ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Joe Hobbs is the Director of Percussion at Vandegrift High school in Austin, TX. Under his direction the Drum Line won the Dripping Springs Drum Line Contest in both 2016 and 2017 as well as the Lone Star Classic in 2018. The Vandegrift percussion ensemble was also selected to perform at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2017. Joe was previously the director of percussion at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, TX. The Newman Smith drum line won both the Plano Drum Line Contest as well as the Lone Star Drum Line Contest. The Newman Smith Drum Line was also invited to present a Marching percussion clinic at the 2015 PASIC Convention.
Joe is currently the Battery Coordinator for the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from Canton, Ohio. Joe previously served as the percussion caption head for The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, IL from 2015-2018.
ABOUT THE CLINIC / PERFORMANCE: Joe Hobbs and the Vandegrift Drum Line: Tips and Tricks to Help Get Your Marching Ensemble to the Next Level
This session will be intended for High School/College educators looking for information regarding marching percussion pedagogy. This clinic will go over topics including class structure, arranging, exercise program, audition process and will hopefully give educators a blueprint for setting up their own marching program.
The clinic will also include an in depth look at the exercise program for both our front ensemble and battery percussion sections. We plan to go over our overall technique approach as well as give fellow instructors some tricks and tips for improving the overall sound of their ensemble.
It is our hope that this clinic will provide educators additional tools/information regarding marching percussion as well as entertain anyone in the audience with quality playing and performances by the Vandegrift High School Percussion Section.