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Marching Arts

Smith Walbridge hosts a variety of marching band related clinics serving high school students, undergraduate collegiate students, and directors. Founded in 1949, Smith Walbridge was the first marching band leadership camp of its kind.

Barry Houser, director

Expert Educators

Our staff features instructors from the top collegiate, DCI, and WGI programs from around the country. Your students learn from those who have created outstanding performances and know how to achieve high standards.

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Multi-Leveled Curriculum

No matter what skill level a student has, we meet them where they are at and take them to the next level. Each clinic has various levels of curriculum to help students build the fundamentals or challenge their ability.

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Impactful Leaders

We strive to develop student leaders that can help push their program to the next level when they return home. Our program develops leadership skills to help students communicate and positively affect their peers.



Drum Major Conducting

Drum Major

July 14-19 and July 21-26, 2024

Our Drum Major Clinic provides students with the skills they need to be great leaders.

Trombone student

Section Leader

July 9-12, 2024

Our Section Leader Clinic focuses on marching band techniques for all students and leaders.

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Drill Design

July 12-14, 2024

Our Drill Design Clinic is the perfect clinic for drill writers or designers looking to create the perfect show.

Teacher helping a student conductor

Student Conductor

July 12-14, 2024

Our Student Conductor Clinic focuses on the many elements that go into a strong student conductor.

Color Guard student spinning a sabre

Color Guard

July 9-12, 2024

Our Color Guard Clinic is the perfect clinic for new or advanced flag, rifle, and dance members.

Student spinning a mace

Mace & Signal Baton

July 19-21, 2024

Our Mace & Signal Baton Clinic teaches new and advanced students the art of mace performance.

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Drumline & Front Ensemble

July 9-12, 2024

Our Drumline & Front Ensemble Clinic is the perfect clinic for any marching percussionist. 

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July 9-12, 2024

Our Directors Clinic aims to teach new and experienced directors a inside and out view of Marching Band.

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The Tradition

Founded in 1949, Smith Walbridge was the first camp of its kind to host a variety of marching band related clinics serving high school, undergraduate collegiate, and directors. Our world-class staff creates a high energy and positive environment that focuses on concepts for students and directors to take home, apply or adapt to their own programs. The foundation of our philosophy is our motto,

System + Spirit = Success.


“I have been sending drum majors to Smith Walbridge Clinics for over ten years as a director in two communities in Illinois. There is no better place that can equip your students with leadership skills, pride and confidence, marching and conducting fundamentals, and an adaptive servant-leader philosophy than SWC!”

-- Matthew Bufis, Evanston High School, Evanston, IL --



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Smith Walbridge Clinics

P.O. Box 859

Mahomet, IL 61853

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Phone: (217)687-2005

Fax: (866)401-4406

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