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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. 

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



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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