While it’s true that drumline has become something of a serious athletic sport, the art of music is what drives the philosophy of the Heights Percussion Department. So, while we do require players to have a lot of chops, they need to be true musicians and entertainers, not just technical players.
Sometimes our musical education focuses on the academia and technical chores of becoming proficient on our instrument. These are important aspects to develop, but we must remember to stay in touch with why we’re doing it all in the first place. This is why listening to a wide range and variety of music is so important. Listen, listen, listen! The more diverse your musical palette, the more intuitive you will be when playing music with the ensemble. Spend as much time listening to music as much as you practice your instrument. They are mutually beneficial.