Welcome to the official homepage of the National Drumline Camp, Australia’s premier drumline and marching percussion community event. Here you will find all the information you need about the camp as well as all the latest news. You can also register for the camp online through the site – once we receive your registration one of our staff will be in touch to answer any questions you may have and lock in your spot.

As always, please do not hesitate to Contact Us or check out our FAQ’s if you have any questions at all.

We are incredibly excited about this years camp, especially our brilliant team of instructors – we hope to see you there!


    Front Ensemble in 2017

    We are incredibly excited to announce that the National Drumline Camp will feature a front ensemble for the first time in 2017!

    To celebrate the 5th year of this amazing event, we wanted to go ahead and do something a little different - something big that would help take the National Drumline Camp to the next level in 2017 and provide an exciting new opportunity for our camp attendees. The addition of a front ensemble component is just the ticket!

    "The skills developed in the front ensemble are invaluable in helping get the absolute best out of the percussionists involved"

    The National Drumline Camp has always been at the forefront of marching percussion education in Australia and we feel that the incorporation of front ensemble into the event is not only a huge step forward for the National Drumline Camp, but for marching percussion culture across Australia.

    The front ensemble component will introduce Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone, Drumset, Auxillery Percussion and heaps more and will be lead by a team of experience instructors from across Australia.

    "I'm incredibly excited about the addition of front ensemble to that National Drumline Camp as it is really the only opportunity to play this kind of music in Australia" says Harry Potocnik from the D²Drumline. "Front ensemble is such a big part of marching percussion culture overseas and the transfer value of studying percussion within the context of drumline is huge. The skills developed in the front ensemble are invaluable in helping get the absolute best out of the percussionists involved and I am honoured to be a member of the instructor team for this year's event"

    Registrations are now open for the 2017 National Drumline Camp at www.nationaldrumlinecamp.com. Front ensemble places are strictly limited and subject to availability.

    Harvey Thompson - 2016 Featured Instructor

    Harvey Thompson and Ralph Nader live with SEEED

    We are so excited to announce Harvey Thompson as our featured artist for the 2016 National Drumline Camp!!!
    Harvey is a true wizard of the marching percussion world and brings a whole new flavour/background to the 2016 NDC.
    Harvey is a founding member of the BYOS movement, percussion director at North Carolina A&T and the "Cold Steel" Drumline, and has toured Europe and South America multiple times with German band Seeed.
    In 2011, Harvey performed at Eurovision with Cold Steel and has since presented countless clinics and workshops around the World with BYOS including a 2015 PASIC performance alongside drumline royalty Jeff Prosperie, Ralph Nader, John Wooton, Scott Johnson, and Jeff Queen.
    Harvey is an international artist for Mapex Drums, Evans Drumheads, Promark Drumsticks, and Zildjian Cymbals.
    We cannot wait to work with Harvey in Australia and see what he brings to the 2016 National Drumline Camp. Registrations are open NOW, so make sure you don't miss this amazing opportunity to spend 3 days working with and learning from one of the most innovative and exciting marching percussionists in the world right now.

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    Oh Bill!

    We are very happy to see Bill is as excited about this tour as we are! Check out this great little promo clip he chucked together for us to help spread the word about this awesome camp. Great playing (as always!), coupled with a little bit of that trademark Bill Bachman humour. Love it!

    Remember, registrations close September 20th... Don't miss out!

    Featured Instructor 2015: Bill Bachman

    We are very happy to announce that we have locked in the one and only Bill Bachman as our featured instructor for the 2015 National Drumline Camp:


    In the world of marching tenors and rudimental drumming, Bill Bachman needs no introduction.

    He is not only a prolific author, world class performer, clinician and educator, but also an inventor and touring/recording drumset artist. Bill Bachman studied percussion performance at the University of North Texas and is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music.

    Bill has played with and instructed many award winning marching percussion groups including the UNT drumline, Cadets, Bluecoats, Blue Knights, and Carolina Crown in his 12 years touring with Drum and Bugle Corps.

    He has presented nearly 200 drum clinics and drum festival performances on five continents over the last decade. In addition to his impressive resume as a marching percussionist, Bill is a profilific auuthor, a Technique Columnist for Modern Drummer Magazine, and the brains behind drumworkout.com - a revolutionary website designed to help drummers reinvent their technique and "Practice with a Pro".

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    11650603_10155708531420043_70398054_nAlong with Bill's expertise, we are happy to once again be welcoming Campbell Phillips in his role as Camp Leader and Instructor. Campbell joins us fresh from a two month tour with the Blue Devils International Corps - a wonderful addition to his already impressive marching percussion resume.

    As always, we will welcome a number of additonal instructors to the National Drumline Camp team as we get closer to the date, so keep your eyes peeled for more great announcements.

    Registrations for the 2015 National Drumline Camp are now open and filling fast, so make sure you register as soon as possible to ensure you don't miss out on a spot!

    National Drumline Camp 2015

    Published - 6/2/2015

    Following the huge success of the 2014 National Drumline Camp and the brilliant experience for all campers and staff at PGL Campaspe Downs, we are happy to announce that this years event will be held in the same beautiful location just outside Kyneton, Victoria.

    Dates for this years camp are Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd, and Sunday 4th October.  

    In addition to our great local instructors, we are again working hard to secure some big names from the USA - keep your eyes peeled for more announcements about staff at the 2015 National Drumline Camp.

    Make sure you keep up to date with all the latest info about the 2015 camp her and on our Facebook Page - for schools interested in getting involved in the camp, please contact Campbell Phillips to discuss how we can assist with your travel arrangements and special school deals.