Should the 11 new DCI ensemble positions be put towards percussion/drum line?

With DCI increasing Ensemble size by 11, assuming all 11 go to percussion how should it look?

  • 11 more cymbals

    Votes: 1 50.0%
  • 11 more bass drums

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 11 more drum sets

    Votes: 1 50.0%
  • 11 more mallet instruments

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 11 more snare drums

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 11 more quads

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters


Diamond Member
I’d go watch if there were eleven drum sets added to the show. 🤡

Push pull stroke

Platinum Member
Two more bass drums, I think the bass drum line is the single best thing for developing your listening skills in DCI. Maybe a couple more quads, quad skills transfer really well to timpani and drum set, and are better for developing hand technique than snare.

Push pull stroke

Platinum Member
But I think there should be a second snare line that plays on calf heads, old-school rudimental style. It would be a unique voice in the ensemble.


Diamond Member


Diamond Member
I really don't think we need to up the number of people in the ensembles is going to get to the point of it being musical, and visual clutter, sort of like many indoor drumine shows. In fact, many shows have become very cluttered recently. All sections - brass, guard, percussion, are now always "yelling" for attention in a way. The idea and contrastof aural and visual space is diminishing

but if I had to choose, I would do marching cymbal lines - not 11 - more like 5, and then spread the other 6 positions out. To me, there is nothing more bad ass thhen a smoking cymbal line

you HAVE to watch the whole thing to see the famous "headchopper" visual they are known for...

but if I had even a 1/1000th of the bad ass that these guys have, I would be happy

from a writing standpoint, more than 5 basses is redundant...4 or 5 are the best situation for writing split parts.

I would possibly add tenors before snares b/c the tenor voice can get lost in the mix

so in short:

add 5 cymbals
add 2 tenors
and add 4 more in the Front Ensemble as needed

my perfect line would be

9 snares
6 tenors
5 basses
5 cymbals
6 marimbas
6 vibes
drum set
2 synth players
1 rack guy
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