DRUMS ACROSS CALIFORNIA
1. DAC sponsors a series of percussion festivals second semester. We can come to your school, or you can join another school and share the costs. Please call for more information.
2. The drum line performs on the basketball court in the gymnasium. Check out the entrance and exit doors upon arrival, you may have to use the exit double door for your big marimba to enter the gym.
3. The drum line has an 1 hour slot to set up, warm-up, play a run through, then 3 sectionals, and then a final run-through.
4. Or a school can do one hour of solos, duets etc. (usually 10 solos).
5. DAC judges consist of championship DCI percussion instructors & performers, who are also expert at high school percussion programs.
6. The judges will be evaluating in 3 areas: Execution (how you play), Exposure (what you play), & Effect (salesmanship)
7. For a maximum buildup in scoring (a potential 10.0 build up score & 20.0 caption score!) we recommend 3 snares, 3 tenors, 4 bass(tuned), 4-8 keyboards, & 3-4 auxiliary(pit) &/or 3-4 cymbal players. Recruit from the band & orchestra to fill the line.
DAC AXIOM: IT IS BETTER TO BE SMALL & CLEAN THAN LARGE & DIRTY.
8. The judges will also deduct 1.0-2.0 points (each) in build up, if they feel that the line has performed too loud for the indoor environment. Plus the normal loss of buildup points while the judges are struggling to hear. Watch your decibel level. Save everyone's hearing! A big tip is to thin out the writing so each section can be heard in a feature, or featurette.
9. A score of 90 points or higher will be a Superior Rating and Superior Rated performers will receive a gold medal. All soloists, regardless of score, will receive a pair of sticks.