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GCVI hosts inaugural Guelph Marching Arts Conference

March 6, 2018

GUELPH, Ontario – On March 5, Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute hosted the inaugural Guelph Marching Arts Conference.

Approximately 150 students from eight Ontario schools attended. Schools participating in the event included UGDSB’s Guelph CVI and Centennial CVI, York CDSB’s Father Bressani CHS and Cardinal Carter CHS, Toronto CDSB’s Father Henry Carr CSS and Michael Power CHS, Halton DSB’s W.H. Morden PS, and Toronto DSB’s Malvern Collegiate Institute.

GCVI Drum Workshop 2

All students involved in the conference are members of their school’s drumline. The first part of the day included students learning the basics of drumline technique and using their bodies in rhythm with the drums.

In the afternoon, students broke out into smaller groups with various clinicians. Clinicians included Centennial CVI music teacher, Eric Froats hosting a session on snare drums. The other sessions included tenor drums with Richard Burrows, bass drums with Ben Ripley, cymbals with Chris Ressor and beginning drumline with Doug Darwin.

The event was possible with the help of Upper Grand DSB’s Specialist High Skills Major program, Yamaha Percussion, Dream Cymbals, Innovative Percussion and Remo Percussion.

GCVI Drum Workshop 1

At the end of the day students gathered as a group to learn a drum cadence together. The collaboration can be viewed below:

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