Battery to Learn Percussion Feature
It’s 2015 and the New Year brings many things--resolutions, football playoffs, the Oscar nominations. But to Carolina Crown and its fans, the New Year can mean only one thing: the first show of 2015 is one month closer!
CrownCAMP3 kicks off tonight in Fort Mill, SC, and Music Director Michael Klesch has brand new show music ready for the brass section to learn. Battery percussionists will also dig into the newly written drum solo and the pit will work on show music.
The only section missing this weekend will be the Crown guard. With many potential members spending the next several weekends rehearsing and performing in competitive winter guards, they won't return until April for final auditions.
In addition to show music, the brass will continue to perfect the encore and parade tunes. With so much music to learn, the brass staff uses a program called Smart Music to better utilize the limited time members have between camps to practice. This is a computer program that takes sections of an arrangement and plays a specific part back to the performer. They can then practice the part with the computer and receive feedback on how they’re doing.
Crown Drum Major Hunter Bown says this technology helps make sure that each performer understands their individual part completely. "Everyone works so hard on the music in between camps it seems like these weekends are exams or evaluations of how hard everyone has worked," said Hunter.
Hunter will officially team up with new drum majors Emily Salgado and Ross Werner to lead the corps through the weekend. “January camp is an exciting time,” said Hunter. “It’s here that we can really see the first glimpses of what Carolina Crown will be for the season.”
Similar to the brass, Crown percussionists have a between-camp practice routine. Members provide videos of themselves playing show music and exercises for the staff to evaluate and critique throughout the month. And new Crown Percussion Caption Supervisor Tom Aungst has been happy with how well prepared everyone has been for each camp.
The Crown visual team, led by Caption Supervisor Ron Hardin, will be at camp again. They will work with the brass and percussion to refine the signature straight leg marching technique that Crown is known for. Movement training early in the year is critical for Crown, so this weekend they will learn a new marching exercise. The moves are charted so the members will receive coordinate sheets to also show them how the visual staff will teach drill during spring training in May.
As always, the corps will open the final ensemble rehearsal for everyone to watch on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at Nation Ford High School.