Drum Majoring – Certificate

Grade 1

Understanding the role of a Drum-Major

  • History of the Drum-Major – Section A, pp. 6-9
  • Drum-Major’s Function – Section A, pp. 10-11
  • The Drum-Major’s Mace – Section A, pp. 12-14

Drill (Section C, pp.38-40)

  • Stand easy
  • Stand at ease
  • Attention
  • The Carry Position
  • Right Turn
  • Left Turn
  • About Turn

NOTE:

Attention should be paid to the correct way to hold mace, correct deportment and Foot Drill

Candidates should note that they are required to have completed Grade 1 Theory of Music before proceeding beyond Grade 3 Practical

 

Grade 2

Marching

  • Marching to voice commands and single drum beat – Section C, pp.49-50
  • Marching to 6/8 rhythm – Section E, pp.66

NOTE:

  • Time signatures are explained in Theory of Music, Grades 1& 2)
  • Marching with correct posture and movement of arms, carrying the mace – Section C, pp.41-42
  • Putting up mace and stopping the band – Section C, p.47
  • Marking Time – Section C, p.45

 Drill on the march

  • Carry to attention and moving off – Section C, p.41
  • Saluting at attention and on the march – Section C, pp.50-51
  • Mace Signal – Section C, pp. 43-47
  • Left Wheel and Right Wheel – Section C, p.43
  • Marking Time – Section C, pp.45-46

 NOTE:

Candidates should note that they are required to have completed Grade 1 Theory of Music before proceeding beyond Grade 3 Practical

 

Grade 3

Dress Code

  • Basic understanding of correct way to wear uniform – Section B, pp.15-35

 Flourish

  • Introduction to basic flourish – Section D, pp.58-60

Grade 4

Band Drills

  • Stopping band in correct position and band situation – Section C, pp.46-47
  • Voice Commands – Section C, pp.49-50
  • Bringing band to attention and moving off
  • Halting and falling out of band
  • Pacing/State Walk – Section C, p.42
  • Being able to carry out full functions of a Drum Major in charge of a band – Section C, pp.48-49
  • Counter March – About turn for competition and band situation – Section C, pp.44-45

 

Grade 5

Flourish

  • Learning to flourish with timing of music
  •  Being able to carry out a competition function
  • Marching and flourishing in time to music incorporating about turns and marking time – Section D, pp.66-68

Competition Format

  • Dress – Section E, p.65
  • Marching and Deportment – Section E, pp.66-68
  • Flourish – Section D, pp.58-60
  • Method of Adjudication – Section E, p.63

Marching and Discipline

  • Positioning of Ranks and Dressing – Section C, pp.48-49

Rules and Regulations

  • See Section F, p.72