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Feature Instructor 2018 – RALPH NADER!!

Following the huge success of Ralph's tour of Australia and New Zealand earlier this year, we are excited to see him back on Australian shores for the 2018 National Drumline Camp! This will be the second time we have had the privilege of having Ralph join us at the Camp and we can't wait to have him back Recognised worldwide for his combination of DCI chops and show-style visual flair, Ralph continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in the world of marching percussion. This ground breaking approach has led to Ralph touring the world as a performer including a mind blowing performance with Beyonce at Cochella 2018! As an educator, Ralph is known for his ability to break down incredibly complex ideas in an accessible, engaging way that helps ensure performers of all ages and skill levels can get involved. Registrations for this year's camp are now open, so make sure you jump in and register ASAP to work with the best in the world and be 1 degree of separation away from Beyonce! Click here to register now See Ralph in Action:  

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2017 Instructors

For this years' camp, we are incredibly excited to have one of the most experienced and talented team of instructors ever assembled at a National Drumline Camp. The collective experience for 2017 incorporates world championship performers and teachers who have collectively achieved an incredible amount including: 2 DCI world class championships 11 DCI Final Performances Multiple world tours/performances all over the USA and Europe Performances at the 2008 Beijing Olympics 1 Grammy Award Winner Performances with world class orchestras including the MSO and Royal Melbourne Philharmonic + heaps more Check out the full biographies for the 2017 Instructor team here, or jump right in a register now!
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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.
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Harvey Thompson – 2016 Featured Instructor

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. Check out some of Harvey's amazing work:/div>
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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!
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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:

VIC FIRTH SIGNATURE ARTIST: BILL BACHMAN

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". Read Full Bio Along 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!
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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.  
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2013 Camp Video / 2014 Poster

Published - 26/8/2014

New Video We took some time over the past few days to trawl through the hours of footage that Mark Hudson of Hudcomm very kindly shot for us at the 2013 National Drumline Camp. We decided to cut together the footage into a short clip to give you an idea of how we roll (excuse the pun!) and give you an insight in the the camp and the great people who came along last year - make sure you check it out below. 2014 Camp Posters Available We have also had a number of requests for copies of the camp poster that people could share with their colleagues/friend both online and in print. We have uploaded digital copies you can freely download and share: Low Res (for email and online) - Hi Res (for Print). If you would like a hard copy, please Contact Us and we will happily send A3/A4 copies of the poster as well as handy little A6 Flyers that you can hand out to whoever wish.  

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New Venue for 2014

Published - 12/6/2014

We are very happy to announce that we have a great new venue in store for the 2014 National Drumline Camp. This year's event will be held at PGL Campaspe Downs, about 85km North West of Melbourne. The camp is located on 160 hectares of bush land around with all cabins located in a picturesque setting around a large lake. The campsite has a number of large indoor spaces that can be used for rehearsals in the event that the weather does not cooperate with out plans, as well as an indoor stage and seating area that will be used for the final performance/expo. There are plenty of great downtime activities including air hockey and pool tables, table tennis tables, archery, a giant swing and an indoor soccer/basketball gym and lots of great communal areas to hang out and practice or relax after a long day playing.          
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