This Is Where We Are, Where Are We Going?
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If all 22 of the world class drum corps decided to field a cymbal line tomorrow would there be 22 qualified and available cymbal technicians to teach them for the entirety of the summer? If those 22 world class drum corps were looking for 4 cymbal players for each of their lines would there be 88 talented, available, and financially capable members to march in them? I personally in good conscience could not say that there would be. Do the 22 program coordinators have the insight, skill, knowledge, and interest into successfully implementing a cymbal line into their productions? Are all 22 world class percussion arrangers familiar with the implements, sounds, and techniques of an upper echelon marching cymbal line? Do those 22 percussion caption heads have the knowledge base to give confident, quality, and constructive feedback relating to the cymbal instrument? In my opinion the answer to these questions is no. This is the reality that surrounds fielding a cymbal line.

If we take a moment to look within our craft there’s a lot of room for improvement. Ask yourself this, as a teacher or marching member of a cymbal line have you ever made an excuse as to why the cymbal line shouldn’t do what the rest of the battery is doing? 2 reps on 1 rep off while tracking? Do you not warm up with the rest of the battery at the start of a day or at a show? Do you ask for more subs time? Do you sacrifice sound quality for a visual sequence? Have you put in a visual based off of tradition and not design? As a more relevant/current visual element, do you have extraneous noise that otherwise wouldn’t be there while both cymbals are in one hand to achieve a “cool” visual? Anytime as instructors or members we allow these things to happen we are simply making an excuse for ourselves and our craft. We are justifying and segregating ourselves from the larger group. Can you imagine what would happen if a snare line put in a stick trick that by design made extra noise by hitting themselves together or the rim of the drum before playing? It’s pretty easy, that visual would be taken out. Anytime we do not hold ourselves to these same standards we stop growth in its tracks for the instrument we care so much about. Yes, these are the challenges of our instrument in particular but every instrument has their own obstacles. Tenors are heavy and the music takes longer to learn, you can’t see while marching bass drum, your splits don’t matter if everyone doesn’t play theirs, the lists go on and on.

This brings me to, how did we get here? It’s seems there’s a hole, a cycle that we’re in where we’re put in positions where we not only have to defend our craft but we have to get a group of people to understand why we care so much about it. We have to explain to the masses who lack knowledge and experience in marching cymbals why we’re relevant, why we matter, and why we belong. Here we are trying to get through to percussion caption heads, directors, judges and other musicians who are frankly uninformed and intimidated to teach or interact with a foreign instrument. We want those people to know that although this wasn’t your instrument or outlet into activity that you can learn as did we.

As a cymbal community we need to set our goals bigger than reinstating cymbal lines. We need to be better teachers. We need to educate more. We need to provide resources for not only cymbal players, but cymbal technicians, arrangers, caption heads, judges, directors—whomever wants to learn more about marching cymbals. We need to seek information on how to be better teachers and better members. Most of us have no formal teaching training. Besides cymbal homework, have you ever had required reading about leadership or communication for your lines? We can’t point the finger at people who just don’t know, we have to help them. We can’t speak out of anger or emotion, but facts, passion, and positive intent. In the coming weeks I intend to provide more resources through the Seavine platform for those that are interested on various topics. I want to help in any way I can. In the past it’s been marching, teaching, financial contributions through The Cymbal Scholarship, clinics. I now realize that I can do more.

And if you feel inclined, informed, or interested you can too.

Chelsea Levine

Seavine, CEO

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2018 WGI Championships Media Coverage Sign up!
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Much like previous years, we will be in full force at WGI World Championships in Dayton, OH with our very own Pedro Rodriguez and media team! To make sure we get coverage of as many cymbal lines as possible, we are looking to double check our list of performing groups using Seavine products this winter. If you and your group are wearing The Cymbal Gloves or our other products please fill out the form below.

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***If you see one of our media team members in your lot, please help them get the best spot possible to record you!

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PASIC Clinic a Huge Success!

On Friday November 10th in Indianapolis, Seavine made history at PASIC presenting the first known marching cymbal clinic! With the help of the Rhythm X Plateline and Drumset Player Zachary Hudson, Chelsea Levine gave insight on how to best implement and teach a marching cymbal line. In the session they went over topics such as parallels of cymbal basics to other battery instruments, cymbal technique, and how to incorporate music and visuals into a production. "This was a very unique opportunity to publicly express some overlooked functions for cymbal lines, and how they can positively influence the show as a whole," Christopher Carlin of the Rhythm X Plateline said.

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"Being included in a PASIC clinic was an exciting view into the educational side of the percussive arts," second year Rhythm X cymbal player Adrian Amegashi said. "This year was the first PASIC and I hope to be able to take part in future cymbal education clinics to spread the obscure art."

We also took this opportunity to hold our first live stream via Facebook. The clinic entitled, Designing and Marching for Modern Marching Cymbals was viewed far and wide with views counts approaching 4,000! If you'd like to watch or rematch the clinic yourself head here or go to our Facebook page.

We caught up with Alex Huizen, three year member and ageout of RXP after the clinic. "Being a part of the Seavine marching cymbal clinic was a very rewarding experience. Providing visual aid to educators hoping to further develop their programs cymbal line made me feel hopeful for young cymbal players. I spoke with young aspiring marchers after the clinic about cymbals and my journey as a cymbal player; encouraging them to never give up on their dreams."

"I'm extremely humbled by the turn out and feedback from the PASIC clinic," Chelsea said. "I look forward to future opportunities to help spread cymbal education to anyone who is interested."

If you or anyone you know is interested in hosting a clinic or learning more about cymbals send an email to info@seavine.co and we'll help anyway we can! 

Once again thank you to PASIC, SABIAN, Rhythm X, and Lot Riot for all their help with the clinic!

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Seavine goes to PASIC with the Rhythm X Plateline!
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We are excited to announce that Seavine owner Chelsea Levine will be presenting a clinic at PASIC 2017! This clinic is a year in the making and she couldn't be more excited for the opportunity to come to fruition. 

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The clinic is entitled, "Teaching and Designing for Modern Marching Cymbals" and will include the 2017 Rhythm X Plateline and Drumset player as the demonstrators. This educational opportunity will be geared towards band and percussion directors who may not have a cymbal tech or cymbal experience. The goal is to give educators and designers the confidence they need to successfully and effectively field a modern marching cymbal line. 

Chelsea, with the help of RXP, will go through various training exercises for their foundation of technique as well as their ideologies of music and visual writing.

Huge thank you to PASIC, SABIAN Cymbals, and Rhythm X for helping make this happen. If you're interested in learning more about cymbals come check out the clinic on Friday November 10th at 4PM in room 205 of the Indiana Convention Center.

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Bluecoats Present Jagged Line and Seavine

We are proud to announce the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps are using The Hornline Gloves by Seavine for the 2017 DCI season! When we were approached by the Bluecoats to help outfit the hornline with their new uniforms we could not have been more excited.

With a fresh new look for their production of Jagged Line, Bloo contemplates the nature of contrast and variation through four iconic artists never afraid to explore the possibility of divergence. The Bluecoats we all know and love have a reputation for pushing the envelope and not being afraid to innovate within the marching arts. With larger than life props, hip music, and uniforms that no one has ever dreamed to be so cool, we are thrilled to be teamed up with such a prestigious organization. To learn more about #Bloo17 head to www.bluecoats.org or on social media here.