Mace & Signal Baton Clinic

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The Smith Walbridge Mace & Signal Baton Workshop is specialized for drum majors. Teaching focuses on showmanship, using a mace or various types of signal batons. Students are encouraged to develop their own style by adapting the fundamentals they learn at the workshop.  Instructors demonstrate how this is accomplished. The workshop is ideal for both high school and college drum majors, but anyone may attend!


See the results

As you progress through the Mace & Signal Baton Clinic, you will be able to see the progress you make over the course of the weekend clinic. Also, guest performers will demonstrate the potential of what hard work and practice can produce. 

Taught by the best

Students will be instructed by some of the greatest spinning performers and music educators. All of the instructors are products of our program.



3 Levels of Instruction

With beginning, intermediate, and advanced tacks, all students will feel comfortable learning and perfecting the performance art of mace and signal batons.


Combine the fundamentals to create your own routines and salutes. Learn tricks that will wow an audience and bring your performance to greater heights.

Equipment Used

The Mace & Signal Baton Clinic provides training in the use of the American Mace, Military Batons, and Signal Batons.

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

12:00 pm Lunch

5:00 pm Dinner

7:45 pm Classes conclude

11:00 pm Lights Out

8:30 am Classes

1:30 pm Classes

6:30 pm Classes

8:00 pm Recreation Time







Darren Hicks

Darren Hicks received his bachelors and masters degrees in Music Education as well as a masters degree in Educational Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois. He taught in Galesburg, Illinois for nine years before coming to Urbana, Illinois in the fall of 2004. Darren is currently the Director of Bands at Urbana High School and the Music Coordinator for the Urbana School District. 


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)





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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.