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Terence L. Higgins
Executive Director

Derrick Hilliard
Drumline Director

Raymond Ellison
Event Coordinator

Charles Smith
Drumline Director Instructor

Shoan Ruffin Recruiting Director/Instructor

Keith Johnson
Mallet Specialist

Darin Celestin
Drum Major Specialist

The Louisiana Drumline Camp (a non-profit organization) is a newly formed group of drum instructors from New Orleans organized by Terence Higgins of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Derrick Hilliard, Shoan Ruffins, Keith Johnson, Charles Smith and Raymond Ellison. The Louisiana Drumline Camp is dedicated to rebuilding and preserving a long standing drumming tradition that exists in this community. A dedicated effort to help rebuild the community is emphasized by working directly with our youth and exposing them to a specific art form from today’s living legends. The drum line camp develops leadership and discipline through hands-on, fun learning of rudiments for students ages 8-18.

Each year, the Louisiana Drumline Camp hosts a variety of enriching events for youth which include one day minicamps, school workshops, master classes and a college “Career Day” trip for students. The “Career Day” event allows the Louisiana Drumline Camp instructors to select up to 40 dedicated music students to visit a specified college or university campus while participating in the University’s “Career Day” activities. The participants for the “Career Day” trip learn about scholarship opportunities and visit with the University music department. The workshops offer students the opportunity to learn innovative techniques, meet and greet with legendary percussionists from around the world, and motivate the students to remain actively engaged with their music education.

All the events have had measurable success. We began our workshop events in 2009; we had 3 events with an average of 100 participants , and saw growth in 2010 with 3 events averaging 300 participants in total. The LDC looks forward to expanding its programs and number of participants that it can include in 2011 with its Strap Up 2011 Program.

The Louisiana Drumline Camp LLC. (LDC) is a non-profit organization that was founded in March of 2009. The Louisiana Drumline Camp aims to impact all of the drumming students in the New Orleans Charter Schools and Recovery School District.

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