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We’re excited to present sessions online this year! Whether you’re a current or future Drum Major, Student Leader, Color Guard, or Drum Line student, or just want to contribute to the success of your band, we have a variety of sessions. Join us for one or for all; we’re excited to see you and to help you become the leader you want to be!

Directors are welcome in all student sessions AND we’ve scheduled two opportunities to share ideas and plans, exclusive to teachers.

All these sessions will be offered for 


Important - Note to Drum Majors.pdf

List of Sessions:

Leadership Sessions


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Monday | 12:30

Leadership Breakdown
We will explore the question "What does it mean to be a leader?" We'll discuss topics such as personal values, congruent behavior, dealing with conflict, interpersonal awareness, and servant leadership.

Tuesday | 12:30

Being a Leader in 2021- The Tough Stuff
This is a challenging time for anyone, let alone leaders! We will discuss how to handle things like COVID, inclusivity, social issues, dealing with challenging topics, and balancing the titles of "leader" and "friend".

Wednesday | 12:30

Making Excellence "Something We Do"
We will talk about the power YOU have to help make excellence a part of your band. We will discuss how to be a great role model, a positive influence, and how to make "being excellent" an integral part of how you and your band-mates operate.

Drum Major Sessions

Drum Major

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Monday | 10:00

The Drum Major as a Teacher
Many times, as drum major, we are asked to teach concepts to our bands. We will arm you with valuable teaching tips, as well as warm up activities (both musical and visual) and simple exercises you can bring back to your program.

Monday | 3:00

Showmanship and Etiquette
We will talk about and demonstrate vital parts of showmanship as a drum major, including mace work, exaggerated movement concepts, saluting, and how to be respectful in the Drum Major role.

Tuesday | 3:00

Conducting 1
In the two Conducting sessions, you will be broken off into small breakout rooms, where a facilitator and a few of your drum major colleagues will watch footage of you conducting to a recording, and we will discuss techniques and give suggestions to make you a better conductor. Large group topics will include score study, proper stance and conducting basics, musical conducting, style, and nuance.

Wednesday | 10:00

Conducting 2
As in session 1, you will be broken off into small breakout rooms, where a facilitator and a few of your drum major colleagues will watch footage of you conducting to a recording, and we will discuss techniques and give suggestions to make you a better conductor. Large group topics will include score study, proper stance and conducting basics, musical conducting, style, and nuance.

Color Guard

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Tuesday | 10:00 am

The Comprehensive Guard Rehearsal
We’ll unpack a tool kit for directors and students to build a complete approach to the rehearsal, from warm ups and exercises to fundamentals and teaching a routine. You’ll come away with skills and materials you can use right away. Participants can observe or grab a flag pole and work right along with our staff!

Thursday | 3:00 pm

Focus on Fundamentals
A virtual yet hands-on presentation that covers the range of basic techniques that will get you spinning and tossing together. We’ll approach multiple levels of experience so everyone from beginners to more advanced students can find their groove and move ahead.

Drum Line

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Wednesday | 3:00 pm

Concepts for Playing and Crafting Parts
We’ll begin with a general approach to technique and dynamics for the standard field instruments (bass drums, cymbals, snare drums, tenor drums), and then identify some common problems and solutions with pre-written parts. Participants will come away with some solid concepts for creating or editing parts so your line can make the most of their talents!

Thursday | 10:00 am

Concepts for movement and logistics
Moving around with drums on presents problems no trumpet or piccolo player ever has to face. We’ll look at a general approach that works in all directions and through all direction changes. We’ll also look at personnel considerations and discuss some recommendations for equipment and maintenance that will simplify your season a bit.


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Thursday | 12:30 pm

Welcome to the Family!
Creating a positive culture in your program has never been more important than it was this past year. Matt Shephard will lead a discussion about the building blocks for community.

Thursday | 6:00 pm

“Double Bar”
An open discussion among directors and our staff about the experiences we shared in 2020-21, lessons learned, and plans to Reunite with students, Rebuild our programs, Recalibrate our pedagogy, Reengage with audiences, and Retake the Field!

Meet Your Instructors

Dr. Batcheller has been Director of the Marching Chips for over 20 years. He teaches courses in conducting and rehearsal methods, conducts the CMU Wind Symphony, and has adjudicated band contests and festivals across the United States. He has published articles in the Journal of Band Research, the Instrumentalist magazine, and is a frequent contributor to the Teaching Music Through Performance series of reference books. Batcheller served as Drum Major of the Marching Chips in 1981-1983.
Katie was a member and section leader in the Marching Chips for 5 years. Katie is a former band director, now serving as the Data Instructional Coach at Hamtramck High School. She is in her 13th year on our staff and has been a performer with the 1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps for over 20 years.
Corey is an alumnus of Central Michigan University, where he was drum major of the Chippewa Marching Band from 2009 to 2012. This will be Corey's 11th year working at our camp, and his 5th as director of the drum major camp. Corey is a drill writer and arranger for several high school and college bands across the country. Corey lives in Seattle, WA, where he is pursuing his doctorate in instrumental conducting at the University of Washington.
Matt served as Drum Major of the Marching Chips from 1997 to 2000 and is in his 16th year on our camp staff. This fall, he’ll begin his 21st year as Director of Bands at Meridian Public Schools in Sanford, Michigan, where his program has been recognized by the Grammy Foundation and the National Association of Music Merchants.
John has been a performer, designer, choreographer, and adjudicator in the marching arts since 1992. He marched in the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, winning two world championships. He works as Director of Transportation for the Pittsburgh Public Schools. This is John’s 16th year as Director of our Color Guard Camp.
Professor of Pageantry Arts at the University of Michigan. Joan has participated in marching band, winter guard, and drum corps since the age of 12. She is a widely respected designer and choreographer, has presented at the College Band Directors National Association Athletic Band Symposium, and is in her 11th year on our staff.
Tim has led the CMU Drum Line and has been the principal percussion arranger for the Marching Chips for 7 years. He has over 20 years of private teaching experience and has been a performer and instructor for marching bands and drum corps for nearly as long. Tim appears frequently as timpanist for the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, and the Saginaw Bay, Flint, Traverse City, Midland, and Lansing Symphony Orchestras. Time has been the director of our Drum Line Camp since it was founded three years ago.



Zoom will be used for all sessions during Virtual Marching Chips Summer Camps. Attendees are required to sign-up for a free Zoom account to be used during the event. This should be done prior to Monday, July 19.  If you have any questions on making your free account, or using Zoom, please reach out to Matheus Souza at