Handel, Jeffrey

Jeff Handel
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Jeff Drumming

Jeff is an Associate Band Director and the Percussion Instructor at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, SC.  His main duties include teaching the percussion ensembles,  and leading the jazz band, among other musical duties.  His talents are also employed on a weekly basis as a monitor while on lunch duty.

Before he began teaching Wando, Jeff was the percussionist for the Dallas Brass, where he toured throughout the US through the school year, performing clinics for elementary through college students, and nearly 100 concerts each season.  His personal highlights of each concert included xylophone solos and a Gene Krupa inspired drum solo.  Whenever his teaching schedule allows any free time, Jeff can be found at home with his wife Cameron in Charleston, SC, playing with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Jewish Jazz Ensemble, freelancing in and around the Charleston area, or on tour with the band Sol Driven Train playing percussion, keyboards, accordion and Keytar. 

Contact Information

 Phone:  843-881-8258
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 Office Hours:
 Mon/Tues/Thur 3:45 - 4:15

Courses Taught

Percussion Ensemble

This course is for percussion students who have passed a rigorous audition and have demonstrated advanced technical skills.  Advanced musicianship, technique, and performance-related music theory skills will be emphasized.  Students will be eligible to participate in Band activities which may be co-curricular and may occur after school hours.  Health/Arts meets the requirements of the Comprehensive Health Education Act.

There are several sections of this class which will encompass Marching Percussion, Front Ensemble Percussion, Freshman Percussion Ensemble, Upperclassmen Percussion Ensemble, and Honors Percussion Ensemble.

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Jazz Band

The Jazz Ensemble provides an opportunity for students to take an active role in learning the basic concepts of the jazz style of music.  Students will learn such basic concepts as Rock, Blues, Swing, and Latin.  Students will work through jazz method books, study music theory, prepare full ensemble concerts, and learn basic techniques for improvisation.  Students will also perform in several concerts.  Participation in the rhythm section for non-Band members is by audition.

Steel Drums

This course is designed to expose students to the history and culture of steel drums through music.  Students will play classical, calypso, soca and reggae styles.  Prior musical training is helpful but not required.  Students will perform in the Spring Percussion and Jazz concert.  This class will be offered in the Spring semester only during fourth block.

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