Blazinʼ Brigade Drumline Camp

JUNE 22-24, 2018

Join the Blazin' Brigade percussion staff and guest artists on the beautiful campus of Valdosta State University, June 22-24, for three days of non-stop drumline and front ensemble. This camp brings percussionists in grades 9-12 to Valdosta State University to experience comprehensive and quality percussion instruction with attention on fundamental technique that can be applied in any performance situation.


Registration has closed for the 2018 camp. Email Dr. Harper if you have any additional questions.

On-campus resident camper ($100) - This fee covers two nights in an air conditioned dorm room with a roommate and all meals from Friday night dinner through Sunday lunch. Blazin' Brigade counselors stay in dorms, in addition to VSU Residential Life staff trained for emergency situations.

Commuter (no fee) - Meal tickets for Friday night dinner through Sunday lunch can be purchased for $46.50.

Camp schedule (PDF)


Students should plan to bring their own drum, harness, and instrument stand. We have plenty of music stands available. Front ensemble students should bring their own mallets (marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, timpani, etc.) and snare sticks.


  • Dr. Ryan M. Smith, Valdosta State University Assistant Professor of Percussion an Blazin' Brigade Percussion Coordinator
  • Aaron Savage, Blazin' Brigade Percussion Instructor
  • Dr. John Cypert, Atlanta Spirit Percussion Supervisor
  • Travis Downs, Yamaha Percussion Artist
  • David Nelson, Percussion Caption Supervisor for Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, Conn-Selmer Artist


Blazin' Brigade is thankful for the generous financial and in-kind support from:

  • Valdosta State University
  • Valdosta State University College of the Arts
  • Valdosta State University Music Department
  • Conn-Selmer