Clinic for Balko Independent School District, Balko, OK

BOD Productions is pleased to announce that Edward Freytag and William Ellis will be presenting a clinic/session for the Balko Independent School District in Balko, Oklahoma, on Friday, December 14, from 7-9pm! The session titled “How Drummers and Percussionists work together in commercial music scenarios and school jazz ensembles” will be presented in the Balko HS Auditorium. The event will be informative and demonstrative for both students and instructors. For more info, contact David Hyrum Vaughn at

Pro Tip From Edward Freytag

Colleagues, as we begin our percussion competition seasons as instructors, techs, designers, and adjudicators, we should pay close attention to our tuning choices for our field battery instruments. As an adjudicator, I struggle each season in the box having to evaluate young percussionists that are placed in the unfortunate position of using equipment that has (as tactfully said as possible) some tuning challenges.

A few pointers, if I may...please consider the notion that a bass drum line should be tuned to compliment the written book and its designed demands. If your basses are playing a million notes, please find pitch placements and damping methods that will articulate the passages that you would like us to hear in the press box. Intervals between drums should in some fashion present a harmonic structure that will make sense in relation to the overall ensemble music book. I like to tune basses to harmonically compliment the most ballad-like moments in the show...that works musically great for me.

Be careful not to over-crank your tenor section to the point that the drums are choked and lose the natural resonance that a "tenor" voice should have. Remember...they are the middle voice in the field ensemble. I love the wonderful tuning and quality of sound that Paul Rennick gets with the SCV tenor line...that's the way the instrument should sound!

And now the soprano voice...our snare lines. Herein lies the greatest issues. All season I continually say to HS snarelines..."lack of ensemble unity"..."no clarity throughout"..."struggling with executing the written book"..."all attacks not together"..."work on cleanliness in sectionals"...blah, blah, blah. I then will explain WHY I'm making those comments if it is apparent that the line is actually well taught and well's tuning...! Instructors...please consider not forcing your 3-4 person HS snare line to play on drums so dry and boned so high that even the Blue Devils would struggle executing cleanly! Keep in mind that the beautiful "fuzz" we hear from 8-9 person DCI snare lines is created by a slight bit of dirt in the performance on highly tuned instruments...BUT...with 8-9 world class players, that dirt comes to the box as note length and as a beautifully fat sound. I dig it...! Your 3-4 HS players (no matter how well they are taught or rehearsed) performing on drums tuned in a similar fashion are sending 4 sets of individually heard notes to the press box making everything they play sound massively dirty instead of beautifully fat. Consider lowering the pitches a bit on the batter heads and "wetting" up the snare side a bit to create a little longer articulated sound and you might very well achieve that beautifully fat "fuzz" that we love to hear...and yes, your execution scores will jump through the roof as well as your content scores because everything is now very readable. There it is... Hope this is helpful to many. I look forward to hearing many of your lines from the box over the next couple of months! Take care and keep drumming!

Tennessee Aux Percussion Audition Music 2018

BOD PRODUCTIONS MUSIC SERVICES announces that the aux percussion etude for regional and state jazz auditions for Tennessee has just been sent to Cord Martin...hope you guys dig it! As always, I have a standing offer on the table to come (with my clinic partner, William Ellis) to any area or district in the state and do a presentation to students and/or directors on "how drummers and percussionists work together in school jazz and commercial ensembles". We assure you, the session will be great for those teaching and playing in jazz ensembles and/or auditioning for regional and state jazz groups. Give me a shout...!

Edward Freytag @ TxMEA

BOD PRODUCTIONS MUSIC SERVICES is pleased to announce that Edward Freytag will be presenting a product showcase of his newest and upcoming Row-Loff Productions collection of Grade I percussion solos and duets titled "First Solos & Duets" at the 2019 TxMEA music education conference in San Antonio, TX.  The event is scheduled for February of 2019 and will be open to all attendees at the conference.  More details coming...!