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Re: Should my 3-person drumline stand still instead of marching?
Do you have a front ensemble? If so, put everybody on mallet instruments, and have your marching percussion on stands close to your keyboard percussion for easy switches. You'll get more points as a concert setting, and this also encourages versatility in your percussion section. I've done this this past year, and we were beating larger schools in the percussion caption just by being more musical, and for cleaner execution.
Iíve taken a position at a 3A/1C band program where Iíll be responsible for the drumline (among other things). Our drumline is forecasted to have three members and the HBD and I are teetering back and forth on whether to have the line march or stand still behind the winds. Itís not a state year, but we obviously want to do well at contest this year. With such a small drumline, we wonder if taking the marching aspect away will help them focus on playing clean. Are we crazy for considering this? Have any of you 3A BDs done this before? Any other advice or things to take into consideration?
Thanks in advance for your words of wisdom!