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Clinic & Contest


BATL (Formerly known as Battle at the Lakes) is the premier clinic and contest in the Greater Houston Area. Founded in the Fall of 2018, BATL has provided percussion programs of all sizes and skill levels the opportunity to work with some of the best and experienced educators in the activity. Competing ensembles are provided a 30 minute slot of time to perform their show for our 4 clinicians. Following their performance, groups will be given a 15-20 minute clinic where our 4 clinicians will work directly with the students and directors. In addition to the clinic, every group will receive feedback through our competition suite software, a recording of their performance, and a full ensemble picture following the conclusion of the clinic!

We hope that you consider registering for the contest this year!


This year's contest will be held at Legacy Stadium! The same contest sites as BOA Katy and the Katy Marching festival.

Address: 1830 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 for each classification

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


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 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

Josh King

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Bio coming soon...

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