Tips Posts

Tips for Indoor Drumline – Warming Up Outside

This weekend is the only IPA show of the season that requires an outside warmup.  Those groups who have performed in Dayton for WGI Championships or participate in circuits in warmer regions of the country know this is a normal process.  The outside extended warmup can be very beneficial to preparing for the large arena environment.  But for those who have not gone through that process before, here are some tips to make sure the experience is smooth and beneficial for everyone.

That’s why they call it “Winter Drumline”

Photo by Justin Ramirez

Although it is “officially” Spring, the Indiana Percussion Association was thrown a snowball this past weekend for State Prelims day.  A band of blizzard-like conditions came roaring through central Indiana, in a narrow stretch that beat up on some areas, but left much of the state untouched without a single snowflake.  The IPA executive board did an excellent job staying on top of the weather conditions, communicating to school directors, and making decisions for the safety of all involved.  Ultimately, both show sites (Avon and Decatur Central) had to cancel midway through the day, as it became obvious the weather band was going to continue to sit right over the contest sites and not let up.  Everyone packed up quickly and headed home while there was still daylight.

The IPA board announced on Sunday that all units would be performing state finals day, and they are currently working on the schedule, which will be available HERE as soon as it’s announced.  If you plan to attend, please remember to stop by the Chops Percussion booth and say hi!

Thank you again to the IPA board for their tireless efforts, volunteering their time to make decisions in the best interest of everyone involved!

Indoor Percussion Tips: Getting On and Off the Floor

Now that most of you are getting into the contest portion of your indoor season, you find yourselves rehearsing your group on the basics of getting on and off the competition floor in a swift and stress-free manner. Some groups struggle with this aspect of the show day, and that can have a negative impact on the most important part of the day – your performance.  I have a unique perspective on this topic.  Being a Timing & Penalties judge for the Indiana Percussion Association (IPA), I get to see many groups enter and exit.  Here are a few tips that you can use to make sure you’re ready for a quick and efficient entrance and exit:

2018 IMEA Professional Development Conference

If you’re attending the IMEA conference this week, here’s a list of performances and clinics with percussion interest you should check out!  Make sure to stop by the Chops Percussion and Paige’s Music display booth and say hello!

Performing Groups

Goshen Jazz Ensembl Friday 1/12, 11:00am
IU Jazz Ensemble Friday 1/12, 2:30pm
Creekside Middle School Friday 1/12, 2:30pm
Carmel High School Friday 1/12, 3:30pm
Day of Percussion: Brazilian Batucada Saturday 1/13, 9:00am
Concord HS Percussion Saturday 1/13, 10:00am
Decatur Central HS Percussion Saturday 1/13, 1:00pm
ISU Wind Ensemble Saturday 1/13, 3:30pm

All State Honor Ensembles

All State Jazz Band Friday 1/12, 12:00pm
Junior All State Band Saturday 1/13, 9:00am
All State Honor Band Saturday 1/13, 11:00am
All State Percussion Ensemble Saturday 1/13, 12:00pm

Clinic Sessions with Percussion Interest

Friday 1/12:
11:00am How Loud is too Loud?  A Guide to Protecting Hearing (Katrin Meidell)
12:00pm What’s in YOUR Percussion Toolbox? (Chris Crockarell, Chris Brooks)
1:00pm Musicians that happen to play Percussion (Chad Kohler)
3:30pm Put Your Marching Show on the Field in Record Time (Brad Wadkins)
Saturday 1/13:
8:00am Beginning Percussion 101 (Clayton Henady)
8:00am Common Matched Grip Problems for Beginning Percussionists (Kyle Lutes)
9:00am Get a Better Snare Drum Sound in 50 Minutes or Less (Bill Shaltis)
11:00am Using the Kinesthetic Sense to Improve Accuracy of Marimba Performance
1:00pm Engaging Students in Creating Music through Drum Circle Facilitation (K. Michelle Lewis)
1:00pm Finale 101
2:30pm Simplicity in Percussion Composition

Full details and registration can be found at imeamusic.org.

 

2017 Indiana Percussion Association Clinic Day, I&E Competition

 

WHAT: 2017 Indiana Percussion Association Clinic Day and I&E Competition

WHEN: Saturday, December 9th, 9am-4pm (on-site registration begins at 8am)

WHERE: Plainfield High School

HOW: On-line registration is NOW OPEN!  On-site registration the day of the clinic will begin at 8am. Cost will be $15/person pre-registration or $20 at the door. Lunch is not included but the Plainfield Band Boosters will have lunch concessions available.

Clinic Day Group Registration: https://tinyurl.com/y9frohml

This educational clinic day is an opportunity for all percussion students in Indiana to learn from several professional musicians and clinicians.

STUDENT CLINICS & PERFORMANCE SESSIONS: