Indoor Drumline is an extracurricular ensemble comprised of marching band’s two percussion sections: the battery and front ensemble. Like marching band, indoor Drumline uses a combination of visual, musical, and theatrical performance to convey a theme or story (though in a gymnasium, instead of on a football field). The indoor season begins as the outdoor season ends, and typically runs from November to the first weekend in April. Broad Run currently competes in the Atlantic Indoor Association competition circuit, attending multiple Saturday competitions between February and April.
The majority of students in Indoor Drumline are returners from marching band, both percussionists and wind players. Some members have no marching band experience at all – Indoor Drumline welcomes orchestra, guitar, and middle school students, and solo instrumentalists with no prior ensemble involvement. Though any student may participate, auditions are held to establish instrumentation within the ensemble.
Students are expected to practice often and work hard both in and outside of rehearsal, and are held to the same standard of musicianship that characterizes all of Broad Run’s music programs. Rehearsals and competitions are both mandatory.
Interest meetings for Indoor Drumline are typically held toward the end of the marching band season. Dues are paid before the indoor season begins; financial aid is available to those who require it.
Broad Run’s Indoor Drumline was started by former band director Lisa Napoli Smith in 2008, and was initially student run. Since its inception, the program has grown substantially in both student membership and staff, and earned first place in AIA’s circuit in 2013 and 2016. Additionally, our indoor drumline works and maintains a strong relationship with its sister organization, winter guard.
Thank you for your interest! Any questions, please contact Mr. Dempsey or the Percussion Director, Dylan Mercer.