COUNTRY: United States
GROUP: Mohonasen HS Marching Percussion Programhttp://www.dapdrums.com
Dion Placencia is a percussionist and composer born in Chicago IL an raised in Houston TX. He relocated to New Hampshire, where he graduated high school and discovered Drum and Bugle Corps.
In 1993 Dion became a member of the tenor line in the Spartans Drum an ugle Corps which led him to the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corp n 1995. He attended Keene Sate College in 1995-1999, where he obtained Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music. While in college, Dion began hi arching percussion arranging, teaching at Plymouth High School in Plymouth, Mass.
Moving to Saugerties, New York in 2000, Dion began a career in public education. He conducted 7/8th grade concert band and jazz ensembles.
This experience led him to further his formal music education, graduating from the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York with a Masters Degree in music education.
Dion continues his marching percussion arranging with 18 years experience in public education. While employed as a Music Teacher, h as the arranger/caption head with the Onteora, High School Marching and, the Kingston High School Marching Band, and was the Percussion coordinator for the Arlington High School Marching Band. Also included a Marching Percussion Coordinator, were the Excelsior Senior Drum and Bugle Corps and a Marching Percussion Camp at the Ulster County Community College.
Performances include, The Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck, NY,
The Chain Gang Band, Poughkeepsie, NY and Hudson Hollow Suagerties NY. As a clinician he endorses Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks and Pearl drums. Dion is also a US Bands adjudicator and was a guest judge for Guitar Center’s “Drum Off”, Albany NY. He is also involved with theatre productions, studio work, clinics, and private and group lessons as well as educational consulting.
He is currently a Music Teacher at Hudson HS, Hudson NY teaching the Mohonasen HS percussion section and is the Percussion Director for the University of Albany Marching Band.
Q & A
BORN IN: Chicago
LIVES IN: Saugerties NY
DRUMMING SINCE: 1988
CURRENT BAND/PROJECT(S): The Chain Gang Band, Hudson Hollow, Mohonasen HS Marching Percussion Program
BIGGEST INFLUENCE(S): Neil Peart, Dave Weckl
FAVORITE ALBUM YOU DIDN’T PLAY ON: Virgil Donati, “In this Life”
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Playing in NYC
FAVORITE SABIAN CYMBAL: HHX 21” Ride