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Marching Percussion 101: Care and Maintenance

Care and Maintenance

This series of video lessons will provide students and instructors alike with a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental techniques for the marching percussion section. From maintenance to performance techniques, Vic Firth’s PERCUSSION 101 will cover the essential skills necessary for today’s all-around percussionist.

The curriculum for this series was compiled by members of Vic Firth’s Collegiate Educator Program which includes some of the most influential university instructors in the country. Presented by Brian Mason and the Morehead State University Drumline, this series will help band directors and students master the fundamentals in order to become a great marching percussion section.

Video 1: Basic Maintenance Procedures

Brian Mason explains some of the most fundamental principals behind caring for the marching percussion instruments

Video 2: Dealing with Rain

How to properly dry the instruments and implements as well as strategies for dealing with rain in rehearsals and performances.

Video 3: Transporting the Front Ensemble

Suggestions for moving the front ensemble equipment. Including suggestions for frames, truck loading procedures and tracking small instruments.

Video 4: Regular Maintenance Procedures

Tips for keeping track of stand parts as well as stick tape recommendations.

MP101_warmup_packetFundamental Techniques for the Contemporary Marching Percussion Section

This warmup packet contains seven fundamental exercises for the marching percussion section. Covering basic strokes, timing, two height control and rolls, these exercises were specifically designed to provide the beginning to intermediate drumline with a solid foundation for building individual and ensemble technique.

Each exercise includes a full score and suggestions to help you and your students understand the basic techniques that are included. In addition, we have provided several options that may be used if students either find the exercise too difficult, or are looking for a challenge to enhance their skills.

Essential for any program who wants to build a strong marching percussion section!


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