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. Terry 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. Terry was the Percussion Caption Head and arranger for the Florida Wave Drum and Bugle Corps from 1980 - 81.
Mr. Sanders is currently the Director of Percussion at Escambia High School in Pensacola, Florida. Under his direction, the EHS Field Season Percussion unit has won over 40 High Drum Caption awards and has received no less than a superior rating at any Band Contest since 1982. Mr. Sanders started and has directed the acclaimed Diamonds Indoor Percussion Ensemble to WGI Regional Championships as well as WGI World Championship finalist and since 1997.
Terry is responsible for coordinating Florida's largest Marching Percussion Clinic: the Percussive Arts Society - Florida Chapter - Day of Percussion (DOP). The DOP has been a successful event for 14 years running, featuring the world's best marching percussion clinicians. Terry has been a percussion consultant for high schools all across the Southeastern United States.
Terry actively serves as a championship level adjudicator for fall marching competitions and indoor percussion competitions. Terry is a currently an active member of the Central States Judges Association the Florida Federation Judges Association, the Indiana (IPA) Judges Association, Texas Color Guard and Percussion Circuit, the Louisiana Indoor Percussion Circuit, the Southeastern Color Guard and Percussion Circuit and the Southern Association of the Performing Arts Circuit.
Mr. Sanders currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Gulf Coast Color Guard and Percussion Circuit. He is a past member of the Percussion Advisory Board for Winter Guard International. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity and is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society.
He 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 and his daughters Penny and Jade and his German Shepherd Duke reside in Pensacola, Florida.