Marching Arts Masterclass

Introducing the latest virtual offering from USBands Education – MasterClass for the Marching Arts ! This brand new, online learning tool offered through Varsity Performing Arts has been carefully curated for directors, instructors, and performers at any level and features instructional staff and designers from the 19-time World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps.

Throughout this exciting series, our renowned instructors will lead you through a discovery of design inspiration and caption-specific workshops that are guaranteed to take your marching program to the next level. You'll even have the opportunity to earn accredited professional development credits along the way!


Volume 1 features the following 6 courses:

Design – Scott Chandler (Blue Devils Program Coordinator & Choreographer)

An embracing discussion of Design and Program Coordination for the Marching Band and Drum Corps. From "Setting the Team" and "Discovery" to Music selection, Staging, and Choreography.

Rudimentary Color Guard Technique – TJ Doucette (Blue Devils Color Guard Caption Head)

Through conversation and demonstration, this course covers a multitude of topics including how to begin, how to train, development exercises, assembling a team, planning rehearsals, warm-ups, flags, weapons, tosses and spins.

Marching Percussion – Scott Johnson (Blue Devils Percussion Arrange & Caption Head)

From a wealth of experience comes this in-depth course on Marching Percussion. Topics include the power and importance of confidence, repetition, practice techniques, theories on how sound travels, the exercise program, and diddle and flam interpretation.

Rudimentary Snare Technique – Sean Clark (Blue Devils Percussion Instructor)

A comprehensive discussion and demonstration of percussion rudiments for the marching snare and beyond. Details extend into the mechanics, grip, feet placement, bounce strokes, exercises, and more.

Tenor Technique – Rudy Garcia (Blue Devils Percussion Instructor)

The umbrella course of Tenor technique. Demonstrations include grip, playing zones, 8 on a hand, double strokes, the accent tap grid, flam accents, multiple hands, and much more.

Rudimentary Marching Technique – Todd Ryan (Blue Devils Visual Caption Head)

This course provides expert knowledge through conservation and demonstration of the "Basics" in Corps Style Marching. From the broad strokes of planning and strategic overview to the details of marching time, posture, roll step, lateral movement, and more.

Whether you're just getting started or looking to take your skills to the next level, we're here to help you on your journey. Register now, exclusively through Band Connection, Powered by Varsity University, and get started today. PS – Be on the lookout for Volume 2 coming later this year featuring courses that cover a variety of new topics including Brass Arranging, Health & Wellness, Front Ensemble Design, and more!

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