So, I agreed to help out on the design team of one of the local area high school’s winter indoor drum line.
Yes, winter indoor competitive percussion is a thing.
Basically it’s like a mini Marching band show (with just percussion) and they march on tarps in gymnasiums. The tarps go from plain to printed with highly decorative designs. And sometimes there are props.
Anyway, the percussionist who teaches this particular group asked me to be on his design team. And after a few beers, I said yes.
We had our first meeting last night.
We had already talked about the overall show concept, but we threw out some other ideas and potential effects points. Talked about music a bit, and musical thematic ideas.
It was actually fun! I love the beginning part– coming up with ideas and concepts and music and themes and visual cues and pop cultural tie ins and program pacing…. All cool stuff.
This is something that I’ve wanted to get into- especially on a drum corps (or even high school marching band) scale.
It’ll be interesting to see how this goes from the conceptual to the physical.