Educational Event featuring the Blue Devils (Percussion only)

  • Educational Events
  • Percussion

Fresno, CA :: June 17–21, 2019


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.

Advance registration: $200
Late registration (starting June 12): $225

Price includes:

  • Instruction and materials
  • Some meals (see schedule)
  • One pair of System Blue sticks
  • T-shirt
  • Admission to MidCal Champions Showcase

Group rates available. Contact erik@systemblue.org for groups of 10 or more.


Clovis North High School map
2770 E International Ave
Fresno, CA 93730

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


  • Medical form – 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.
  • Event packet – This contains event information and a parking map. (updated 2019-06-18)

Monday, June 17
2:00 pm
Registration
3:00 pm
Afternoon Sessions
6:00 pm
End Of Day
Tuesday, June 18
3:00 pm
Afternoon Sessions
6:00 pm
End Of Day
Wednesday, June 19
3:00 pm
Afternoon Sessions
6:00 pm
End Of Day
Thursday, June 20
3:00 pm
Afternoon Sessions
6:00 pm
End Of Day
Friday, June 21
12:30 pm
Afternoon Sessions
4:00 pm
Event Concludes

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