How to Run a World Class Drumline with Ike Jackson

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Ever wonder what exceptional drumlines do to perform at high levels and stay consistent from year to year?

In this interview, I'm joined by Ike Jackson.  Ike is the head percussion instructor at Ayala High School and percussion caption head of The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps.  Both the groups have seen great success under Ike's direction and he got on Drumline Chops to share his stories and methods with the community.

In this interview, Ike and I talk at length about how to run a successful drumline from an educational standpoint as well as what it takes to be a member of a successful drumline.  Here are just a few of the things you'll learn when you listen to the interview:

  1. How Ike used to not be able to read music and how he overcame it
  2. What to do if your students aren't taking care of business
  3. Why Rudimental Drumming is All in Your Head
  4. Things You Can do This Week to Improve Your Rudimental Drumming
  5. And Much More...

Seriously, Ike throws down in this interview.  Get a pencil, a notebook, and a glass of water - it's time to take some notes! 

Click Here to Listen to the Ike Jackson Drumline Chops Interview


About Ike Jackson

Ike Jackson has worked with over 35 different percussion programs in the high school, college, and drum corps level.  He's been working with the Ayala High School Drumline since 1991 and currently serves as their head percussion instructor.  Ike is also the percussion head and arranger at The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps based out of Arizona.  Ike Jackson has marched for the Riverside Community College Drumline as well as the DCI World Champion 1994 Concord Blue Devils.  He is a founding member of the SCPA (Southern California Percussion Alliance) and is very active in the DCI and WGI circuits.

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Pat McLaughlin

24 January 2013 in Interview
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Pat McLaughlin

Pat McLaughlin is the founder of Drumline Chops.  He graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in music education and is currently the percussion director at West Bloomfield High School.