Percussion Director – Prior to his recent appointment at Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club, Texas, Mr. Bingaman was the percussion instructor at John Horn High School in Mesquite, TX. The John Horn Drumline experienced notable success with consistent top finishes in the HEB Drumline Contest, the Plano Drumline Competition, and the Lone star Drumline Contest while also being awarded with caption awards for snares, tenors, basses, and front ensemble. The Jaguar Drumline won the Lonestar Drumline Contest 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 while achieving the highest drumline score in the advanced divisions in 2012-14. The John Horn Drumline also placed third at the 2012 Percussive Arts Society Marching Percussion Festival in the standstill division and won the award for best bass line. The John Horn High School Band was also an Area Finalist in 2012. In addition to the drumline, Mr. Bingaman taught the entire 6-12 percussion program which consisted of beginning percussion classes, percussion ensembles, solo preparation and band preparation at all levels. At the Texas Music Educators Association Convention held in San Antonio, John Horn High School was represented with three all-state percussionists in 2013, two in 2014, and two in 2015.
Prior to his appointment in Mesquite, Mr. Bingaman was the percussion instructor at Allen High School in Allen, TX with the Allen Escadrille which attended the Tournament of Roses Parade in 2006 and was awarded the Sudler Shield Award. Mr. Bingaman holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe where he studied with Larry Anderson and was a five year member of the top jazz band, the steel band, African drum ensemble, wind ensemble, percussion ensemble, and basketball pep band. While in high school and college, Mr. Bingaman competed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in the multi-tenor division placing 2nd in 1995 in the high school division, 4th as a freshman in the college division, and winning the multi-tenor college division at PASIC in 1998.
Mr. Bingaman also played thirteen seasons as a percussionist with the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra where he has been a section percussionist as well as being featured with a marimba concerto in 2004. He is also an active drumset player, adjudicator, and clinician in the DFW area serving on staffs such as the “Roll” Models Percussion Summer Camps and the North Texas Middle School Percussion Camp.