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Stick & Mallet Choices Stick & Mallet ChoicesYounger Players As a young person picks up a pair of sticks or mallets for the first time it is imperative that they suit the size of the players’ hands. Time after time you see youngsters trying to play with full size drum-corps sticks and mallets that are too heavy and unbalanced for the size of ...

Instrumentation and Personnel Instrumentation and PersonnelBattery As bass drums are a very melodic part of the ensemble, then this is the place you need to start. It is imperative that you have a minimum of 3 bass drums, 4 is better and 5 is perfect. As a general guide you need a 2:1 ratio between snare drums and tenors. 2 snares = 1 ...

Care & Maintenance Care & MaintenanceDrums Tune your drums (Snare, Tenors & Bass Drums) on a regular basis, this is the best way of keeping a good check on the maintenance of your instruments. Lugs & tension rods need to be kept lubricated with lithium grease or petroleum jelly. Bearing edges (what the drum head sits on) need to be lubricated with Beeswax, ...

Bad Weather Conditions Bad Weather ConditionsIn an ideal world you don’t want to be rehearsing in bad weather/rain. However this is an outdoor activity and sometimes it is unavoidable in order to get the job done with the rehearsal time you have available. Battery Always have a bag full of drying off cloths so you can dry the instruments off at the ...

Marching Percussion Tuning Techniques Marching Percussion Tuning TechniquesThere is much debate as to the best tuning scheme for the outdoor marching ensemble. Each individual teacher will use his or her own judgement as to the sound they want for their ensemble. But the question is “where do you start” ? Our aim here is to highlight the general concepts needed for tuning a ...