Percussion Staff

Sam Nichols ( Front Ensemble Tech)  is a Nashville Native, who received his Bachelors in Music Performance from the Rudi E. Schedit School of Music at the University of Memphis. During his time there, he was a member of the Mighty Sound of the South Marching Band, the University of Memphis Percussion Group, 901 Jazz Band, Contemporary Chamber Players, as well as the University Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. He also represented the University with the percussion studio at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, as well as a Spotlight Ensemble performance at TMEA. 

Outside of university groups, he also participated in the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar, Nief - Norf Summer music Festival, and has been a freelance musician throughout the Memphis and Northern Mississippi areas. 


During his time in Memphis, he also worked as percussion staff and a private instructor at several area high schools. He also worked as a counselor for Tennessee Governor's School for The Arts. 


He is currently Pursuing his Masters in Music Performance at UNC Greensboro. 

Jeremiah Fredere ( Cymbal Tech ) is from High Point, NC and has participated in the percussion activity since 2009. Since then he has graduated from Southern Guilford High School in 2013 and attended Western Carolina University for Engineering Technology. 


Jeremiah has marched in several ensembles including Palmetto Percussion (2014,2016) Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band (2013-2016) and Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps (2015). 


Jeremiah was a cymbal technician and instructor in the Western North Carolina and Northern Georgia areas. He taught at North Buncombe High school, Brookwood High School and for the Carolina Panthers Purrcussion Drumline and also currently teaches at Civitas Independent located in Rock Hill, SC and Northwest Guilford High School located in Greensboro, NC. 

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