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Marching Percussion 101: Rehearsal Strategies

Rehearsal Strategies

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: How to Use a Metronome Effectively

Choosing a metronome and amplification system that works, where to place the metronome during ensemble rehearsals

Video 2: Establishing an Effective Warmup Routine

Recommendations for establishing a good technique program for the marching percussion section

Video 3: How to Teach New Music

Because of the difficulty involved in marching percussion parts, a strategy for teaching show music must be adopted to maximize rehearsal time

Video 4: Cleaning the Drumline

Time tested strategies for effectively cleaning percussion parts – including when and how to “water” parts

Video 5: The Heights System for Dynamics

An explanation of how and why the height system works for establishing a consistent look and sound for the drumline

Video 6: Tracking

Learn how tracking works with developing consistency of performance for the battery percussion

Video 7: Dutting

When, how and why to use vocal cues on the field

Video 8: Ensemble Timing Principals

Establishing a tight ensemble on the field requires more than being able to play together in an arc. Learn some basic principals for ensemble success

Video 10: Dealing with Percussion Arrangements

How to customize stock arrangements to suit your ensemble – and when/how to hire a dedicated percussion arranger

Video 11: Balancing the Ensemble

Suggestions on how to achieve a balanced sound between the marching percussion section and the winds – in a variety of venues

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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