We know there are heaps of questions that may pop up regarding the National Drumline Camp, so we have tried to answer some of the more common ones below. If you have any further questions or concerns that are not addressed below, please do not hesitate to Contact Us
How much experience do I need?
The National Drumline Camp is aimed at musicians of all skill levels and experience. You don't have to have played in a drumline before and you do not have to have much musical experience.
As a general rule, we recommend you have at least one year of playing experience under your belt to ensure that you have already covered basic concepts such as grip/technique, reading basic music notation and have begun to develop an understanding of rhythm.
In the past, we have had students who have only just begun their musical journey, right through to world champion pipeband drummers looking to try something new.
If you are at all unsure, please Contact Us to discuss your background.
Do I need to be a good sight reader?
Not at all. Most of the music you play during the camp will be distributed 1 week before the start of the camp. You will not be expected to turn up knowing your music, but this will give you a chance to at least have a quick look through it before you start to get a feel for what you've gotten yourself into!
For the duration of the camp, you will be paired with instructors and other campers who can help you work through any music and learn any sections that you find difficult.
While we do want to challenge people and push them to become better musicians, we are very conscious of making sure everyone has an enjoyable experience and does not feel 'in over their head'. If you find any of the music to hard, you just need to let us know - there are plenty of options available to help out.
Do I need to play a certain grip?
No. While it is most common for drumlines to play snare with traditional grip, this is not a requirement for the National Drumline Camp. You are welcome to choose whatever grip you are most comfortable with.
Is there any transport available?
We provide transfers from Melbourne Airport to the Campaspe Downs for only $50 per person.
While we do not have transportation available from anywhere else in Melbourne, we have previously been able to assist with car pooling amongst camp members. Although we cannot make any guarantees, we will do our best to help with any requests.
What supervision is provided for minors?
We take the care and supervision of our younger participants very seriously. For the duration of the camp, each attendee under the age of 18 will be assigned a member of staff to look after them and be their go-to guy/girl. All members of staff must have a working with children check and have been vetted by the organisers to ensure they are a good fit for the job.
All campers under the age of 18 are housed in separate accommodation to adult campers and boys and girls are also separated. Camp staff are situated in adjacent cabins to help keep an eye on everything in the evenings.
Strict lights out times are in force and the entire camp is a drug and alcohol free event. Anyone found in possession of drugs or alcohol at the camp - regardless of age - will immediately be sent home at their own expense.
Are there group deals available?
Yes, we are certainly willing to look at trying to help groups out with a special deal or find some way to make it easier for them to get to the NDC. Please ask a representative from your group to get in touch with us to discuss what we can do to help.
Are adults attending camp allowed to consume alcohol?
No. As part of our duty of care to school groups and members of the camp who are under 18, the National Drumline Camp is a 100% drug and alcohol free event. Anyone found with drugs or alcohol at any point over the weekend will be asked to leave immediately at their own expense.
What contingencies are in place for emergencies/sickness?
In addition to PGL's own emergency plans, we have a number of staff in residence for the duration of the camp with first aid training. Conveniently, one of our instructors is also a Dr. (technically a dentist, but still a medically trained professional!)
We also require all camp attendees to complete a medical authorization form to ensure that we have appropriate emergency contact details as well as the most accurate and up to date information regarding any potential illness or injuries that may affect an individual's ability to partake in the camp.
In the event that any issues are identified before the commencement of the camp, we will work closely with the individual or their parent/guardian to develop a comprehensive plan to ensure the student can safely undertake the activities at the camp.