The Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers is a great way for dedicated musicians to discover what it means to be part of a corps, uniting to create a blistering celebration of rhythm and sound. If you have the passion and the drive to learn, whether you’re an intermediate or advanced drummer, the group may have a place for you. You can explore traditional marching drums, syncopated cadences, street beats and funky rhythms.
We're all about making a growling, powerful drum sound that either makes people want to dance, or run like hell the other way. We use old-school leg drums, super-sized bass drums, cymbals made out of Kryptonite (this might not be totally correct), and a big heart inside every player. The result is the booming syncopation that brought you here to our site.
We hold practices every Wednesday from 6:30pm-8:00pm, and every Sunday from 10:30am-1:00pm. Anyone interested in joining the group is welcome to stop by either of these practices to see how we hold a rehearsal, and find out more about becoming a member. Come to 232 SE Oak St. any Wednesday at 6:30pm, or most Sundays at 10:30am and ask for Greg Odell.
We also offer a FREE 16 week training course every year that runs from the first week of January through the end of April. The training course is held on Sundays from 10:30am-1:00pm. This is where we teach our trainees basic snare, tenor, bass, cymbal and marching technique, as well as the cadences and syncopated rhythms that are the basis for our group. CDs, written music and training videos are available at no cost to trainees.
Once you master the drumbeats and marching techniques, you can try out for the band, gaining your uniform and a place in the line to start performing at shows. We play an average of 4 shows per month and expect members to make at least 2/3 of the shows.
Nope, just show up. We have practice instruments and sticks (or mallets for the deeper drums). We even have a training videos on our website so you can practice the drum beats at home.
These big, undampened drums give us our unique sound and volume:
There is never a fee for training to become a part of our drum corps. Once you become a gigging member, there are optional travel opportunities that may incur a cost—but they are the exception rather than the rule.