New Percussion Director Announcement

Happy Thursday Mighty Hawk Band!


Percussion Director Announcement
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Please see the official announcement of our new Director of Percussion for the Birdville High School Mighty Hawk Band below and attached to this email.


Percussionist - We will do a short meet and greet before rehearsal this coming Monday (June 7th) at 5:40pm in the percussion hall. The camp that was planned for next week has officially been postponed until the end of June. The exact dates will be announced at the meet and greet.


I'm super excited and hope that you guys are too!

NEW PERCUSSION DIRECTOR:

Happy Thursday Mighty Hawk Band! I am super excited to officially announce to you all that the new Director of Percussion at Birdville High School is Dr. Akira Robles!


Dr. Robles formerly served as the Percussion Director at Denton Ryan High School in Denton ISD. He recently completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign under the tutelage of William Moersch and Ricardo Flores.


Dr. Robles experienced a wide range of performance opportunities and styles while at Illinois, including bands, orchestras, marching ensembles, steel band, and gamelan. He also toured the Miami, Florida and Dallas/Ft. Worth areas, giving performances and masterclasses on concert/rudimental snare drumming. After graduating, he served as a teacher, performer, percussion arranger, and sound designer in the Chicagoland area, working with several schools in the city and surrounding suburbs. In 2016 he moved to the DFW area and served as Percussion Director of Ryan High School in Denton, TX until 2021.


Dr. Robles has been heavily involved in the marching percussion activity since 2003. He has performed with the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps (2003-2005) and the Phantom Regiment (2006-2007) as a bass drummer, as well as the 2008 WGI World Champion Rhythm X. As an educator, Akira has worked with a variety of groups, most recently being on staff at the Santa Clara Vanguard since 2011, under the direction of Paul Rennick. During his involvement with drum corps, Akira has been a part of seven Fred Sanford award winning percussion ensembles.


Dr. Robles is an educational artist with Pearl/Adams, Innovative Percussion, Remo, and Zildjian.



Mike Cheripka

Director of Bands

Birdville High School

Birdville Independent School District

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