Clinic & Contest



This year we are so excited to be hosting the Battle at the Lakes in Rhodes Stadium.

1733 Katyland Dr, Katy, TX 77493

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Any size ensemble that is not quite ready for competition, but wants the educational positives of an early clinic.

Advanced Small

A max ensemble size of 29 students that is ready to be competitive with other programs.

Advanced Large

​​Any size ensemble (or any competitive ensemble over 29 students) that is ready to be competitive with other programs.


First - Third overall

Best Tenor, Snare, Bass, Front Ensemble and Cymbal Line overall


Tom Rarick

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In 2009, Tom assumed the role of percussion arranger/composer for the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps, after serving as the front ensemble arranger since 2002.  Prior to his involvement with the Bluecoats, he was a marching and staff member with the Cadets of Bergen County. Tom is currently a percussionist with the United States Air Force Band, stationed at Bolling AFB Washington, DC; a position he has held since 1997. He received a Bachelor of Arts in percussion performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he studied under Dr. Gary Olmstead and Dr. Jack Stamp. Tom is in demanad as an arranger, clinician, consultant, and adjudicator for groups across the country.  He is proud to be a signature artist for Innovative Percussion and also endorses Evans Drumheads. Tom currently resides in Laurel, MD with his wife Tricia, and their dog Petey.

Zach Schlicher

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Zach Schlicher began performing in the marching arts in 1997. As a member of his high school marching band, Zach was exposed to Drum Corps International. In 2001, he earned a position in the snare line with The Cadets and continued to perform there for the next four seasons. Upon aging out, he began teaching the Madison Scouts. After two seasons with the Scouts, he spent the next ten seasons on the faculty of Carolina Crown. Currently, he is on the faculty of the Boston Crusaders. Away from the drum corps field, Zach works with several scholastic and independent programs within Winter Guard International, Bands of America, as well as international ensembles. During the fall and winter months, he occasionally adjudicates marching bands and indoor percussion ensembles around the United States. Zach studied percussion at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Along with his design/instruction commitments, Zach occasionally performs on cast with Aerial Experience Productions, JQProductions and has performed with Blue Devils Entertainment. For quick educational features, he can be found on VicFirth.com in the video lesson series, “Hybrid Rudiments.” Over the course of twenty years, he has been able to develop a unique set of skills which allow him to take on multiple responsibilities and roles with any ensemble. 

Joe Roach

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Mr. Roach found his passion for the marching activity while attending Prospect High School in Mt. Prospect, IL. Joe went on to perform with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps and study at the University of Iowa. Upon returning to the Chicago land area, Joe became a freelance percussion instructor, focusing on the marching activity. Joe has worked with several top tier programs in the area including Lake Park H.S. (Roselle, IL), Prospect H.S. (Mt. Prospect, IL), Batavia H.S. (Batavia, IL) and many more. In addition to teaching Joe has arranged for several groups in the area most notably Lake Park H.S. (BOA Semi-Finalist). While in Chicago Joe rejoined The Cavaliers organization in 2007 helping to create Green Thunder Percussion/ Cavaliers Indoor Percussion. Joe eventually took over as director of the ensemble in 2013. The ensemble grew from an A Class WGI competing group to a two time World Class finalist during it’s 11 year run. Joe also joined the percussion education staff of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011 and became the corps director in 2017. Mr. Roach is currently the Executive Director for Music City Youth in the Arts in Nashville, TN. This performing arts non-profit organization focuses on local music education with it’s premier ensemble, Music City Drum Corps. Joe continues to judge and consult with various high schools and independent organizations

Rick Rodriguez

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Mr. Rick Rodriguez is currently the percussion director and Associate band director at Cedar Ridge High School, Round Rock TX.   Rick has been the director of the Cedar Ridge Symphonic Band and is currently assisting all of the Cedar Ridge Concert Bands and the Cedar Ridge Wind Ensemble.  He is also the primary director of the Cedar Ridge Jazz Ensemble and the Cedar Ridge percussion program.  Mr Rodriguez and his ensembles have been fortunate to have several appearances at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic held annually in Chicago IL. Mr Rod is also a busy and active percussion arranger and versatile clinician.  In his younger days, Rick was the “center snare” of the infamous University of North TX PASIC Drum Line where he earned his bachelor’s degree.   Rick was also a snare drummer for the Concord Blue Devils.   Rick has been a staff member of the Blue Devils, Phantom Regiment, Blue Knights and is currently with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.  He has also been on the adjudicating staff of Drum Corps International (DCI), Bands of America (BOA) and is currently on the WGI judging panel.   Mr. Rodriguez is endorsed by the Zildjian Cym Co., Innovative Percussion, and Evans Drum Heads.

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