Drum Corps International Champions: Blue Devils Drumline

Here at Play Drums By Ear, it’s all about drumming.  And there are a lot of different types of drumming.  A big part of my experience in school bands was drumline.  My chops got a major overhaul playing on the line since I had to match note for note what the rest of the line was playing.  This style differs quite a bit from drum set playing, but the idea is actually similar.  Drumline centers around stick technique as it has to look uniform across the line, but the same rudiments learned in drumline can be applied to the drum set.  In fact, I encourage that sort of behavior!  I want to share a couple of videos featuring the 2012 Drum Corps International champions, The Blue Devils, and their all star drumline.  I hope you enjoy the videos as much as I did!

I thought it would be cool to take a look at the drum feature of the winning 2012 Blues Devils show, up close and from far away.  The first video features the performance on the field in competition at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MYveM_IzDA.

The next video features the same drum break, but this time in the parking lot in practice.  This is the best way to get up close and personal with the drumline and see what’s really going on.  Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA44XOGrFsM.

The Blues Devils took home the whole championship in 2012 and it was well deserved.  I hope you enjoyed the drum feature and getting a glimpse at an entirely different world of drumming.



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