For those involved within the arts, coaching sports or teaching academics, there is an age-old adage of “paying it forward” – the idea that those who were once performers, athletes or students become involved in similar educational paths of their respective mentors; to preserve the ideals and traditions passed down and deliver them a new generation.
Sean Gordon is among the new wave of up and coming instructors that ﬁts this positive trend. Sean’s mallet percussion training began as a seventh grader while attending Canyon Hills Jr. High.
He continued to play mallets for Ayala’s percussion section all four years before graduating and participating with groups such as Pulse Percussion, Riverside Community College, Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps and aging-out with the 2007 DCI Champions, The Blue Devils, as a mallet percussionist. During the course of his indoor career, Sean returned to his alumni as a mallet tech in 2007, holding the position until he was promoted to Front Ensemble Caption Head in 2009 – working with the likes of his former instructor, Caleb Rothe, Bryan Nungaray, and Jim Wunderlich. He began arranging for the 8 time PSCW Champion Concert Percussion Ensemble in 2016, and ﬁnished his tenure with the ensemble after completing the 2017 indoor season.
Sean’s teaching prowess has also migrated to the drum corps and independent percussion ensemble scene, as he has worked as the front ensemble instructor for The Academy (2011-2012), The Mandarins (2010), Pulse Percussion (2009-2011) and currently teaches at The Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps (2013-Present).
Sean currently resides in Eastvale, CA and is a proud educational endorser of REMO drumheads, and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.
Published - 21st October 2017