System Blue Educational Event featuring the Blue Devils (Percussion)

Fresno, CA :: June 18–22, 2018

This event is a 5-day course for students who are enthusiastic about marching percussion (drumline 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

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.

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
1:00 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

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