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Month: January 2017

Why Every NFL Team Should Have a Drumline

With the NFL season coming to an end this weekend, let’s take a look across the NFL at teams that featured a drumline as part of their pre-game or in-game entertainment in the 2016-2017 season.

 

My Experience in an NFL Drumline

A few years ago I had an opportunity to play in the Indianapolis Colts Drumline.  It was an awesome experience and that NFL season was a blast.  It was Andrew Luck’s rookie year and the Colts made it back to the playoffs after an abysmal 2-14 record in 2011 (when this guy was our starting QB in place of the injured Peyton Manning).

 

[photo credit: Daily Journal]

We got a free Colts jersey as our uniform, a small paycheck for each game, and a couple tickets to each home game (best part).  We borrowed the drums from Center Grove HS, and met up each Sunday morning of home games to do some pre-game entertainment around Lucas Oil Stadium and downtown Indianapolis before the games.  I was by far the worst drummer out of the group but I still had a blast getting to play at each game.

Unfortunately, the Colts drumline was short lived and was scrapped the following year.  Since then, I’ve jealously watched what seems to be every other NFL team have a drumline playing in between commercial breaks on TV.

 

Who’s Doing It Right

It turns out that the majority of NFL teams have a drumline now – 23/32 teams currently do.  Some teams even have a full marching band (Redskins, Ravens) which I had no idea was a thing in the NFL.  Of the teams that currently don’t have a drumline, many used to in the past and scrapped them for whatever reason.

Here’s a list of the teams that had some sort of drumline this year.  Let me know if I’m missing anyone.

  • Dallas Cowboys (13-3)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
  • New York Giants (11-5)
  • Atlanta Falcons (11-5)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)
  • Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1)
  • Green Bay Packers (10-6)
  • Denver Broncos (9-7)
  • Detroit Lions (9-7)
  • Houston Texans (9-7)
  • Tennessee Titans (9-7)
  • Washington Redskins (8-7-1)
  • Baltimore Ravens (8-8)
  • Minnesota Vikings (8-8)
  • Buffalo Bills (7-9)
  • New Orleans Saints (7-9)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (7-9)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (6-9-1)
  • Carolina Panthers (6-10)
  • Chicago Bears (3-13)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13)
  • San Francisco 49ers (2-14)
  • Cleveland Browns (1-15)

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Indoor Percussion Scholarship Opportunities

As we get into the beginning of the Indoor season, the deadlines for scholarship opportunities are fast approaching.  There are literally thousands of different scholarships out there for students entering college.  Some are big and some are small, but they all add up.  With the ever-increasing cost of tuition at most universities, it would be in every student’s best interest to look into their options.  The great thing about the Indoor Percussion activity is that there are a few different scholarship opportunities available specifically within the activity.  With a focused target group of students in the activity, and the fact that the majority of eligible students won’t take the time to actually apply for the scholarship, your odds of being awarded one of these scholarships are fairly high.

Here are a couple opportunities you should look into if you’re a graduating senior (or underclassmen planning for the future).

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2017 Indoor Percussion Season Almost Here

We’re a little over one week away from the first indoor competition of the year!  Our friends in Southern California get a jump start on competition season and have their first SCPA contest on February 4th.  This will be the first performance for PIW groups like RCC, Dark Sky, and Pulse.

I’m excited to see more about Pulse’s show “The Uninvited”.  They posted some teaser artwork for the show on their facebook page last week.

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The Midwest has to wait an additional week before the first contests for IPA on February 11th,  MEPA on February 12th, and a WGI Regional event in Troy, MI on the 11th as well.  I’m not sure yet which Indiana groups are going out for that first show on the 11th, but it looks like MEPA will get to see Rhythm X at the Nutter Center on the 12th.

Check back here for recaps and videos after events throughout the season!

Everything Starts With The Tap Off

Welcome to The Tap Off!  This is a site dedicated to all things marching percussion.  My idea for this site started when I noticed there isn’t a centralized place to find news, info, recaps, reviews, etc in the marching percussion world.  After being a performer and teacher in the drumline world for over 10 years now, I’ve watched our activity evolve and grow into what it is today.  Here’s to watching it continue to grow and evolve even more over the next 10 years!

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