Section Leader Clinic

NEW: Virtual Clinics!




The Section Leader Clinic is ideal for beginners, advanced marchers, and section leaders. Over the course of this 4-day clinic at SWC Illinois, student leaders learn how to teach marching fundamentals, run music rehearsals, and assist their band directors with organization and administration. Leadership concepts are woven into the curriculum to develop students as individuals. Students will develop confidence, and learn how to become a valuable asset to their band, section, and director.


Develop your leaders

Over the course of 4 days, this clinic will show students how to teach and administer marching, music sectionals, and rehearsals all while gaining the training they need to become effective leaders.

Beginning to advanced

Beginning students walk away experienced and knowledgeable, trained and ready to contribute to their home band. The end goal is to provide concepts and tools in order to empower students within their own programs where they can apply and adapt their new understanding.




New and returning students will experience how to be great leaders in their ensembles through motivation, attitude, and team building concepts. Critical thought and problem-solving skills are the greatest tools for a leader and we push students to strive for a higher level or organization and dicipline.


Students will learn how to read drill charts and apply them to the field using measurements and the grid system. The pacing of a good rehearsal and how to clean both music and drill along with the process of teaching


Students will work on music fundamentals like tone production, dynamics, and intonation. The unification of musical expression throughout the ensemble and tips for the structure of running a rehearsal or sectional.

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

11:00 am Band Rehearsal

1:30 pm Music Rehearsal

3:45 pm Classes

6:30 pm Classes

8:30 pm Recreation Time

8:30 am Classes

12:15 pm Lunch

3:30 pm Break

5:15 pm Dinner

7:45 pm Classes conclude

11:00 pm Lights Out







Bob Medworth

Bob Medworth has been the band director at Northview High School (formerly Brazil HS) for 40 years. During that time his marching bands have been Indiana State Finalists 38 times and have won 10 state championships. His drum corps involvement as a marching technician and caption supervisor has included The Star of Indiana from 1987 – 1993, Carolina Crown from 2005 – 2008 and the Madison Scouts from 2010 to 2012 and is currently on the visual staff of the World Champion Bluecoats.



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!

Marching Band & Section Leader Illinois




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)





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Mahomet, IL 61853

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