opened the program. The performers were clearly invested in their show, displaying considerable musical chops as they employed the various styles of music littered throughout. An especially moving ballad section focused on how people should listen on the inside, or listen to the sound of silence – with a lone snare drummer pretending to play. Other segments stated that sometimes we have no choice to listen, which was followed by a rather disconcerting message left on an answering machine. The last few moments cited how we listen with our eyes, our mind and ultimately our hearts, followed by sampled vocals that led to an explosive closing segment.
2nd place WGI Nashville Regional - 1st Place WGI Pensacola Regional, 1 Place all GCGC Circuit Shows - GCGC 2010 PSO Champions. 

2011: The Diamonds present their show "REMEMBER..."  
9th Place 91.263 - WGI PSO Finals 
 
The power of memory is a remarkable subject.  In one instant we can travel back and explore a sliver of time, and instantly recall the emotions from that gasp in history.  So with Escambia's program, "Remember," there lies a considerable challenge in effectively portraying they power of memory and the emotions it generally evokes.  But this poses as no challenge for the talented performers, whose musical prowess and performance caliber are definite enhancements to an emotionally stirring program.  It is a lofty ambition to attempt to craft a program geared at a variety of emotions, but Escambia manages this miraculous feat with favorable results.  And the use of sampling from key historical figures also lent itself to the show's thematic aim - to reflect upon the prolific moments of our lives and remember what we felt in those delicate, fleeting moments.