DCI Hall of Famer to Head Crown Percussion Program
Carolina Crown is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Aungst as the Percussion Caption Head for the 2015 season. Aungst has had a long working history with Thom Hannum and is excited to be collaborating with him again. Aungst is also thrilled to be working alongside Michael Klesch and the rest of the creative team at Carolina Crown.
"I have been eager to work with a drum corps full time again," said the DCI and WGI Hall of Fame member Aungst. "I am ready for this opportunity at Crown."
Crown Executive Director, Jim Coates, is excited to have Tom join the Crown team. "He brings a wealth of experience and success in the world of marching arts to the Crown organization," said Coates.
Aungst is currently the Director of Percussion at Dartmouth Public Schools in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, where he has been teaching for over 22 years. His position includes teaching percussion students at all levels of the program, from 5th through 12th grade. Under his direction, Dartmouth has participated in the WGI indoor percussion activity since 1998, capturing five World Class Percussion Championships (‘98,’99,’08,’09,’14) and consistently placing in the top three. In 2014 Aungst was inducted into WGI Hall of Fame.
Involved in the Drum Corps activity for over 35 years, Aungst got his start in the late 70s as a snare drummer with the Reading Buccaneers, winning two DCA World Championships in 1979 and 1980. He has also been affiliated with the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, first as a member from 1981 through 1984, and then as the Percussion Arranger and Caption Head through 2008. He later returned as a consultant in 2013.
Aungst, Crown Percussion Arranger, Thom Hannum, and Crown Music Director and Arranger, Michael Klesch, all worked together while with The Cadets.
"Thom and I worked together when I was a member of The Cadets and then later when I was on staff," remembers Aungst. "Michael and I were roommates at West Chester University for three years and marched together in The Cadets through 1984 before working together on the staff until 1992."
While with the Cadets, Aungst was instrumental in capturing nine world championships and seven best percussion awards. He has remained involved in the Drum Corps activity, writing and working with various groups including Cadets², Blue Stars, Pacific Crest, Hawthorne Caballeros, and the Connecticut Hurricanes. In 2004 he was inducted into the Cadets Hall of Fame and then in 2006 into the DCI Hall of Fame.
Tom Aungst is a Graduate of West Chester University, where he received his Bachelors in Music Education and has a Masters in Jazz Performance from Rutgers University. Aungst is a Vic Firth, Yamaha, Zildjian, and Remo artist. He is also the proud father of two sons, Alan and Noah.
New percussion audition materials will be available soon and Tom will be setting up a Crown percussion Facebook page. "I want kids to know they can get in touch with me and ask questions," said Aungst. "We are looking forward to giving kids from all over the country the chance to be a part of the exciting program here at Carolina Crown."