Meet the Board: Don Click


March 22, 2012
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By Daniel Schack

How are you currently involved with WGI?

I teach for several groups including Music City Mystique (PIW) where I serve as Creative Director, Pioneer Indoor (PIA) where I am show coordinator, as well as visual designer, and Cy Fair High School (PSO) where I am the visual designer and pit instructor. I’m also a member of the Percussion Advisory Board, the WGI Board of Directors, and have the privilege of serving on the WGI Executive Committee as the Secretary.

What were some of your first experiences being involved in percussion?

Growing up, my family would go to the local high school football games and we were always very entertained by the band and especially the drumline. When I was 9 years old, I received my first drum set from my grandmother. When it was time to start band in the 5th grade, I began on clarinet! My mom still had hers from high school, so I started on the instrument that we had in the house. We changed school districts as I was entering 7th grade and I told the Band Director I was a drummer…even though I had never had a lesson and didn’t know a thing about “formal” drumming, but things worked out and my clarinet was put in the closet and a drummer I became! 

I started teaching percussion while still in high school. I would leave my marching band rehearsal and go to another high school to teach. Since then, I’ve been involved with teaching high schools every fall since! Of course, once WGI started the percussion division, I got involved from early on (1995) and have been heavily involved since.

Where do you see the activity going in the next couple of years? What are your visions for WGI in the future?

From an organizational standpoint, I see WGI as a whole increasing its educational offerings to both the student and the teacher. It’s important that we continue to grow and learn from each other as well as evolve as educators and performers. WGI has long been known as placing importance on education and that will continue into the future. I also sense more integration with the circuits to create a cohesive experience for the participants at all levels of competition, both locally and nationally.

From a show and performance perspective, the creativity will continue to progress more than we can imagine. The entertainment value of our performances seems to get better and better every year and I don’t see that changing! The skills and multiple responsibilities exhibited by the performers have gone to an all time high over the past few years and although one may think “they just can’t do any more!” these talented students will continue to surprise us with their abilities.

How do you think new rules in 2012 will affect the way designers approach their shows?

From a percussion standpoint, the ability for the designer to add lighting will take some time to perfect. I think some groups will “get it right,” some will struggle, and others will wait in the wings to see how it all plays out. Just as it took a few years for everyone to “figure out” sound systems, the same will be for lighting and their integration into the show designs. There will be a few attempts in 2012 to add lighting, but the real creativity will surface in about 2-3 years.

What new rules would you be interested in seeing tested?

Tough question! I think the creativity of the design teams should dictate what rules are tested and adopted. Let’s see what interests the designers, and if there’s a rule against it that may limit creativity, let’s evaluate.

What sets WGI apart from other marching activities? (DCI, BOA)

I think WGI provides an avenue for young instructors to design and create without limitations. In DCI, there are only so many corps and design jobs available. In MFA/BOA, most percussion instructors must clear ideas through the band director…some more than others. With WGI Percussion – specifically – if you have a supportive band director or the desire to start an independent group, you can.  AND…you can do whatever show you want! There have been many designers that have “gotten their feet wet” in WGI percussion.

When youre not working on WGI stuff, what do you do?

I love spending time with my family. As most know, when you work for multiple groups, time during the season is scarce. (Plus, the hours spent at my “real job,” of course!) But, when we are all together, we like to go to movies, look through model homes for design ideas, work on projects around the house…just normal stuff.  Some people play golf, scrapbook, etc. for their “release”….I like to teach!

What inspires you to stay involved in WGI?

Seeing the performers grow through the season and become a family within their group. The entertainment and creative value of the shows themselves and watching the performances are a lot of fun to me. I very rarely “go up top” to watch shows…I’d rather be down in front where I can see the performer’s faces. Seeing them enjoy the art of performance through their show brings me joy.


What are some of your favorite WGI shows?

Percussion:

’97 James Logan High School
’99 Carolina Thunder
’99 Northglenn High School
’01 Mission Viejo High School
’01 Music City Mystique
’02 Riverside Community College
’03 Blue Knights
’04 Music City Mystique
’05 Riverside Community College
’06 Music City Mystique
’08 Rhythm X
’10 Ayala High School
’11 Music City Mystique

Color Guard:

’82 Cavaliers (my first WGI experience)
’92 Escapade
’96 Bishop Kearney High School
’97 Northmont High School
’98 Pride of Cincinnati
’99 Chimeras
’01 Pride of Cincinnati
’06 Fantasia

 

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