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Drill design clinic



The Drill Design Clinic is a hands-on experience focusing on class instruction and individual assistance in writing your own drill. The clinic is designed for beginners and experienced users of Pyware. For those with little or no experience, learn the fundamentals of using the Pyware software and basics of drill design techniques. For those who already know the basic of Pyware, the clinic expands upon the ins and outs of the software, and gain advice writing one’s own drill with the aid of a clinician. While computers will be provided in a lab, participants are encouraged to bring their own “Pyware 3D Interactive” loaded notebook computers for use during the clinic.

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Design your dream show

With full training and individualized instruction, participants will be able to create their own dream show using the power of Pyware software.

Tools of success

Participants of the Drill Design Clinic can purchase Pyware 3D software through SW Band Products at a discount!

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With a state-of-the-art computer lab, preloaded with Pyware, beginners to advanced users will find all the tools they require to create a jaw-dropping and dynamic show.


Individual Attention

Participants will receive individual attention on their shows and will gain constructive feedback to help bring them to the next level. Participants will also be given technical and design assistance to help them through special and individual situations. 


Optional Credits

  • $45 for 15 Illinois Continuing Professional Development Units

  • 1 Graduate credit through VanderCook College of Music (Click the link for more info. School/credit hour fees apply)

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JULY 12-14

Clinic Schedule

Below is an example of an average day schedule. For a more exact layout, go to our Information Documents page and download the PDF

6:45 am Breakfast

9:30 am Lab Time

1:30 pm Lecture | Discussion

5:00 pm Dinner

8:30 pm Sessions conclude

8:30 am Lecture | Discussion

12:00 pm Lunch

2:30 pm Lab Time

6:30 pm Lab Time

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Dr. Jonathan Sweet

Dr. Jon Sweet is the new Director of Athletic Bands at Washington State University. Before WSU, he served as Assistant Professor of Bands at Purdue University where he conducted the Concert Band, the Women’s Basketball Pep-Band, and was an Associate Director for the “All-American” Marching Band, where he was the drill designer. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky in 2019, where his dissertation focused on the genesis and analysis of John Mackey’s Wine-Dark Sea: Symphony ........

For Your Information

If you are in need or more information, please download our information PDF's for more details. If you have a question, you may want to see if there is already an answer on our FAQ page. If you are looking for transportation information, please go to our Transportation page.

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Eastern Illinois University - Charleston IL
July 12th-14th, 2024


Includes all instruction,

housing, and meals

(Staying with us on campus.  Most common selection.)



Includes all instruction, and lunch and dinner each day


  • What if I arrive late?
    No problem! If you arrive a little later than the check-in window for your clinic, you'll report to the front desk of Taylor Hall. They will alert a member of our administrative staff, who will assist you with checking in, moving in, and getting you to your starting location for your camp!
  • Where do I park?
    For clinic check-in and check-out (drop off and pick-up) park for free at Taylor Hall, OR across the street at the large parking lot. Signs will indicate lots at check-in and staff members will be outside for assistance. A detailed map is in our Information Packet. If the participant has driven him/herself, staff members will show you where to park after check-in (in the lot across the street from Taylor Hall). Those who will keep their cars at the camp will get a parking pass during check-in to display in their car after they have unloaded and parked for the clinic duration. Students 18 and under turn in their keys to a locked safe for the duration of the clinic, which is held by our administrative staff. Keys are returned at check-out. Smith Walbridge will not be responsible for those who get tickets when parking in area not approved for our staff and participants.
  • Can I stay one or multiple extra nights?
    Early arrival or late departure situations (usually to get cheaper air fares, or to arrive in time for class) are available for $30.00 per night. This cost does not include any meals, however, meals can be purchased in the cafeteria until the meals for your camp begin. Even as an early arrival, you are "with" the clinics. Those 18 and under may not leave the dorm grounds. As a general rule, extra nights are reserved for those traveling from out of state or by public transportation. You may stay up to one night early and/or one additional night late. Extra nights are not available on or after July 21, as the dorms will be closed. Call us to make arrangements at least one week in advance.
  • What public transportation options are available?
    These options are included in the Information Packet and on the Transportation page. Be sure to provide your information at least 5 days in advance of travel so we can schedule arrangements to pick you up and return you to your to your stations and terminals.


College Credit

Smith Walbridge Clinics partners with the VanderCook College of Music to offer 1 Graduate Credit to participants.  Registration with Vandercook and more information on can be found HERE. (Link disabled... will update Spring 2024.)

Illinois CPDH Credits

Smith Walbridge Clinics partners with the School of Music and the State Board of Education's vendor, Eastern Illinois University, to offer 15 Illinois CPDH credits to the participants of the Drill Design Clinic!  Sign up is available for selection during the online registration process.  A small administrative processing fee is required.

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