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UW Drumline Clinics

Would your high school program like to have the UW Drumline in town for a clinic?

Every year, the UW Drumline is available to do few clinics during the late winter/early spring months at various schools in the northwest. If you'd like more information on how to bring us to your neck of the woods, don't hesitate to contact us.

Our goal with any clinic we conduct is to educate, entertain, and engage students in the marching percussion activity. We believe ‘hands-on’ teaching builds a personal relationship, as well as a shared experience, between the UW members and the students attending the clinic.

Past clinics include Shorecrest HS, Lake Stevens HS, Jackson HS, Mark Morris HS, as well as a special appearance for every school in the Tri Cities held at Pasco HS in Pasco, WA.

The following three options are examples of content for clinics performed by the University of Washington Drumline (we're very flexible and will tailor it however you'd like, though):

Option #1

The first option follows our standard formula for conducting a clinic. Most locations we hold our clinics in do not allow for any marching, so we focus primarily on music, and how we prepare, learn, and perform as an ensemble.

  • Introduction
    • Play “Drum Yell” (UW Band Fight Song Sequence)
    • Nick and Steve introduce themselves and the ensemble.
  • Full Ensemble Demonstration 
    • Play through Warm-up sequence.
    • Discuss basic rehearsal setup, process, and techniques.
  • Individual Section Demonstration
    • Each section plays through their warm-up piece. Members introduce themselves.
    • Discuss our approach to each instrument.
  • Musical Demonstration
    • Full ensemble plays through musical selection from a half-time   show of the previous season.
    • Discuss rehearsal process for preparing music.
    • Individual section demonstration of parts.
    • Discuss how each section musically contributes to the ensemble.
    • Demonstration of how we use Virtual Drumline and Finale.
    • Discuss how we arrange music that is appropriate for our half-time shows.
  • Entertainment Value
    • Full ensemble plays through a few cadences.
    • Discuss our role in the UW Band, and our philosophy in achieving a high-level musicianship and entertainment value for our audiences.
  • Master Classes 
    • UW members teach master classes to students on their respective instruments.
    • Everyone reconvenes, and plays through warm-ups and musical pieces learned in master classes.
  • Closing
    • Closing comments from Nick and Steve.
    • “One Time” (Traditional UW Band End of Rehearsal)

 

Option #2

This option follows much the same goals of the first option, but meant to be executed in a much shorter amount of time. Time constraints sometimes play a part in the amount of content in the clinic, so we leave out individual section demonstrations, and the musical demonstration focuses on rehearsing efficiently and effectively.

  • Introduction
    • “Drum Yell”
    • Nick and Steve introduce themselves and the ensemble.
  • Full Ensemble Demonstration
    • Play through Warm-up sequence.
    • Discuss basic rehearsal setup, process, and techniques.
  • Musical Demonstration
    • Full ensemble plays through musical selection from a half-time   show of the previous season. Members introduce themselves.
    • Discuss how our ensemble functions during the season, and how it relates to how we prepare music.
    • Full ensemble sight-reading of selected piece.
    • Demonstrate and discuss how we rehearse efficiently and effectively.
  • Master Classes
    • UW members teach master classes to students on their respective instruments.
    • Everyone reconvenes, and plays through warm-ups and musical pieces learned in master classes.
  • Entertainment Value
    • Full ensemble plays through a few cadences.
    • Discuss our role in the UW Band, and our philosophy in achieving a high-level musicianship and entertainment value for our audiences.
  • Closing
    • Closing comments from Nick and Steve.
    • “One Time”

 

Option #3

When given the available space, we include a visual element into our clinics. This option includes demonstrations of both visual body movement, and marching fundamentals. The musical demonstration uses a prepared long-form street beat instead of a musical excerpt, but still covers how we prepare and rehearse. Given the amount of time used for the visual demonstration, the ‘Entertainment Value’ section is not included.

  • Introduction
    • “Drum Yell”
    • Nick and Steve introduce themselves and the ensemble.
  • Full Ensemble Demonstration
    • Play through Warm-up sequence.
    • Discuss basic rehearsal setup, process, and techniques.
  • Individual Section Demonstration
    • Each section plays through their warm-up piece. Members introduce themselves.
    • Discuss our approach to each instrument.
  • Marching and Visual Demonstration
    • Demonstrate visual movements with music.
    • Discuss the visual elements of the ensembles, and the development and use of body movement.
    • Full Ensemble marching basics and exercises.
    • Discuss how we approach our marching fundamentals.
  • Musical Demonstration
    • Full ensemble plays through a Street Beat.
    • Discuss rehearsal process for preparing music.
    • Individual section demonstration of parts.
    • Discuss how each section musically contributes to the ensemble.
  • Master Classes
    • UW members teach master classes to students on their respective instruments.
    • Everyone reconvenes, and plays through warm-ups and musical pieces learned in master classes.
  • Closing
    • Closing comments from Nick and Steve.
    • “One Time”

 

Thank you very much for your interest in having the UW Drumline conduct a clinic for your students. Again, these options are simply general outlines for potential clinics, and we are flexible to the needs of any given school. If you have any special requests or concerns, please feel free to contact us at your convenience.

Go Dawgs!

Instructors Nick Molenda and Steve Henry

 

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