Terry Sanders received his degrees in Music Education and Computer and Information Science from Troy State University. He studied percussion under Dr. Samuel Frederick, while marching with the “Sound of the South” Trojan Band. Mr. Sanders studied clarinet with Dr. John M. Long in the Troy State Reading Band. He also studied percussion privately with Sergeant Carl Griggs of the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Sanders was the Co-Percussion Caption Head and arranger for the Florida Wave Drum and Bugle Corps from 1980 – 81.
Mr. Sanders was the Director of Percussion at Escambia High School in Pensacola, Florida for 30 plus years. Under his direction, the Escambia HS Percussion section has won over 40 High Drum Caption awards and has received no less than a superior rating at any Band Competition since 1982. Mr. Sanders was the founder of the award winning, Escambia HS Diamonds Indoor Percussion Ensemble. The Diamonds have been competing in WGI Regional Championships as well as WGI World Championships and since 1997. Mr. Sanders also was the Program Coordinator for The WGI 2017 PIO Bronze Medalist Freedom Percussion Ensemble.
Mr. Sanders was responsible for creating the largest PAS Day of Percussion Marching Clinic in the Southeast United States. Doing clinics and master classes with the following: Scott Johnson, Jeff Prosperie, Shane Gwaltney, Dr. Omar Carmanates, Brian Nozny, Sean Vega, Danny Raymond, Joe Hobbs, Bill Bachman, Mike McIntosh, Andrew Tucker. Elanders Frazier, Harvey Thompson, John Lluvea and Infinity Basses, Jeff Moore, Matthew Filosa and the FSU Percussion Section, Luis Rivera and the USA Percussion Section and Clint Gillespie and Dr. Andrew Lynge and the
Jacksonville State University Percussion Section.
Mr. Sanders actively serves as a championship level adjudicator for fall marching competitions and indoor percussion competitions. He is a currently an official WGI Percussion Judge. He is an active member of, the Indiana Percussion Judges Association, the Texas Color Guard Circuit, Georgia Indoor Percussion Circuit, Florida Federation Color Guard Circuit, the Arizona Percussion Circuit, the Mississippi Indoor Association Circuit and the Southern Association of the Performing Arts Circuit, Florida Marching Band Coalition, and the Southeastern Color Guard
Mr. Sanders currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Gulf Coast Color Guard and Percussion Circuit and he has served many years on the WGI Percussion Advisory Board, most recently in 2016. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity and he is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society and currently serves on the PAS Marching Percussion Committee. Mr. Sanders also works with Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps as the Program Coordinator. Southwind was awarded the most improved corps for the 2019 DCI season.
Terry is currently an Educational Artist endorser for Innovative Percussion, the REMO Drum Head Company, Sabian Cymbals and the Pearl /Adams Drum Company.
Terry, his wife Regina, his 2 daughters Penny and Jade, his German Shepherds Duke and Prince, all reside in Pensacola, Florida.