Smith Walbridge Directors Marching Band Workshop 2019: A Retrospective

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Smith Walbridge Marching Band Workshop

The Marching Band Workshop is a comprehensive learning experience featuring nationally known clinicians presenting a wide variety of topics designed to expand knowledge and skills for band directors of all styles and sizes of bands. This program is designed and monitored by an advisory board of active and participating band directors.  The curriculum is appropriate for young directors looking for a “grass roots” resource, or for seasoned directors looking for new ideas.  The relaxed and informal atmosphere lends itself to exchanges of ideas and opportunities to discuss personal issues.  Options for college credit and Illinois CPDU units are offered.

Workshop Agenda:

  • Teaching fundamentals for flags and colorguard concerns
  • Basic teaching techniques for marching percussion
  • Rehearsal techniques for marching fundamentals
  • Music rehearsal techniques for marching band
  • Motivational and leadership concepts
  • Basic drill design techniques
  • Group psychology
  • Discussion groups, exchanging ideas and solutions to problems
  • Observation and discussion of video tapes of various marching bands
  • Percussion topics for band directors
  • Modern body movements and choreography
  • Special considerations for large and small bands
  • Recruitment, public relations and marketing ideas
  • Parade marching
  • Question – answer sessions with the experts
  • Solutions to typical marching band problems
  • How to teach and clean drill
  • Identifying and solving posture problems and stylistic inconsistencies

Course Details

July 9-12, 2019
1-2 graduate credits
$340 per credit hour
1-Credit Option:
Tuition: $340
Less Smith Walbridge 50% scholarship - $170
Student Cost: $170, due in full with registration
Course Code: 7409A
2-Credit Option
Tuition: $680
Less Smith Walbridge 50% scholarship - $340
Student Cost: $340, due in full with registration
Course Code: 7409B
* Students must register with Smith Walbridge in addition to registering with VanderCook for graduate credit.
Click HERE to register for the 2019 Smith-Walbridge Drill Design Workshop
* Registration/Notebook Due Date: ​Please submit registrations and notebooks to Patrick Benson, postmarked no later than one month after the last day of the event.

Retrospective Information

Download the 2019 MECA Retrospective Information Sheet HERE


Download the 2019 MECA Retrospective Notebook Rubric HERE

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