Garrett Sanborne has been the Director of Percussion at Abilene High School since 2001. He directs the Drumline, Percussion Ensembles, and the newly formed Steel Band. He also teaches the beginner percussion classes at Lincoln, Mann, and Franklin Middle Schools. He performs with the Abilene Philharmonic, plays drumset for AHS musicals, and plays steel drums in his spare time.
Mr. Sanborne is originally from West Chester, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. He holds two degrees in Percussion Performance: a Bachelor of Music from the University of Delaware in 1997 and a Master's of Music from the University of Akron , Ohio in 1999. He recently received his Music Education Certification from McMurry University.
In 1996, Mr. Sanborne performed across the country on tour with the World Champion Drum Corps Star of Indiana and "Brass Theater III," the group which has evolved into the Broadway sensation Blast! He was a member of the University of Akron Steel Drum Band, whose 1999 compact disc recording, "Live at E. J. Thomas Hall," was nominated for a Grammy.
Mr. Sanborne has been teaching percussion since 1994, and has taught throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, and Texas. His areas of expertise include marching percussion, drumset, and steel drums. He has also written dozens of arrangements for marching percussion, steel band, and mallet ensemble, for both high school and college ensembles.