System Blue Educational Event featuring the Blue Devils (Leadership and Color Guard)

Fresno, CA :: June 21–22, 2018

System Blue Educational Events provide an opportunity for students, educators, and fans alike to hone their performance, leadership, and teaching skills under the instruction of the finest educators in the marching arts.

Student Clinic: $160
Educator Workshop: FREE

Price includes:

  • Instruction and materials
  • Some meals (see schedule)
  • 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

Fresno, CA

(exact location TBD)

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

Thursday, June 21
11:00 am
Registration Opens
12:00 pm
Afternoon Session Starts
4:00 pm
Dinner Break (meal provided)
5:00 pm
Evening Session Starts
9:00 pm
Camp Ends for the Day
Friday, June 22
10:00 am
Session Starts
2:00 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

Color Guard Clinic

System Blue Color Guard clinics are for students who are enthusiastic about contemporary color guard technique and performance. The clinics are designed for beginner, intermediate, and advanced performers, ages 12 and up, and include instruction in movement, flag, rifle and sabre. Focus will be on establishing solid technique and applying it to individual skills and ensemble performance. Specific content includes:

  • Extensive overview of Blue Devils equipment technique
  • How to prepare for live performance
  • Exercises in creating consistency through technique
  • How to set proficiency goals and achieve them
  • Exploring improvisation
  • Exposure to diverse styles of choreography
  • Understanding and identifying performance quality
  • Tips on how to prepare for an audition

Instructional Staff


Leadership Clinic

System Blue Leadership Clinics are for students, ages 14 and up, in all sections of the marching band, including woodwind, brass, color guard, percussion, and drum majors. Each System Blue Leadership Clinic is designed to be highly experiential, and to give students tools and concrete strategies to help make an immediate difference when they return to their own bands. Specific content includes:

  • Procedures and strategies for effective peer teaching
  • How effective leaders communicate
  • The three components of leadership effectiveness
  • Seven levels of learning and awareness
  • Characteristics of high-quality leaders
  • Conducting skills (for drum majors). Note that System Blue Leadership Clinics do not address mace or military-style baton skills.

This year’s experience features an incredible opportunity to participate in Leadership sessions hosted by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, one of the most respected and sought after clinicians in music education.

Instructional Staff


Educator Workshop

System Blue events for educators are relevant, content-rich sessions intended to be of immediate use to educators and their students. They are also designed to integrate seamlessly with System Blue student events so that educators and students are prepared to work more closely immediately at the conclusion of the event.

Each year, a slate of presentation is created based, in part, upon directors’ suggestion from previous years. However, directors are highly encouraged to contact Frank Troyka, System Blue Director of Education, with any specific requests for session topics. He will work to create an opportunity to address your specific needs.

Educator session topics vary by event and include:

  • Understanding staging and timing
  • Contemporary trends in marching technique
  • Show design for bands of all sizes and levels of experience
  • Effective training and use of student leaders in rehearsal
  • Strategies and exercises to strengthen the percussion section
  • Adapting the Blue Devils marching technique for the high school band
  • Effective rehearsal technique and pacing
  • The Blue Devils approach to intonation in the outdoor environment

Instructional Staff