The 6-day program with a staff of over 28 instructors enables us to not only train great teachers, conductors, and leaders but also drum majors capable of serving as assistant band directors. The power of positive attitudes, high energy, and natural enthusiasm is integrated into the Smith Walbridge “System,” often imitated, but never matched.
Live the legacy
SWC is the nation’s first drum major camp, founded in 1952. There is a consistent teaching philosophy which is preserved year after year.
Build your foundation
Based strongly in fundamentals, we guide students to develop their own unique style compatible within their bands. The result is individual creativity, identity, and diversity.
New and returning students will learn conducting concepts with three levels of curriculum from beginner to advance. Score study is incorporated into conducting session taught by collegiate professors in music education.
Through every portion of our clinic, students learn the process of teaching. They have hands on experience teaching in small group settings, receive individual feedback, review videos of their own teaching moments after executing it, and grasp how to better communicate with their peers.
With three styles of marching - Traditional Chair Step, Corps Glide Step, and Mace Glide Step - students will be taught the fundamentals of drill design and execution. Cleaning drill in large and small settings with a full band and break-out squads.
All students are encouraged to bring their individual style and personality to their performances with salutes and showmanship opportunities. Squads will also collaborate to write drill and compete in squad comps.
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
10:00 am Squad Practice
12:00 pm Lunch
2:45 pm Break-Out Sessions
5:00 pm Dinner
8:30 pm Recreation Time
8:00 am Band Lab Field Rehearsal
11:00 am Conducting Class
1:20 pm Conducting Class
3:45 pm Squad Competition
6:30 pm Full Group Activities
11:00 pm Lights Out
Barry Houser is the Associate Director of Bands, Director of the Marching Illini, and Director of the Fighting Illini Athletic Bands where his responsibilities include conducting the Hindsley Symphonic Band, the Athletic Bands, and the 375 member Marching Illini in addition to teaching marching band procedures.
The World Stage
Drum Majors! The Macy's Great American Marching Band is looking for an SWC Drum Major to lead their band this Thanksgiving in New York! Each year, because of your stellar look, prideful spirit, and habit of excellence, Macy's has asked Smith Walbridge Clinics to select a Drum Major for their feature band in the Thanksgiving Day Parade! It is truly an honor to participate, and the SWC Drum Majors have always delivered!
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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.
Eastern Illinois University - Charleston IL
Canceled - 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)
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!
Drum Major Session 1
Drum Major Session 2