John Pollard is music coordinator for the Yamaha Sounds of Summer program, serves on faculty with Bands Of America’s Summer Symposium, directs percussion for BOA’s Honor Band of America, and is an assistant director with WGI’s Metro Alliance Drumline. He has chaired the Texas UIL Percussion Prescribed Music Committee, selected TMEA’s All-State Percussion Music, and served on committee for PASIC 2000 in Dallas. John assisted with MTV’s Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime in 2004 and instructed BOA’s 2005 Tournament of Roses Honor Band in Pasadena, California. He is published by Rowl-Off Productions and has written for Percussive Notes, Drum Corps World, and corporate periodicals. For eight years, John was a band director at L.D. Bell High School in Texas where he was a two-time recipient of the HEB Education Foundation’s "Award of Excellence." He is currently a percussion specialist with L.D. Bell and an active consultant and composer for bands and drum corps in North America and Japan.
John Pollard’s students have finished first at Percussive Arts Society national competitions and in Texas All-State Bands and Orchestras. The L.D. Bell Drumline is a PASIC National High School Standstill Competition Champion. The marching band is a two-time Texas UIL 5A State Marching Champion, and was awarded the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Shield in 2005. The band has been a repeat champion at Bands of America regional championships and has received Best Music & Best Visual Performance awards at BOA’s Grand National Championships, twice finishing in the top five. L.D. Bell’s concert bands annually earn the Texas UIL Sweepstakes award and "Best In Class" honors at contests and festivals. The L.D. Bell Symphonic Band has performed at the Midwest Clinic and has advanced to the TMEA State Honor Band Contest.
John is a consultant for Vic Firth Drumsticks, Zildjian Cymbals, and Evans Drumheads. He is the Director of Consumer Education for Whiteflash.com, a precision-cut Diamond company specializing in internet sales.