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Sound delay issues for my high school percussion section

Posted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:10 pm



Hi. I’m a new high school band director with a degree in music ed with concentration on percussion. I’ve taught a lot of high school percussion sections in the area and marched in a drum corps front ensemble in 2006, but I’m having a not-so-unique problem with my group that I can’t seem to solve. My front ensemble understands the idea of listening back to the drumline, but they have a hard time adjusting to the drumline as they’re play. For instance, the show begins with the front ensemble and 6 measures later the drumline and horns come in. It takes my front ensemble 2 measures in a good rep to finally adjust to the line’s tempo due to the sound delay. I’m sure most high school instructors have run into this problem at one point or another, so if anyone wants to help out the new guy, I’d appreciate some feedback! Thanks in advance!



This is my band teacher, snarescience took forever to send his confirmation email so i posted this for him.
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Re: Sound delay issues for my high school percussion section

Posted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:25 pm



center marimba looks for beat 1 every so often from the drum major, its that easy


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Re: Sound delay issues for my high school percussion section

Posted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 10:58 pm



yea cause the drum major should always be looking at the center snares feet.
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Re: Sound delay issues for my high school percussion section

Posted: Sat Sep 05, 2009 3:39 pm



My former drumline director used to set up a demo where one snare would be on the back of the field, one in the front, and one in the middle. Then the front snare would tap off and the three would play an attack and you could hear the flam that would come from listening forward for tempo. Then he would have the back snare tap off and everyone would play a perfect attack.

Basically this demonstrates how important it is for anyone on the field to listen back for tempo. This may not help, but it will get the kids in the pit thinking about how important it is to listen back.
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