System Blue Virtual Workshop

  • Educational Events
  • Leadership
  • Percussion
  • Color Guard

July 23–24, 2020 – via Zoom


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

Individual advance registration: $79

Price includes:

  • Instruction and materials
  • T-shirt (via mail...limited supply so register early!)

Group rates available. Contact lbraatz@systemblue.org for groups of 10 or more. For general inquiries, contact education@systemblue.org.


System Blue Educational Virtual Workshops are split into three different tracks, covering the topics of Color Guard, Battery Percussion, Front Ensemble Percussion, and Leadership. So, whether you want to improve your spinning, drumming, or leadership abilities – we have the finest educators lined up and ready to help you take your skills to the next level! And keep in mind, our leadership track isn’t meant ONLY for current section leaders, captains, or drum majors, but ALSO for those who aspire to become leaders. No prior training or experience of any kind is necessary to be a part of System Blue Leadership!

Featured instructors include Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, TJ Doucette (Color Guard Caption Head), Scott Johnson (Percussion Arranger/Caption Head), Brian Dinkel (Front Ensemble Arranger/Caption Head), Frank Troyka (System Blue Director of Education), Todd Ryan (Visual Caption Head), John Meehan and Dr. Chip Crotts (Brass Caption Heads), and many more.

You’ll also have an opportunity to meet and chat with members of the current Blue Devils leadership team across all sections. This is a fantastic opportunity to ask them for insider tips on how to become a member of the Blue Devils or how best to prepare for any upcoming audition.

Sessions will run from 10am to 3:30pm (Pacific time) both days, and will include breaks and a lunch break in the middle.

This is a virtual event using Zoom. Please make sure you have the ability to connect using that platform. Learn more about the Zoom platform and prerequisites at zoom.us

After purchasing your ticket, you will recieve instructions on how to register for the Zoom meeting.

All times are shown in Pacific time
Thursday, July 23
10:00 am
Welcome and Overview
10:20 am
Session
11:10 am
Break
11:20 am
Session
12:00 pm
Lunch
12:30 pm
Session
1:20 pm
Break
1:30 pm
Session
2:20 pm
Break
2:30 pm
Meet the Blue Devils
3:00 pm
Wrap-up
3:30 pm
Day 1 Concludes
Friday, July 24
10:00 am
Welcome and Overview
10:10 am
Session
10:30 am
Session
11:20 am
Break
11:30 am
Session
12:20 pm
Lunch
12:50 pm
Session
1:40 pm
Break
1:50 pm
Session
2:40 pm
Break
2:50 pm
Final Wrap-up and Q&A
3:30 pm
Day 2 Concludes

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 may include:

  • 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.

Agenda

Led by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Frank Troyka, Todd Ryan, John Meehan, Dr. Chip Crotts, James Rocillo, Peter Beckhart, and Kristen Lichtenthal.

  • Four Critical Attributes of Effective Leaders
  • Functions of an Effective Leadership Team in a COVID-19 Environment
  • Marching Fundamental Techniques
  • Staying Composed for your Performance
  • Meet the Blue Devils Leaders
  • Wind Musicianship (Percussion & Guard Leaders in respective sessions)
  • Understanding Followers
  • Drum Major Breakout: Conducting Technique
  • Movement & Choreography Session
  • Drum Major Breakout: Rehearsal Techniques
  • Taking It All Home

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 may include:

  • 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

Battery Percussion Agenda

Led by Scott Johnson, Nick Arce, Rudy Garcia, and Grayson Hueser, with additional sessions from John Meehan, Peter Beckhart, Frank Troyka, and Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser.

  • Stroke Technique & Universal Concepts
  • Multiple Snare Technique Sessions
  • Multiple Tenor Technique Sessions
  • Multiple Bass Technique Sessions
  • Drum with Scojo
  • Staying Composed for your Performance
  • Meet the Blue Devils Drum Line
  • Movement & Choreography for Percussion
  • Leadership for the Rest of Us

Front Ensemble Agenda

Led by Brian Dinkel, with additional sessions from John Meehan, Peter Beckhart, Frank Troyka, and Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser.

  • Solo Literature: Developing Your Sense of Musicality
  • Design/Technology - Orchestration Techniques
  • Establishing a Technical Foundation
  • Design/Technology - Setting Yourself Up for Success
  • Drum with Scojo
  • Staying Composed for your Performance
  • Meet the Blue Devils Front Ensemble
  • An In-depth Look at How the Blue Devils 2019 Front Ensemble Show Was Built
  • Developing Your Sense of Style/Performance
  • Design/Technology - Introduction to MainStage
  • Leadership for the Rest of Us
  • Creating a Front Ensemble Culture

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 may include:

  • Extensive overview of 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

Agenda

Led by TJ Doucette, Robby Jacobson, David Ziehm, and Jazz Legaspi, with additional sessions from John Meehan, Peter Beckhart, Frank Troyka, and Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser.

  • Warm-up & Movement
  • Flag Technique Introduction
  • Multiple Beginning Flag Technique Sessions
  • Multiple Intermediate/Advance Flag Technique Sessions
  • Multiple Beginning Rifle Technique Sessions
  • Multiple Intermediate/Advanced Rifle Technique Sessions
  • Saber Technique Session
  • Staying Composed for your Performance with John Meehan
  • Meet the Blue Devils Color Guard
  • Leadership for the Rest of Us