3 Drumline Rehearsal Tips

3 Drumline Rehearsal Tips: Maximize Results

Drumline Rehearsal Tips blog post by Anthony Huerta, DCI-WC HP

Hope you're in a motivated mood cause today I got some awesome drumline rehearsal tips for you that is gonna make sure that your group is getting the MAXIMUM amount of results during your drumline rehearsal.  Whether you're in a high school drumline, drum corps or competing in SCPA and WGI Championships with an indoor group, it's always best that you're really efficient and effective (effective offering a keyword) with each drumline rehearsal.

Especially, in this marching percussion/drumline activity, time is of the essence and if you aren't maximizing and producing results during your drumline rehearsal, then you can bet your competitors are.  Read on for 3 drumline rehearsal tips to maximize results.

Handle the details during every drumline rehearsal

Whether your drumline is competing at marching percussion shows or drum corps move-ins/all-days, the success of your line and season comes down to how much you can get done at each and every drumline rehearsal.  And not how much stuff drill or notes you can cram into a drumline rehearsal, but how efficient the time is used as well as how EFFECTIVE results are coming along.

Competitively, if you're marching in a drumline (Indoor or Field) you know that it comes all down to the DETAILS in making it to one of those top 3 ensemble spots. With that said, these drumline rehearsal tips given here are going to make sure that you're always fueled to work hard, efficient, and effective at every drumline rehearsal..then DOMINATE your competitors. :)  Before I get down to the 3 drumline rehearsal tips, I just want you to remember that this is a competitive group.  It is HIGHLY competitive.

Most of the drumline rehearsal tips given here are specifically relating to the World Class groups, however you can definitely apply these tips to your group/ensemble. See here, it's about being SUPER-COMPETITIVE.  Why only go for "If we could only get into the Top 6 spots…" or "If we could only make Finals…"Forget that.  Nope.  Idea has left the mind.In my opinion (and every competitors), I'd say you gotta go BIG or get in the stands.  Look, we all put tons of money to do this activity and spend HOURS rehearsing, don't let it go to waste.  Make sure you're making the most of your last couple of drumline rehearsals for Indoor and fuel yourself up to start the Summer.

Here are 3 Drumline Rehearsal Tips you can you use to MAXIMIZE your results during your drumline rehearsals:

1.  Drumline Rehearsal Tip #1 Remember the REASON – 

Hey, I've been there:  drumline rehearsals can get LONG and it's easy to get sidetracked/brain fried with information overload.  It's down to the last set of details now.  Make sure your sole focus is on rehearsing only.  Cut the chatter, cut the texting, cut the insert-your-excuse-to-get-beat-by-your-competition-here.  FOCUS on learning it right the first time, and doing it right ever time.  If you could use just this one drumline rehearsal tip alone, your group would grow by leaps and bounds.

2.   Drumline Rehearsal Tip #2 Master you own gig; let the instructors worry about others

Look, each individual has their own set of responsibilities from dots, music, body movement, facial expression, whatever – Make sure YOU are handling on your own part before looking or commenting to others.  Of course it's easy to talk about others and critique because it's not you – you have no responsibility.  But remember, if you're in a group, it doesn't matter – uniform or not – you're judged as a group.  Take this drumline rehearsal tip to heart and Handle ALL of YOUR responsibilities.

3.   Drumline Rehearsal Tip #3 Be the value adding motivator –  

In 2009,  I had the longest and last marching percussion year ever.  I was juggling Indoor drumline rehearsals, drum corps drumline rehearsals and teaching high school drumlines – my slate was full!  I remember being on tour and being sooo tired:  burnt from the sun, always dirty/sweaty, long drumline rehearsal hours, increased competition, major changes daily to sheet music/drill.  I mean, some days it's sooooo easy to just be like "Man, I'm OVER this."  

But instead of breaking myself down over the odds, I quickly reminded myself of what I was up against. I truly believe this drumline rehearsal tip / lifestyle tip changed how much I actually CONTRIBUTED to my ensembles. Look, your competition is most likely going through the same hardships and tough odds as you.  Heck, they probably have MORE drumline rehearsals than you do too! ;)  But remind yourself that if you're going easy, if you're not working hard at drumline rehearsal, if you're not trying to MAX out every rep and every run-through, then YOU WILL GET BEAT OUT BY YOUR COMPETITION.

So what I did is every time I felt down and out of it, I quickly sparked myself up atthe drumline rehearsal and got my teammates to hype up about going for a Championship.  Be inspirational, man.  If you're down, step it up and go even HARDER and bring every one's spirit up with you.

On a final note:  it does not matter what named-group you are a part of, YOU can always take that group to the next level.

Hope these drumline rehearsal tips help max-out your rehearsals and feel free to share these tips with your co-members.

Remember you have 2 choices, go big or get in the stands,

Anthony Huerta

DCI-WC HP, WGI-WM

P.S.  If you got any questions or comments with any drumline rehearsal tips, go ahead and share them in the comment field.  Also don't forget to pass this along and "share" it with anyone else in the marching activity. ;)