System Blue Educational Event featuring the Blue Devils (Percussion)

  • Educational Events
  • Percussion

Clovis, CA :: June 18–22, 2018

This event is a 5-day course for students who are enthusiastic about marching percussion (drum line and front ensemble). There is instruction for all ages and experience levels. The focus is on establishing a solid technical foundation and applying that to individual skills and ensemble performance demands.

Student Clinic: $200

Price includes:

  • Instruction and materials
  • Sticks
  • T-shirt
  • Admission to MidCal Champions Showcase
  • Access to discounted friends/family MidCal Champions Showcase tickets

Group rates: 5% discount for 5-9 people; 10% discount for 10-14 people. Groups of 15+ contact

Buchanan High School map
1560 N. Minnewawa
Clovis, CA 93619

HOUSING: This is a commuter camp. There are many good hotel options near the event site should you need overnight accommodations.

Monday, June 18
2:00 pm
Registration Opens
3:00 pm
Session Starts
6:00 pm
Camp Ends for the Day
Tuesday, June 19
3:00 pm
Session Starts
6:00 pm
Camp Ends for the Day
Wednesday, June 20
3:00 pm
Session Starts
6:00 pm
Camp Ends for the Day
Thursday, June 21
3:00 pm
Session Starts
6:00 pm
Camp End for the Day
Friday, June 22
12:30 pm
Session Starts
4:00 pm
Camp Ends
7:00 pm
MidCal Champions Showcase Begins
10:00 pm
Show Ends

Please bring a completed medical form with you to the event. You will not be able to participate in the event with out a medical form. If under 18, the form must be signed by your parent or guardian. Download the form

Maps and full event details: Download the full event packet

Percussion Clinic

System Blue Percussion Clinics are for students who are enthusiastic about marching percussion technique and performance. The clinics are designed for beginner, intermediate, and advanced performers, ages 12 and up, and include instruction on snare, tenor, and bass. Focus will be on establishing solid technique and applying it to individual skills and ensemble performance. Specific content includes:

  • Extensive overview of Blue Devils technique
  • How to prepare for live performance
  • Exercises in creating consistency through technique
  • How to set proficiency goals and achieve them
  • Exploring improvisation in tempo
  • Exposure to diverse styles of drumming
  • Q&A session with Scott Johnson and BD drum line
  • Tips on how to prepare for an audition

One of the unique and most exciting components of System Blue Educational Events is the personal interaction with the instructors and former members of the 17-time World Champion Blue Devils. At select multi-day drum clinics, students will have the chance to observe and interact with the Blue Devils drum line.

Instructional Staff

Scott Johnson

Scott's musical training began at the age of four when he began taking drum lessons from a local percussion instructor. At the encouragement of this instructor he became involved in the Drum and Bugle Corps activity. Before his fifth birthday, Scott joined the Red Knights Drum and Bell Corp. and later graduated to the Royalairs Drum and Bugle Corps. Scott remained with the unit until he joined the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps at age 18. He was a marching member in the Blue Devils snare line from 1976 through 1979. He became a member of the Blue Devil staff as a Percussion instructor from 1978 through 1989 and later rejoined the organization in 1994 as Director of Percussion and Percussion Arranger. Scott is also the former Percussion Arranger for Riverside Community College, as well as the arranger for Beatrix Drum Corp. from Holland, San Francisco Renegades Drum and Bugle Corps, and arranger for many drum corps and marching bands in the United States as well as in Japan.

During his time away from the Blue Devils, Scott was hired as Director of Percussion and Percussion Arranger for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps from 1991 through 1993, after one year as percussion consultant in 1990.

Personal awards include eighteen D.C.I. Gold medal championships, fourteen D.C.I. High Percussion titles, two W.G.I. Gold medal championships, three DCA Gold medal championships, two DCA High Percussion titles, ten DCE championships, nine DCE High Percussion titles, ten High Percussion titles in Japan, and 1977 D.C.I. & P.A.S. IndividualSnare champion.
Scott is very honored to have been inducted into the 2012 class of the DCI Hall Of Fame, the 2012 WGI Hall Of Fame, and the 2015 World Drum Corps Hall Of Fame.

Although the primary focus of his teaching career has been in the Drum Corps idiom, Scott has taught privately and arranged percussion scores at the elementary, junior, senior high, and university levels.

Scott's judging assignments have included numerous marching band and percussion competitions throughout the world, including P.A.S. championships, W.G.I. championships, South African Championships, Indonesia Championships, and the Bands of America Grand National Championships.

Scott is one of the most sought after Marching Percussion clinicians in the world today.
He has held numerous percussion clinics throughout the United States, Japan, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Indonesia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Australia, Italy, and China.

Scott's current endorsements:

* Drums and hardware: System Blue
* Sticks and mallets: Pro Mark
* Cymbals: Zildjian
* Drumheads: Evans
* Hand drums and Accessories: Meinl
* Electronic Percussion: Roland
* Ear protection: Earasers

Shawn Glyde

Joey Staab

Marching experience (all on snare drum)

-Clovis east highschool
-Fresno State Marching Band
-2010 mandarins
-2011 Blue Devils “B”
-2012 ‘13 ‘14 Blue Devils “A”.
-Vanguard indoor 2012, ‘13
-Niner Noise, Warriors Aftershock drumline and various BD”E” gigs

Teaching Experience:

-Clovis east Highschool: 2011-2014
-Reyburn Int. 2009-2014
-Enochs Highschool 2012-2013
-Wilcox Highschool 2014-2016
-Cupertino Highschool 2016-2017
-Leigh Highschool 2014-Present
-The Rhythm Academy of San Jose 2014-Present
-Pacific Crest 2016, 2018-Present

Currently the founder and CEO for “Off The Left”, a California LLC specializing in online resources, professional consultation, design and writing for the marching arts.

Race Krueger

Chris Perkins

Warren Taylor