July 7th - 10th



The Drumline Clinic is designed for students of all ability levels, and on every drumline instrument. Over the course of 4 days, students develop their musicianship and leadership skills. They are exposed to both the musical and visual elements of a high performing drumline, and spend time refining those aspects.


Tricks of the trade

With "Chop Out Sessions", Learn the techniques to build stamina and endurance on your instrument in a high energy setting.

Warm ups

Learn fundamentals, excercises, and warmups to pop music tracks. All students will be given music packets and MP3's to drum along with at the clinic.




Students will work on instrument specific packets that cover Matched Snare Drum Grip, Traditional Snare Drum Grip, Tenor Drum, Bass Drum, 2 Mallet Keyboard, and 4 Mallet Keyboard Techniques.


Learn percussion specific marching techniques like  the standard roll-step, crab-step, backward-step, and toe-down technique. Visual exercises go hand-in-hand with our music click tracks. When you go home you can work on the music, the visual, or the total package.

Body Movement

Students are shown posture that promotes good playing technique. We will teach the most efficient way to stand, setup your drums, and carry yourself. Walk away with body movement and choreography that can be plugged into any marching band show.


Leave camp with strategies and teaching skills to share what you have learned with your drumline back home. Rehersal etiquette, equipment care, and positive motivation all goes into being an effective member of a drumline.

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

7:15 am Breakfast

12:15  pm Lunch

3:30 pm Break

6:30 pm Classes

8:30 pm Recreation Time

8:30 am Warm-ups and Class

1:30 pm Classes

5:15 pm Dinner

7:45 pm Classes conclude

11:00 pm Lights Out





7th - 10th


Matt Black

Matthew has had the privilege of teaching ensembles in the Drum Corps International, Bands of America, and Winter Guard International circuits such as Carmel, Ben Davis, Kennesaw Mountain, and Carrollton High School. He directed the Singapore Youth Band in 2015 and taught the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps from 2013-2015. Matthew is currently a snare technician at Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, and Cavaliers Indoor Percussion Ensemble. Matthew is also currently the Percussion Director at Marian Catholic High School.



in Residence

We will have a Drum Corps on campus this July! All students and directors will get a clinic with the staff and members while attending on the days they are on campus.

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.



For parents, friends, and directors, closing ceremonies will be held at O’Brien stadium on Eastern Illinois' campus. Come and enjoy the performance and celebration of awards!

July 10, 10:00 -11:30 AM



Eastern Illinois University - Charleston IL

July 7th - 10th 2020


Includes all instruction, and lunch and dinner each day



Includes all instruction,

housing, and meals



Includes housing and all meals

(For sponsors, bus drivers, directors, or coaches not taking classes)





P.O. Box 859

Mahomet, IL 61853


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SW Clinics maintains the right to alter, reassign, and adjust curriculum based on circumstances at any time.