Valley Fest 2012!

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Date(s) - 05/12/2012
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Fresno State Music Department

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A message from NorFest Founder and SCV / Anaheim Kingsmen Alum Dale Lofgren…

NorFesters, NoteFesters, BDers, SCVers, Freelancers, Valley Feverens, Kingsmen, VKers, High Schoolers and drummers of all ages, ability, backgrounds and instruments!

YOU are invited to attend, play, instruct, hype or just watch at the Inaugural Valley Fest! Sponsored by The Valley Thunder Drumline, Gary P Gilroy Publications and The Fresno State Marching Band. The date of this Great Valley gathering is Saturday, May 12th at Fresno State (in front of the Fresno State Music Building) from 1:00-5:00pm.

Drummers of all ages and backgrounds from all over the West will gather to:

1:00-2:00pm – Large Drumline Warm-ups: Easy to moderate level Blue Devil flavored warm ups will be facilitated by veteran BD/SCVer Michael French! Come play some 8 & 8s in a large line with your old friends and the new friends that you will make!

2:00-3:00pm – Youth Clinic: Whether your brand new to drumming or you have been on a line with your school, these drumming veterans will work with kids of all ages to teach basics, technique, flair, and
possibly light the fire of a potentially life long love of notes and playing.

3:00-4:00pm -Large Drumline Intermediate to Advance Exercises:
For those of the group who want to cook some notes and come play moderate to advanced BD material in a line with those who played it on the field. If you are afraid of fuzzing or breaking, never fear play in the line with a pad on the drum, also facilitated by Michael French.

4:00-5:00pm Solo Stone Ground 7, SCV 1980: You’ve seen the DVDs and played along to the solo in your home. Now come learn the actual stickings and play parts of the solo in a line with some of the players who were there when that DVD was made at DCI Finals! Michael French will facilitate measures of this winning “Favorite West Coast Corps Drum Solo”.

Valley Fest 2012 beckons to be a day of drumming, stories, catching up with old friends, making new friends, sharing with new drummers, learning something new, remembering something old and hype! Don’t miss it! Time is short, life is fast, and the chance to dust off the sticks and play with this group of drummers RARE!

The sponsoring drumline, Valley Thunder, is the child of NorFest 2011. Born out of a love of notes, playing, connecting, and sharing with new drummers, the spirit of the line and area is strong and pure. Fresno has sent out and shared many of its native sons with the drum corps world over the decades. It is time to now experience notes in the Valley first hand. So, come on out and note a spell or just watch. It will be thundering notes on May 12th!

Eats and good-times after at Buffalo Wild Wings across the street from the Fresno State.

See you on May 12th for some 8 & 8s!

Dale Lofgren