Seavine goes to Super Bowl LIII with Equinox Percussion and Maroon 5!
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Imagine a large NFL stadium where all 100,000 seats are full of screaming fans. Now put 5,000 of those stadiums next to each other totaling 500,000,000 people and that’s how many viewers watched Equinox Percussion throw down at Super Bowl LII with Maroon 5!

If you were watching along at home you probably had that moment during the halftime performance where you thought, “Holy crap, a drumline!” This once in a lifetime opportunity was organized by the WGI World Class ensemble Equinox Percussion with director Jake Lyons at the reins. “Equinox was both thrilled and humbled to be asked on as feature cast for SBLIII.” Jake said. “It was such a wonderful opportunity to bring so many friends together to create something so unique, and what an incredible platform for promoting the marching and pageantry arts! We will remember this one for years to come!” 

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Seavine was thrilled to play a part in this historic night. The “Maroon 5 Cymbal Line” was comprised of Zack Blessing, Seaon Carter, KC Stanley, and Seavine CEO Chelsea Levine. They were sporting black pairs of The Cymbal Gloves, Cymbal Pads, and Cymbal Straps. A huge thank you goes out to SABIAN Cymbals for providing the cymbal line with brand new plates for the game.

When reflecting on the experience it wasn’t just the setting foot on stage that excited the group. "I think one of my favorite parts of the Super Bowl LIII was the staff that helped us throughout the rehearsal process and of course the 3 day rehearsal concert by Maroon 5. Derek and Jamye are two very personable and communicative people and we were so lucky to have them guide us through the Super Bowl process.” said Blessing. The week long rehearsals went smooth as can be for EQX thanks to the amazing staff and members on both sides.

Check out a replay of the beginning of Girls Like You by Maroon 5 featuring Equinox Percussion.

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Please Welcome Izzi Jasperse to the Team!
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We are thrilled to announce the newest member of the Seavine team, Isabel Jasperse! Better known as “Izzi”, will be running all aspects of our social media over the next several months. Our latest offering with this social media internship is geared towards engaging with our followers in a way we never have before. Izzi will be the face of Seavine as we launch many exciting campaigns. Tag us, share, DM us and Izzi will help you out! She loves band, cymbals, and drums just as much as the rest of us. Read more about Izzi here!

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Seavine Social Media Internship Opportunity
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Calling all social media studs and band people!

We are pumped to offer a social media internship at Seavine! This internship will be focused on helping us strengthen and build upon all of our social media platforms. We are looking forward to working closely with someone to give them experience and insights on social media for a growing company. This is an unpaid internship but could turn into a paid position. We can get in contact with your respective university to seek college credit for this program.

You can read more about and apply for the internship here!

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Seavine extends clinic offering for all Indiana percussionists
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We are extremely excited to partner with the Indiana Percussion Association for their 2018 Day of Percussion. The clinic on December 8th will be instructed by world class cymbal technicians Christopher Carlin of Centerville High School and Chelsea Levine of Rhythm X. The Rhythm X Plateline will be the featured line for the third year in a row.

“We’re taking a new spin on our cymbal clinic this year.” Seavine CEO says. “For the IPA Day of Percussion our clinic will be for all percussionists attending and focused on those that might teach or write for a drumline in the future but have never marched cymbals.” The clinic will be a masterclass focused on basic technique, writing, and designing.

When IPA President Jeff Queen approached Seavine about this idea we were ecstatic for the opportunity to educate the masses. With over 100 people registered this is going to be a historic event for the cymbal community.

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Make sure you’re following Seavine on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat for updates during the event on December 8th! If you’re in the Indiana area it’s not too late to register online or at the door. Click here for more information!

Location: Plainfield High School

Time: 1:00PM

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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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