04.02.2007 // MOC-Floyd Valley Senior High School at Iowa Day of Percussion!

The Pride of the Dutchmen Drumline

The drumline at MOC-Floyd Valley is organized as a portion of the high school marching band (The Pride of the Dutchmen Marching Band). There are currently 26 percussion students enrolled in the band program of which 18 are marching in the drumline and 7 perform in the front ensemble and 1 is a member of the visual ensemble.
Auditions for drumline are held at the end of May each year with formal rehearsals beginning around August 1. Students may audition for any or every instrument that they want to play. Students are placed according to ability and ensemble considerations.
Performances – In addition to performing as a portion of the marching band, the drumline performs at various functions and events through the schools and the communities including a series of 5 performances in front of thousands of spectators at the Orange City Tulip Festival in May.
Instruction – There are NO specialized percussion instructors or drumline instructors in the MOC-Floyd Valley school system. This necessitates a great deal of self motivation on the part of individual members. The drumline is instructed through a combination of former students, current students, outside percussion specialists and the high school marching band director. Some of the percussion specialists that have recently worked with the drumline include:

John Willmarth – The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps
Mark Hunter – The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, BLAST
Kit Chatham – BLAST
Nate Eby – BLAST
Josh Bowman – BLAST
Dr. Paul Garcia - North Carolina State University
Ellis Hampton – The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps
Will Schouten – The University of Iowa
Paul Connell – The University of Iowa
Steve Connell is the Marching Band Director.

2007 Drumline Members

Josh White – 12 * *denotes Section Leader
Gustavo Vasquez – 12
Doug Stienstra – 12
Andrew Peterson – 11
Danielle Hop – 10
Drew Nonnemacher – 12 *
Matt Vander Werff – 12
Michael Olsen – 11
Shanna Aberson - 10
Dan Locker – 10
Noah Adams – 12 * (Drum Captain)
Blair Punt – 12
Cody Huizenga – 12
Zach Pals – 9
Aaron Janssen – 10 *
Graham Kinsinger – 10
Nolan Blythe – 9
Nathan White - 9