New Member Meet & Greet!
Curious about how you could become a member of the Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers? Come meet the members and learn more! We will be hosting a new potential member "Meet & Greet" on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 at 6:00pm. Meet up at our studio, located at 232 SE Oak Street, Portland. If you want to find out if you have what it takes…
We are now taking signups for our 2017 training series!
The 2017 training course begins on Sunday, January 8th, 2017 at 10:00am. The course runs every Sunday from 10:30am – 1:00pm, for sixteen weeks through the end of April.
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 hold practices every Wednesday from 6:30pm-8:00pm, and every Sunday from 11:45am-2:00pm. 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 11:45am and ask for Greg Odell.
We also offer a 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 11:45am-2:00pm. 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.
What is the Last Regiment all about?
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.
So how do I join the group?
Come out and practice! We hold regular practices for all members every Wednesday evening. Come to 232 S.E. Oak (Oak & 3rd ) at 6:30 on Wednesdays and ask for Greg Odell. Sit in and listen your first time, or if you're all ready to rock we'll get you a practice drum or cymbals for the session. We also practice most Sundays at 12:30, and we recommend that new players come to as many of these practices as possible.
That's it? I show up for practice and I'm in?
Not so fast! Come practice with us. Learn the beats and learn your part. Get to know the group. If you thrive on it, then as the weeks pass you'll be invited to join the group at performances. But to get that coveted jacket with your name on it, you'll have to pass the entrance exam. When you're ready, we'll create a group with you on your drum, and one person on each other instrument. Greg will call a bunch of cadences, and we'll all get to listen to the sound of four drummers doing their stuff. If you do the right thing, you're in! If not... keep practicing, and try again!
Do I get to pick which drum I'll play?
Not really, though you do get to express a preference. Greg assigns newcomers to sections based on how badly we need help in that section, and based on your past experience. If you desperately want to play bass drum, but we already have six active bass players and only one cymbal player, guess what? You go play cymbals. If you have past experience playing snare drum, especially if you've used the traditional grip, you'll probably go to snare. Those folks are harder to come by.
If I get put in one section, am I stuck there for the rest of my life?
Not unless you want to be there. We like to have people cross-train into other instruments after they've gotten comfortable and reliable with their first instrument. As long as switching to a new section won't harm the one you're leaving, Greg usually lets people move around and learn the new parts. But ultimately, it's his call as to who goes where, and when.
Ok, I'm lit up. Do I have to buy a drum? Music? Sticks?
Nope, just show up. We have practice instruments and sticks (or mallets for the deeper drums). We even have a training video that we can lend you that will let you practice beats at home.
How long does it take until I get to play at gigs?
It totally depends on you, your experience, how fast you learn things, how much work you put into it, and what kind of rhythm is in your soul. Typically, it'll take a few months of practice. For some, it's a bit shorter. Some people take longer. And some decide it's not right for them and leave. You won't know until you try, and whatever outcome you find is okay.
The Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers supplies all the drums and equipment:
These big undampened drums give us our unique sound and volume.
Interested? Contact Greg Odell at email@example.com.