The Glassmen returned to their hometown of Toledo, Ohio last weekend to not only host their second show, the "Summer Showcase," but also to give back to the community by presenting a free clinic prior to the evening competition. This was the first in a series of "EntertRainment" clinics established by the corps this season."The definition of 'EntertRainment' comes from the various responsibilities of the drum corps activity - entertainment as well as education," explains Beth Schindel, Director of Marketing and Promotions for the Glassmen. "We are in the business of performing, and constantly walk the line between entertaining the fans and educating the members. The Glassmen balance the two by providing 'EntertRainment' - by 'training the leaders of tomorrow with the music of today.'"Attendees participated on the field with the corps in sectional rehearsals. Students with the battery percussion were even given the opportunity to "tech" each section of the drum line, and offer opinions and suggestions about what they saw and heard.When the time came for the full ensemble rehearsal, the corps took the field at the Glass Bowl Stadium, while clinic attendees moved up in the stands for an in-depth discussion with Chris Allen, co-caption head for the Glassmen brass line. As the rehearsal continued, Allen explained the process by which the show was conceived, designed, and instructed - as well as defining how the Glassmen move through a rehearsal, and allow the show to develop as the season progresses.The clinic wrapped up with a full run-through of the Glassmen's 2002 program, "Odyssey," and finished with a rousing ovation from the crowd in the stadium.The corps will present three more "EntertRainment" clinics this summer in Pascagoula, Miss. (July 23), Centerville, Ohio (July 28) and Rome, N.Y. (July 31). For more information on the clinics, please contact each show directly, or visit the Glassmen Web site at www.glassmen.org.
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