Waldorf to launch drum line

2011-08-06T12:07:00Z Waldorf to launch drum line Mason City Globe Gazette
August 06, 2011 12:07 pm

FOREST CITY - Waldorf College is getting ready for its first-ever percussion ensemble: the Warrior Line drum line, which will start this fall.

Chris Ward, director of the ensemble, joined the college this summer as its music office/percussion coordinator.

Ward's initial plan is to start small and establish a strong foundation for the ensemble, with the goal of growing bigger every semester.

"That's where my passion lies," said Ward. "We are going to start with a drum line this fall and then a marching band."

A lot of members don't have a percussion background, "so this fall we are going to learn how to play drums and hold the sticks," Ward said.

Ward is writing a show that will be similar to the Winter Guard International Indoor Drumline that will culminate with a concert at the end of the semester.

Born and raised in Decorah, Ward earned his master's degree in percussion performance, music history and audio engineering from Western Michigan University and a bachelor's degree in music from University of Northern Iowa. After graduating from Western Michigan, he worked as the interim director of bands and directed a 300-member marching band at the university for a year.

He then moved to La Crosse, Wis., and joined the Blue Stars Drums and Bugle Corps, where he led the band to a variety of tours across the country. As the traveling got heavy for his family, he switched to working as a salesperson at a music store and taught percussion and drum lines at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.

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