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Drum Major Clinic At FGCU

The nation’s first Drum Major Camp founded in 1952


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SWC Drum Major First Class

The commission of the SWC Drum Major First Class¬ģ certification is the highest honor possible for a High School or College Drum Major. This prestigious certification is registered and is exclusively administered by the Smith Walbridge Drum Major Clinics.



At Smith Walbridge Drum Major Clinic there is a consistent teaching philosophy that is preserved year after year. ¬†Based upon a strong base of fundamentals, we guide students to develop their own unique style compatible with¬†their own bands.¬† The result is individual creativity, identity and diversity. The 5 day program and quality, experienced staff enable 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 enthusiasm¬†integrated into the Smith Walbridge ‚ÄúSystem,‚ÄĚ is often imitated, but never matched.¬† SW was the first drum major camp in the country and there exists a wonderful fraternal bond between its¬†graduates.



Drum Major 3 Styles

Incorporates a “chair step,” and the use of some type of baton

Incorporates a “glide step,”¬†without batons

Incorporates a “glide step,” and the use of a mace or signal baton



  • Two levels of formal conducting
  • Individual conducting assistance with personal music scores
  • Fundamentals & basic knowledge of drill design
  • Squad drills & evaluations with interactive leadership roles
  • Daily individual evaluations of fundamentals
  • Daily individual video recorded evaluations & commentary
  • Leadership & motivational techniques
  • Teaching & cleaning drill
  • Methods for teaching marching fundamentals
  • Music fundamentals pedagogy
  • Elective classes in the afternoon
  • Communication skills with directors
  • Salutes, choreography & showmanship
  • Mace/Signal Baton & multi-drum majoring

Closing award ceremonies are hosted on the last day at the Bower School of Music for parents, sponsors, directors and friends (see map).  Bring chairs/blankets as needed.  Free event.

More about facilities and free time activities can be found on our Facilities & Activities Page.


Clinic Dates Resident Commuter Non-Participant Check In Times
Drum Major Clinic June 11-15, 2017 $495 $395 $350 June 11 ‚Äst11am-NOON

Resident fee includes: Instruction, housing, and all meals

Commuter fee includes: Instruction, lunch, and dinner

Non participant:  Chaperones, parents, bus drivers, or anyone not taking classes



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