Drill Designers – it’s time to embrace your creative propensity.

Join a summer workshop and learn how to build your design ideas into solidified drill with Pyware 3D. Learn some tips and tricks to our software that will help mold your vision of the perfect show into a reality. Each of these clinics provides a unique training opportunity to hone your skills.

Below are a few of the Pyware workshops taking place this summer.

JUNE 20-24, 2016

Internationally known, Craig Harms has held the position as the Principal Pyware 3D Consultant, presenting on the subject of Pyware 3D “Computerized Marching Band and Drum Corps Drill and Pageantry Design” in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Japan. Mr. Harms developed the acclaimed Creative Consultation Service that provides assistance to the technological and creative needs of Pyware 3D users worldwide.

Our well-esteemed colleague, Mr. Harms, will be the key presenter at Spirit of America’s sixth annual Pyware Visual Design Retreat, which will be held June 20th through June 24th in Orleans, Massachusetts. This exclusive workshop only allows 12 participants. Attendees will stay five days and six nights at a retreat facility, overlooking Cape Cod Bay with provided gourmet meals.

The clinic will focus on Pyware 3D with an additional emphasis on drill design concepts, which is a fundamental difference separating this Pyware workshop from others throughout the country. Participants will have the unique opportunity to practice within Pyware 3D using their original drill schemes. The Pyware Visual Design Retreat invites designers to bring their specific ideas into an interactive learning environment and receive instruction from a connoisseur of drill design and an opportunity for professional collaboration.

“Every level of Pyware user and drill designer will leave having completed drill for their program.”

“Every level of Pyware user and drill designer will leave having completed drill for their program,” Harms stated.

For additional information, click the link below:

Spirit of America Visual Design Retreat

JUNE 20-24, 2016

Instructor and show designer Richard Lopez launched his career in 1978 for high school bands and color guards all over the state of Texas. With originative designs, Richard has written shows for several UIL State marching finalists, indoor color guard champions and WGI regional champions. His design work landed him a position as Education Director for the Texas Educational Color Guard Association from 2005-2009, as well as President for the circuit from 2009-2015. In addition to writing for color guard ensembles, he also produces drill for marching bands.

We are honored to have a master “drill design pedagogue” such as Mr. Lopez hosting a Pyware workshop. The Performer’s Academy Drill Design Workshop has taken place the past three summers in Dallas, TX but this year will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in San Antonio, TX. (10110 US Highway 281 North, San Antonio, TX, 78216) The clinic will be held June 20th through June 24th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Band directors and drill designers of all levels are welcome to attend.

The Performer’s Academy Drill Design Workshop will cover the principle of design tools that Pyware 3D has to offer, provide instruction on how to build an effective story board for a show concept, and will give attendees an opportunity for some guided, hands on training.

The workshop will be geared toward drill designers that desire to create a compelling show through Pyware 3D.

“The focus of the clinic will come from the needs of those who attend to insure the information to create an effective show is received.”

“The focus of the clinic will come from the needs of those who attend to insure the information to create an effective show is received,” Lopez stated. “The clinic will maintain a positive learning environment and will adjust to all experience levels.”

For additional information, click on the link below:

Performer’s Academy Drill Design Workshop

JUNE 27 – JULY 1, 2016

Dan Ryder is once again offering his vast knowledge of both Pyware and drill design at his upcoming workshop in Plano, TX. Dan’s a distinguished instructor who has partnered with our team since Pyware started this journey over three decades ago, and has penned arguably the best printed resources for up and coming designers currently available.

Monday, June 27th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Quality Inn & Suites (N. Central Expressway, Plano, TX 75074), Mr. Ryder will be presenting a one-day Pyware & Marching Band Drill Designing Workshop, specifically geared toward drill design with Pyware 3D. A basic knowledge of Pyware 3D Version 7 or 8 is required to attend. The clinic will provide an overview of the most recent techniques necessary for a smooth and successful experience within our software.

Following the Pyware clinic, there will be an additional drill designing workshop taking place June 28th to July 1st from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, which will introduce Dan Ryder’s 6th Edition of The Techniques of Marching Band Show Designing (required text for the clinic). Contrived for university band directors or striving drill designers, this text explains how to teach others to design marching drills with Pyware. This resource provides instruction to successfully create a show through our program in addition to explaining how to relay this information as a teacher/director.

For additional information, please contact Dan Ryder:

Phone: 972-900-7371

JULY 15-17, 2016

While Smith Walbridge Clinics has been going strong for 67 years (founded in 1949), you could say that their Drill Design Workshop is still in its infancy going into year 13 of operation. Make no mistake, however, as the biggest drill design clinic in the Midwest packs some serious seat filling power.

For starters, there’s a duo at the helm of this workshop:

Dr. Corey Spurlin serves as Marching Band Director, Associate Director of Bands, and Associate Professor of Music at Auburn University. Under his direction, the Auburn University Marching Band, with 380 students, has the largest membership in university history and has performed twice at the Southeastern Conference Championship and BCS National Championship games, as well as the Chick-fil-a Bowl, the Outback Bowl, and overseas at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, Ireland. Corey serves as the Alabama State Chair for the National Band Association, and is an active guest conductor, clinician, lecturer, and adjudicator throughout the United States.

Christopher Beason is the Woodwind Instructor at Mary Lillard Intermediate and Assistant Director at Danny Jones Middle School and Timberview High School in our wonderful Texas Public Schools. Prior to his move to Texas, Chris’ ensembles performed at the IMEA All-State conference as well as receiving top honors in the jazz, concert and marching fields. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he designs field shows for marching bands of all sizes around the country. Chris has been with Smith Walbridge for 16 years and will instruct the drill writing classes for directors and drum majors in addition to instructing various marching and techniques classes.

Rarely do you get the opportunity to learn from a team of such talented individuals, and we’re thrilled that our software will be a focal point for the workshop. The Smith Walbridge Clinics: Drill Design Workshop will be held July 15-17, 2016 on campus of Eastern Illinois University. The workshop is a “hands on” experience focusing on class instruction and individual assistance in writing your own drill. Beginners and seasoned veterans alike will benefit from this workshop as you’ll have the opportunity to work on your own drills with the assistance of a clinician.

Computer lab machines will be outfitted with our software, however attendees are encouraged to bring their own copy of the program with their notebook computers. Pyware 3D Interactive will be available for purchase at a discounted price during the workshop. Resident attendees will have instruction, housing, and all meals provided, while commuter attendees will have instruction, lunch, and dinner provided.

For more information (including the opportunity to earn CPDU, Post Graduate credits, and even FREE tuition), click the link below:

Smith Walbridge Clinics: Drill Design Workshop


Do not miss out on an opportunity this summer to enhance your craft as a drill designer. Reserve a place at a Pyware workshop and learn from some of the most renowned drill instructors across the globe!

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