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Marching Percussion 101: Marching Fundamentals

Marching Fundamentals

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: Preconditioning

Getting fit before marching rehearsals begin can prevent injuries and provide a better overall look to the marching sections

Video 2: Instrument Height and Posture

Covering: Adjusting the instruments to the proper height, correct implement position, posture and how to establish intervals between players

Video 3: Marking Time

The fundamentals behind a relaxed mark time

Video 4: Forward & Backward Marching Technique

How to march forward and backward with the proper technique

Video 5: The Crab Step

Find out how drummers use this technique when marching in a sideways motion. Including a “box drill” exercise.

Video 6: Oblique Marching Techniques

When to cross in front or in back when using the crab step.

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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