"Listening back" is a term typically used in the front ensemble (pit) of a marching band or drum corps. It refers to the active listening to the music coming from behind you with the intent of placing your self squarely in the pocket of the ensemble. This term is equally applicable to a band leader - making sure he is locking in his groove with the groove of the musicians with whom he's creating sound. In so many cases, listening back is a fundamental technique used in the cultivation of great music. By extension, like most musical skills, listening back is an essential life skill as well. It is of vital importance to keep learning and to continue to grow by revering everyone who came before you. Listening back to these voices is key to success. That's why I am developing this mallet percussion education program: not to replace the teacher you have right in front of you, but to enhance his or her work.
This program is for the student getting ready for auditions.
This program is for the band director and his students in an area without access to specialized instruction.
This program is for the beginner just picking up sticks.
This program is for the professional that wants some fresh business perspectives.
This program is for the marching band nuts and drum corps heads.