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EST. 1980

Drum Major Grades

DRUM – MAJORS 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

 

 

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

             (N.B. 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 Signals

                Section C, pp. 43-47

  • Left Wheel and Right Wheel

                 Section C, p.43

  • Marking Time

                  Section C, pp.45-46

 

 

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

 

 

Theory of Music

  • NIPDS Grade 1

  • All piping set pieces to be played as monotones

 

 

Please note that candidates are not permitted to proceed to Grade 4 Practical until they have completed Grade 1 Theory of Music

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Theory of Music

  • NIPDS Grade 2

  • All piping set pieces to be played as monotones

 

 

Please note that candidates may proceed to Grade 5 Practical before they have completed Grade 2 Theory of Music but only if they have attempted the Grade 2 Examination and are currently enrolled to re-take the examination.

 

 

 

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

 

 

Theory of Music

  • NIPDS Grade 3

  • All piping set pieces to be played as monotones

 

 

Please note that any candidate who successfully completes Grade 5 may be prepared for SQA examination Level 2 on request.

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