Camp Offers Unique Learning Experience For Drum Line Members
July 19, 2014
By Wendy Hayworth
Lee’s Summit High School hosted a two day Drum Line Camp in partnership with System Blue, a service that works to develop a System of Excellence for band directors, teachers, staff, designers, performers, and marching members.
The camp began at noon on Sunday, July 13 and ended at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 14. Students of all skill levels were invited to hone their percussion skills.
“This was the first year we did a camp in partnership with Lee’s Summit High School. We planned on having 50 students for the first year and we ended up having 87. So, we feel that’s a pretty successful start,” camp manager Pat Seidling said.
This camping program has been around since 2008. The camp itself travels with the Drum Corps International Tour of Champions, founded in 2011. The tour included The Blue Devils, Bluecoats, Carolina Crown, Phantom Regiment, Santa Clara Vanguard, The Cadets, and the The Cavaliers.
After the camp ended, students were invited to the Tour of Champions’ performance in Warrensburg at the University of Central Missouri.
“It’s part of a 75 event. We have a summer season, an eight week session, of 75 competitions throughout the country,” Seidling said.
A portion of the camp tuition covered the cost of the performance ticket, in order to allow the campers to see examples of the percussion style they are studying.
Seidling was impressed, not only with the high level of attendance, but the level of enthusiasm as well.
“They were all very dedicated to doing this. Sometimes, we get students who are there because mom told them to,” Seidling said. “These students were all very focused. They’re just very enthusiastic about marching band in your area.”
The possibility of the camp returning next summer depends entirely on the tour schedule of the Drum Corps.
“If our tour schedule takes us in the area, we would absolutely love to do this camp again,” Seidling said.