Jeff is an Associate Band Director and the Percussion Instructor at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, SC. His main duties include teaching the percussion ensembles, and leading the jazz band, among other musical duties. His talents are also employed on a weekly basis as a monitor while on lunch duty. Before he began teaching Wando, Jeff was the percussionist for the Dallas Brass, where he toured throughout the US through the school year, performing clinics for elementary through college students, and nearly 100 concerts each season. Whenever his teaching schedule allows any free time, Jeff can be found at home with his wife Cameron in Charleston, SC, playing with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, the Charleston WInd Symphony, freelancing in and around the Charleston area, or playing drumset with Cameron and the Funk Dumplins.

    Jeff received his education at Indiana University, where he received his Bachelor's of Music Education as well as a Performer's Certificate. While at IU, he instructed the Indiana University Marching Hundred Drumline and served as an Associate Instructor of Percussion. In addition, he has served as a percussion instructor for elementary, middle, high school and college levels, and he has worked with several award winning groups around the country, as well as the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. Jeff’s foundation in marching percussion led to performances with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, Star of Indiana’s Brass Theater, and several US and Japanese tours with the shows Blast! and Blast II: M.I.X.. Jeff is available (when time permits) for private lessons, clinics, group or solo live performance, studio work, and arrangement / composition.

    Jeff is a proud endorser of Evans Drumheads, Promark Sticks and Mallets, Puresound, and Planet Waves.

Name: Jeff Handel

Birthday: December 2nd

Education: Indiana University

    Bachelor of Music Education,

    Performer’s Certificate

Primary Instruments: Drum set and   

    Percussion

Secondary Instruments:  Piano,

    Organ, Keyboards, Accordion

Favorite Book: Zen and the Art of          

    Motorcycle Maintenance

Favorite Movie: The Big Lebowski

Favorite Food: Sushi

Jeff Handel
Percussionist