Instructors • NDC 2017


Campbell Phillips – Head Instructor

Blue Devils International, Beijing Olympic Orchestra, Musical Director – D²Drumline

Campbell is an in demand performer and educator who has studied extensively with legendary rudimental percussionists including Bill Bachman, Scott Johnson, and Jeff Moore. Campbell has toured to the UK, China, New Zealand, and around Australia as an instructor and performer including his 2015 European tour with the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps and as lead snare for Australia in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Orchestra.

In 2010, Campbell established the D²Drumline, a professional entertainment ensemble that has since performed at: 2014 ICC Cricket World Cup, 2012 AFL Grand Final with The Temper Trap, the Australian Ultimate Drummers Weekend incl. a collaboration with Dom Famularo, 2011/12 New Years Eve Celebrations at Federation Square, 2011 and 2012 St Kilda Festivals, and countless other high profile performances for clients including Channel 10 News, Channel 7 Sunrise Show, Triple J, Triple M, and the Fox FM Fifi and Jules Show. D² are also the official Drumline of the Melbourne Rebels Rugby team performing on ground at AAMI Park for every home game of the season.

As an instructor, Campbell has run workshops and masterclasses at the Victorian College of the Arts, Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion in 2011 and 2012, the 2014 Victorian Percussion Teachers Conference as well as conducting regular school workshops and incursions around Melbourne. Campbell is currently a member of staff and Drumline Instructor at Scotch College Melbourne.

John Davis – Front Ensemble Instructor

The Cadets, The Glassmen

John Davis has been an in demand music educator for 25 years, having recently served as a Teacher Peer Evaluator for the Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Florida and as the Director of Instrumental Music at Riverview High School in Riverview, FL.

John’s has a wealth of experience in the DCI world as performing member and brass instructor for the DCI World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps and DCI World Finalist Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University, and graduated summa cum laude from James Madison University with a Master Degree in Wind Conducting in 2005. He is currently studying a masters in Education Management at Melbourne University.

Throughout his career in education, John’s ensembles have been widely recognised for their excellence. Under his direction, the Seminole HS Wind Ensemble was selected for special honor performances at the University of Florida as well as the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival. Mr. Davis’ band at Charles W. Flanagan HS in Pembroke Pines, FL was named to the Bands of America Southeastern Regional Concert Band Festival as well as being named a 2002 Grammy Signature School and winner of the Grammy Award of Special Merit.

Paul Sanders – Drumline Instructor + Specialist Cymbal Instructor

Santa Clara Vanguard, The Academy

Paul is a performer and educator from the United States who is currently living in Melbourne. As a student at the University of Arizona he studied with Dr. Norman Weinberg and graduated with a B.M. in Percussion Performance. Paul has performed across the United States, in Europe, South America, and Australia in a variety of settings.

In the marching world, Paul was a member of the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps from ’06 to ’08 as a Snare and Cymbal player, winning the Open Class Championship in 2006. He also played Cymbals with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2009, receiving the Gail Royer award for Most Outstanding Member. Paul was also a founding member of the NFL Arizona Cardinals ‘Big Red’ Drumline.

Paul brings years of experience as a performer and educator at the high school, university, and professional levels, and is excited to be a part of D2 Drumline’s Marching Music Camp.

Kyle Davis – Drumline Instructor

Magic of Orlando, Allegiance Elite

2 Kyle was exposed to Marching Bands and Drumlines from a young age in his home town of Calgary, Canada, home to the world famous Calgary Stampede.

As a result of this early exposure to marching music, Kyle played in high school bands and the Allegiance Elite Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2003, Kyle marched with in the DCI with Magic of Orlando under the direction of Colin McNutt and Thom Hannum. Magic placed 11th in the 2003 World Championships, beating modern powerhouses such as the Blue Knights, Glassmen and Colts.

Following this success with Magic, Kyle returned to Calgary where he helped grow the Allegiance Elite Drum Corps as an instructor and established a series of exciting new programs and junior corps.

Kyle would eventually find his way to Australia after a number of cruise ship gigs that saw him perform all over the world. He now lives in Geelong, Victoria, and plays a very active role in the Australian Drumline and Marching Percussion scene.

Harry Potocnik – Front Ensemble Instructor

D²Drumline, Victorian College of the Arts

Harry showed an affinity for music at an early through studying piano at the age of 4 before beginning drums when he was 8 years old. When he reached high school, Harry’s love of drums expanded immensely as he was introduced to the wider world of Percussion at the beginning of High School.

In 2014, Harry participated in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Secondary Symphony program and was a member of the Victorian State Schools Spectacular Orchestra before beginning his tertiary studies as a candidate for the Bachelor of Music at Melbourne University.

Since embarking upon his tertiary studies, Harry has been highly active as a performer including roles with the Melbourne University Orchestra, the Melbourne University Percussion Ensemble, the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Australian Ballet Conservatoire.

Harry is also an active member of the D2Drumline. Since joining the group, he has written and arranged a number of charts for the line including a drumline arrangement of Ivan Trevino’s Catching Shadows.


Past Instructors

We are very lucky to have hosted some amazing instructors through the years. Check out the full list and their bio’s below. And who knows… if you ask really nicely, we may even get some of them back again!

Harvey Thompson

(BYOS, Cold Steel, Seeed)

Harvey Thompson and Ralph Nader live with SEEED

Harvey Thompson 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.

Check out some of Harvey’s amazing work:

Bill Bachman – Feature Instructor 2015

(Cadets, Carolina Crown, Bluecoats, Blue Knights, University of North Texas, Berklee University)

DSC_6211 MD AprilIn 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 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.

He is author of Row-Loff’s drum instructional books Rudimental Logic, Quad Logic, and Bass Logic which have become part of the curriculum in countless high schools and colleges, and the producer of the instructional drum DVD’s, Rudimental Beats and Reefed Beats. Bill is also a columnist for Modern Drummer magazine and the author of the book Stick Technique, an Essential Guide for the Modern Drummer published through Modern Drummer and distributed through Hal Leonard.

As an inventor, Bill designed Vic Firth’s Heavy Hitter Pad series – a wildly successful product that set the standard for the practice pad industry. Bill also designed his unique Vic Firth signature “Billy Club” drumstick for tenor drummers. This tenor stick is the first of its kind using the very dense Sta-Pac wood, the stick combines the projection and manoeuvrability of a mallet with the quickness and rimshot ability of a snare stick.

Bill Club

In addition to being an international marching and drumset clinician for Remo, Vic Firth, Dynasty, Zildjian, and Row-Loff, Bill has toured with Neal Morse’s progressive rock band and is a freelance drummer in the Dallas area. He teaches worldwide through live internet feeds via Skype, as well as locally in Dallas.

Ralph Nader (USA) – 2014 Feature Instructor


From Disneyland Park guests to European fans, Ralph Nader, a Brooklyn native, has taken his talents and abilities to places he never imagined.

Ralph began his drumming career at age 7 with the Steppers Marching Band (Black Fire Percussion). He worked with the NY Knicks and NJ Nets Drumlines as a teenager and attended Hampton University, receiving his B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Production. At the age of 18, he performed with the Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps and won his first DCI World Championship and drumline title. In total, he marched with the Blue Devils for 3 years winning 2 gold medals and 2 drumline titles with the organization.

After graduation, he worked as a snare tech at Hickory HighSchool in Chesapeake, VA. He then moved west to debut Disneyland’s Soundsational Parade as a Musician/Performer. He’s currently Touring Europe with a German Pop/Reggae Band named Seeed and has established a reputation as a prolific solo and duo artist though his work on BYOS including collaborations with Harvey Thompson, Amir Thompson and many others.

Steve Liew

Instructor – (2012, 2013, 2014)

266480_473263312696292_1179147605_oSteve Liew, AMusA (Piano), started learning percussion at age ten under Jude Hallum in Melbourne, Australia. In 1999, Steve was awarded a scholarship to the International Music Camp in the U.S.A. as a percussionist. There he was taught American drumline techniques by Jeff Spanos, former Percussion Section Leader and now Executive Director of the internationally recognised Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. Steve took these techniques back to Australia and began writing drumline music, fusing US techniques with the more traditional English or Scottish marching band styles that Australia favours.

In 2000, Steve was selected to play in the Sydney Olympic Marching Band and performed at the opening ceremony alongside the 39 snares, 38 Basses, 24 tenors and 40 cymbals that formed the international drumline. Along with those players he learnt from Dave Glyde, current Music Coordinator/Arranger for the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps.

In 2001, Steve composed music for and led a forty-strong drumline which performed in the Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, for the 150th anniversary of Scotch College. He accepted a teaching position in 2002 at the school as Drumline Instructor, where he stayed for five years. He is still a non-teaching member of staff at the Scotch College Music School .

Steve has since played in a funk band, Try The Fish and jazz groups as well as the D2Drumline. He is also a dentist in private practice.