Show programming clinic set for Feb. 16 in Central Pennsylvania

What works, what doesn't? Veteran programmer Hopkins lends advice

Band directors and their creative teams are in the thick of it! Pulling together ideas, concepts, music and designs for the fall marching band season. We know it’s not easy, and often even the best laid plans don’t quite turn out on the field as you had hoped!

[object Object]Let the years of experience – and trials and triumphs - of George Hopkins and Eric Kitchenman help you out! As Director and Program Coordinator of The Cadets Drum Corps, Hopkins can provide some insight and guidance of what might, or might not work on the performance field. Already, three well-attended clinics have been held in Northern Virginia and New Jersey, and the duo are preparing to head to Harrisburg, Pa., for the next session.

Feb. 16, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Red Land High School
560 Fishing Creek Road
Lewisberry, Pa., 17339

The cost is FREE to USSBA bands at this time, and for non USSBA bands, the fee for the evening is $150 per person.  Anyone is welcome to attend, although the target may be the band directors, assistants and even adjunct staff.  

If you plan to attend, please send the following to George Hopkins at 

Your Name
Name of your school
Number attending

If you need any additional information, please contact Kitchenman at (610) 821-0345, Ext. 124.

A little insight from the first three sessions held in Northern Virginia and New Jersey:

“The focus was primarily the does and don’ts of programming,” said Kitchenman, long time programmer in the marching arts and Director of Educational Outreach for Youth Education in the Arts. “George used his lifetime of experience with The Cadets to show the range of possibilities in how to collect process and communicate show design.  He showed examples of many clips both from The Cadets over the years and last year’s band programs to demonstrate his points.  Needless to say it was two and a half hours of rich information that is hard to put a price on. “

Some key points that were covered:

  • From a judges’ perspective – what works?
  • Identity and how to establish it
  • Programming and its development
  • Looking at real time programming  (Cadets 2011)
  • Drill design and its impact
  • Spread sheets, flow chart
  • Three key factors to success: Play together, stay in step, and if you throw it, catch it!



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