Ralph Hicks

First and foremost a teacher, Ralph Hicks has been influenced by amazing and dedicated teachers. Ralph is a product of the highly successful Spring HS Band program (Spring, TX), winning two Texas 5A State Marching Championships, one BOA Grand National Championship, a PAS Call for Tapes, and a naming to the 1995 Texas All State Orchestra.

Receiving a full scholarship to the University of Kentucky, Hicks studied Percussion under Professor James B. Campbell. In 1996 he took first place in the PAS International Vibraphone Solo competition. In 1997 he was a member of the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps and was named a Yamaha Young Performing Artist.

His performing days behind him, Ralph currently teaches beginning Percussion at Mitchell Intermediate in The Woodlands, TX (Conroe ISD). He is also founder and executive director of Let Them Drum, a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation providing recreational drum therapy and performance opportunities for the special needs and assisted living communities of The Woodlands and surrounding areas. In 2012, Mr. Hicks was Mitchell Intermediate’s Teacher of the Year and named Conroe ISD Outstanding Teacher in the Arts by The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council.

Ralph Hicks lives in his hometown of Spring, TX, with his wife Marcail and two children, Brooklynn and William. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Texas Music Educators Association, the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild, serves on the Education Committee for the Percussive Arts Society, and is endorsed by Innovative Percussion.

A classic introduction to Brazilian bossa nova for younger percussion ensembles.
Duration: 2:25 | Level: Med-Easy
A creative, practical, and fun collection of 10 beginning percussion ensembles with DVD of performances, techniques, audio, and more.
Duration: 1:30–2:40 each | Level: Easy to medium-easy
This updated arrangement of Owen’s famous xylophone solo includes three accompaniment options and an optional solo cadenza.
Duration: 4:00 | Level: Medium
Daily, FUN classroom routines and play-along tracks for beginning percussion
Level: Easy
A collection of five ragtime pieces for solo xylophone with both piano and marimba quartet accompaniments.
Duration: various | Level: Medium to Med-Advanced
Played on one instrument, this original marimba trio is fun, laid-back, and faintly reminiscent of familiar childhood melodies.
Duration: 4:10 | Level: Med-Advanced
It’s never be too early to introduce tempo control and tender dynamic expression to young performers!
Duration: 2:30 | Level: Easy
Set in the style of Mexican marimba bands, “Mi Milagro” is a charming piece for young players in a fast "three" feel.
Duration: 2:40 | Level: Med-Easy
Exercises students actually look forward to! This collection of daily classroom routines for intermediate percussion takes fundamentals to the next level!
Level: Medium
An expressive marimba solo for early/intermediate 4-mallet players.
Duration: 3:50 | Level: Medium
A colorful and entertaining piece for breaking down the chromatic scale and basic accessory skills for younger players
Duration: 2:20 | Level: Easy