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Founded in 1949, Smith Walbridge was the first camp in the United States to specialize in¬†instruction related to various marching band activities.¬† Last July over 1100 directors, high / middle school and college students from¬†37 states and four countries traveled to¬†Smith Walbridge¬†to learn from nationally famous clinicians and instructors,¬†proven master teachers and mentors. The rich history, traditions and philosophies at SWC have endured for 63 years, which is a testament to the quality of the programs. The Smith Walbridge experience is unique and special because of the high energy and positive style of teaching.¬† The world class staff and instructors create an atmosphere which feels much like¬†home.¬† Many new friends¬†are made resulting in a strong fraternal bond among all participants and staff.¬† They all share one common purpose which is to set higher goals and discover¬†processes to achieve them.¬† The Smith Walbridge motto, System + Spirit = Success¬†has endured and¬†rewarded those¬†who practice its concepts! SWC is hosted at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
The new 2016 edition is here and Barry Houser's The Drum Major Chapter got a nice redesign. The System‚ÄďMarching Band Methods by Gary E. Smith is the quintessential marching band instruction textbook intended for music students, drum majors, colorguard, college