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Boston Crusaders March with Jupiter, Mapex & Majestic Mt. Juliet, TN–February, 2011 – The legendary Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps of Boston, Massachusetts have elected to perform exclusively on Jupiter Quantum series brass, Mapex Quantum ...
The Basics of Teaching Technique and Musicianship to the Non-Mallet Player
Daniel BryanPitopia Percussion
Many bands run into the same problem at the start of band camp when it comes to the front ensemble: My best mallet players graduated last year, and the junior high “percussionists” are all headed for the drumline. I’ve got my principa ...
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The Positive Benefits of Indoor Percussion Competition
by Daniel P. Fyffe, Director of Bands, Franklin Central High School
I must admit, when I decided to enter my unit into indoor competition with Winter Guard International (WGI), I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. “Would this be too muc ...
The Perfect Crash
Dan ArmstrongProfessor of Percussion, Penn State UniversitySponsored by SabianFor More Information Please Visit http://www.sabian.com/en/
How do you play a basic crash? First, I think it’s important to have a pre-conceived idea about what sound should be produced when the cymbals are brought together. We usually use the word “ ...
Holding Auditions for Your Marching Percussion Section
Dartmouth Public Schools
Whether you are getting ready for marching band or the indoor season, the process of setting your high school line can be difficult. You need to make sure you assign the right players to each of the various instruments. Proper instrument assignment will not only give individua ...
Marching Snare Tuning
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STEP 1: PREPARATION Remove the old head and completely clean the entire drum shell and hoop (rim). Make sure that the bearing edge (lip) is smooth and clean at the point of contact with the head. Remove dirt and old lubricant from the tension rod ...
Avoid Air Pocket Crashes with Cymabls
Easy tip to avoid catching an air pocket when playing crashes!
Whether you are in an orchestral or marching setting, you are at risk of what we call “catching air” when you crash your cymbals together. When “catching air” happens, the cymbals come together evenly on the edges (refer ...
Where the rubber meets the road!
The old adage, “where the rubber meets the road,” refers to the tires on an automobile as they spin on the road. In other words, that is where it all happens. That is what counts. That is when the automobile proves its worth.
To further explain…When a car has been in ...
Structuring a Marching Percussion Warm-up Package
A band director friend of mine once mentioned that he considered buying heavy overcoats for his drumline each year because it seemed they always needed to warm-up. It’s true that most drumlines could manage an entire rehearsal just warmimg-up and I’ve seen early season drumline festi ...
Playing the Bass Drum Musically
By Dr. Tom Morgan
In this first article, I would like to address a common problem among young percussionists: proper bass drum performance technique.
To begin, we need to consider what the musical purpose of the bass drum is in an ensemble. The bass drum is the lowest sound in the percussion section. Whether it is played re ...
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Educational Philosophies for Marching Percussion(and life)
After teaching marching percussion at the high school, college, and top 12 D.C.I. levels as well as band directing at the junior high and college levels, there are a number of teaching philosophies that I have found to be extremely valuable. For the most part, these ideas can be useful ...
Don't Forget the Auxiliary ! - Part 4
Don Sumwalt, Woodwind & Brasswind
This is the last part in a four part series examining the importance of proper auxiliary percussion in large ensemble performance. The instruments suggested are a basic inventory recommended for all band programs. Within the world of percussion instruments, this inventory can be au ...
Don't Forget the Auxiliary! - Part 3
Don Sumwalt, Woodwind & Brasswind
This is Part 3 in a four part series examining the importance of proper auxiliary percussion in large ensemble performance. The instruments suggested are a basic inventory recommended for all band programs. Within the world of percussion instruments, this inventory can be augmented ...
Don't Forget the Auxiliary! - Part 2
Don Sumwalt, Woodwind and Brasswind This is Part 2 in a four part series examining the importance of proper auxiliary percussion in large ensemble performance. The instruments suggested are a basic inventory recommended for all band programs. Within the world of percussion instruments, this inventory can be augmented to ...
Don't Forget The Auxiliary! - Part One
Don Sumwalt, Woodwind and Brasswind
In the frantic race to prepare for upcoming festivals and contests, band directors have many issues on their mind. From scheduling extra rehearsals to working on specific passages in a particular piece of music, many items are placed on the list of Things to Do. One obvious area, wh ...