May 15-16th clinic focuses on teaching marching band

The Cadets bring the topics seldom covered to the forefront

For many drum corps members, a career as a music educator is right around the corner. And yet, despite classes in "marching band technique," many students step into their first job without the needed information that can be of assistance when teaching in the world of marching music. Yes, marching in a drum corps is great experience, but for many, the effort of marching leaves little time for learning.

With this in mind, The Cadets will be offering MARCHING BAND FOR DRUM CORPS MUSIC MAJORS, a two day workshop featuring instruction from The Cadets team of instructors as well as a few special guests.

The clinic will be held Saturday, May 15 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh in Johnstown, Pa.

What you need to know:

Cost - Free for Cadets members and alumni, $49 for US Scholastic Band Association member band directors and 2010 Cadets staff, $99 for all other participants.

Housing - Dormitories of the University of Pittsburgh in Johnstown, Pa. 

Food - Provided by The Cadets, corps' style

Transportation - Cadets admin team will pick up and drop off those arriving at Pittsburgh airport;
Directions by car will be forthcoming

Curriculum - An overview weekend of the world of marching band with featured sections including:

  • Programming for small and large bands
  • Selecting a staff (if you have the money to do so)
  • You and your band parents association
  • How do we get bands to play together outside?
  • What do you need to know about percussion?
  • What do you need to know about colorguard?
  • What do you need to know about woodwinds?
  • What equipment should I use, how much does it cost and where do I get it?
  • Why are drum lines too loud?
  • Stay in step, play in time and catch what you toss in the air! 

Here is a preview of some of the short lessons we will be presenting to the participants over these two days. Simple stuff, but good stuff, and in many cases, “stuff” that folks never had the chance to really learn.

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Four-mallet technique
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How to do a drop spin
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Mouthpiece buzzing

For clinic information and to register, contact Lance Britt, YEA! Director of Education and the Urban Arts Center, at lance@yea.org, or by telephone at (610) 821-0345. 

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