What happens at the event?

Each high school group has 25 minutes to perform and be critiqued by the clinicians. The music performed is left to the discretion of each individual group. Along with this, the clinicians will give a clinic on performance/rehearsal techniques. The MSU Drumline and Percussion Ensemble will also perform.

Each drumline will receive a video of their performance/clinic.

What should our drumline play?

That is completely up to you. This can vary from an exercise program to music from the fall halftime show. Cadences, indoor drumline shows, etc. are all possibilities. The clinicians will have things to say about each percussion piece/exercise in terms of technique and musical concepts that apply.

Should we bring our pit?

Yes! If you have a pit (front ensemble) in your percussion section, you are welcome to bring them to participate. There is plenty of room for any set-up. Please just check this on the registration form so we can accommodate.

Are there any performance opportunities for small ensembles or soloists?

We do have a solo / ensemble festival! An ensemble could be a bass drum section playing an ensemble, or a group of players playing a concert percussion ensemble. A soloist could play a published or original solo. A solo/ensemble does not necessarily need to be rudimental! At least one performer / group will be chosen to play on stage towards the end of the day. Please email Jon Weber @ drumline@msu.edu if you have any questions!

What should our group do when we are done?

The clinic is open to the public, and the students are definitely encouraged to attend as much as they can. This is an opportunity for the students to see what other high schools do, as well as see the other clinics that day.

Is this a competition?

No. This event offers the students a good performance opportunity and feedback from great percussionists. There are no scores or ratings.

What is the section clinic?

The section clinic is an hour-long clinic given by each section of the MSU Drumline. This is a chance for every person attending to play with members of the MSU Drumline! This will be held outdoors, so please dress accordingly.

If you have additional questions please email drumline@msu.edu