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Drum Major Clinic

CLINIC

Information

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. 

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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.

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CURRICULUM

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Conducting

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.

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Teaching

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.

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Marching

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.

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Performance

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.

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

10:00 am Squad Practice

12:00 pm Lunch

2:45 pm Break-Out Sessions

5:00 pm Dinner

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

8:30 pm Recreation Time

11:00 pm Lights Out

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

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

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DATES

2 Session Offerings

JULY 9-14
2023

JULY 16-21
2023

CLINICIANS

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Barry Houser

Barry L. Houser is Associate Director of Bands, Director of the Marching Illini, Director of the Fighting Illini Athletic Bands, and Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Music at the University of Illinois. His responsibilities include conducting a variety of concert ensembles, the overall administration of the Athletic Bands consisting of the Volleyball Band, the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Bands, and serving as the director of the 375-member Marching Illini. He teaches undergraduate courses in instrumental .....

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LEAD ON

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!
CONTACT us for details!

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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PRICES

Eastern Illinois University - Charleston IL
July 9th-14th  or  July 16-21, 2023

COMMUTER

Includes all instruction, and lunch and dinner each day

$475

RESIDENT

Includes all instruction,

housing, and meals

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

$595

NON- PARTICIPANT

Includes housing and all meals

 

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

$345

  • 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.

CLOSING

Ceremonies

For parents, friends, and directors, closing ceremonies will be held at O’Brien stadium on the Eastern Illinois campus.

Come and enjoy the performance and celebration of awards! Spectators are expected to adhere to social distancing and CDC guidelines when attending closing ceremonies.

Drum Major Session 1

July 14, 2023 at 9:00 AM

Drum Major Session 2

July 21, 2023 at 9:00 AM

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