Marching Band Directors Clinic


The Marching Band Directors Clinic is comprehensive.  Several nationally famous clinicians present a wide variety of topics designed to expand knowledge and skills for band directors of all styles and sizes of bands.  The curriculum is appropriate for young directors looking for a “grass roots” resource, or for seasoned directors looking for new ideas.  The relaxed and informal atmosphere lends itself to exchanges of ideas and opportunities to discuss personal issues.  Optional college credit and Illinois CPDH units are offered.


  • Teaching fundamentals for flags and colorguard concerns
  • Basic teaching techniques for marching percussion
  • Rehearsal techniques for marching fundamentals
  • Music rehearsal techniques for marching band
  • Motivational and leadership concepts
  • Basic drill design techniques
  • Group psychology
  • Discussion groups, exchanging ideas and solutions to problems
  • Observation and discussion of video tapes of various marching bands
  • Percussion topics for band directors
  • Modern body movements and choreography
  • Special considerations for large and small bands
  • Recruitment, public relations and marketing ideas
  • Parade marching
  • Question & answer sessions with the experts
  • Solutions to typical marching band problems
  • How to teach and clean drill
  • Identifying and solving posture problems and stylistic inconsistencies


Workshop Dates Resident Commuter Non-Participant Check In Times
Marching Band Directors Clinic July 11-14, 2017 $375 $265 $215 July 11 – 9am-1:30pm

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

Optional Credits Price
 30 CPDH credits (Illinois only) $45
 1 or 2 Graduate Credits through VanderCook College of Music (course info click here)  $0 (credit cost through VanderCook applies)


  • FREE if sending 20 or more students to any Smith Walbridge Clinic
  • Group discounts are listed on our All Dates & Prices Page


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