Percussion Arts Society International Convention 2008

EVERYTHING IS RUDIMENTS — 1 hour, 15 minutes
Clinics differ depending upon the venue. In a retail environment I usually focus more on equipment along with general information about technique. In an academic environment I incorporate more “hands on” examples with volunteers. I will also attempt to tie in specific information to the hosting school’s curriculum.

  1. Opening: Artist plays his first sequence — 5 minutes
    • Open solo (shows “chops”)
  2. Introduction of Artist, Sponsors, and general clinic intro — 5 minutes
  3. Pad and Snare Drum — 15 minutes
    • Hand technique
    • Stroke consistency
    • Artist’s favorite warm-ups/rudiments
  4. Click Track – 10 minutes
    • Getting comfortable at different tempos — all ranges of the metronome
    • Dynamics and “creating space”
    • Time and fill ideas.
  5. Developing the Bass/Drummer Relationship — 15 minutes
    • Artist with drum machine containing bass sample patterns demonstrates the simplest 2 & 4 to “taking it out”
  6. Artist Plays Last Sequence — 5 minutes
  7. Closing — 5 minutes
    • a few words on education and using the proper equipment
  8. Q & A — up to 15 minutes, if necessary

Past Clinics

2008 custom and vintage show

Taking time out from three Sundays (December 2, 9, 16) of master classes for brass, percussion and color guard, the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps was treated to a 2 hour clinic on drum set Principals and Technique by Los Angeles based independent studio drummer, Albe Bonacci. While drum kit is not typically covered in the workshop the coordinators of the program thought it would be an enjoyable departure for the Corps members and hopefuls attending.

Participants were treated to hands on instruction and analysis by playing along with pre-recorded tracks designed specially to work on issues such as time keeping, technique and style choices. Bonacci also gave participants advice on the tools necessary to build a career in the music business; cards, demos, bios, pictures and resumes. “Everything I know about studio work I learned in kindergarten. Show up on time, early actually, look presentable, do your homework and play nice with the other musicians” has been his philosophy for years according to Bonacci. “In other words, be straightforward. I know for a fact there were times I got the gig by just sounding polite and direct over the phone.”

2003 Hollywood custom and vintage show

The Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corp were DCI Pacific Region Division II Champions in 1998 and 1999. In 2001, Pacific Crest was granted Division 1 status. 2002 will be their 10th season and they are recognized in the top 25 drum corps in the nation. Albe Bonacci is an endorser of Remo drum heads, DW drums, Paiste cymbals, Regal Tip sticks and E-pad Drum Systems. Remo and E-pads sponsored Bonacci’s appearance at the workshop.

Potential applicants can contact the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps via the Internet at, via phone at 888-727-4697, or by mail at 21231 Fountain Springs, Diamond Bar, CA 91765.