Groove Day 2024

Last year's highlights w/ Sonny Emory...

GrooveDay Schedule

  • 10AMFree Masterclass by SPC Commercial Music Director of Percussion Phillip Smith

  • 11AMFree Masterclass by feature artist John JR Robinson

  • 1:30PM – GROOVE CONTEST w/ PRIZES! – come cheer on your favorite contestant!!!!

  • 3PM – Q&A with John JR Robinson


    ($50-students, $100-non-students)

    For all ages and experience levels, but participation is limited, so sign up below!

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Groove Day Registration

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South Plains College GrooveDay Contest Instructions

Each contestant must play the five compulsory grooves using the exact tempos. After completing the five compulsory grooves, each contestant will play one groove of their choice in any style or tempo.

Gear provided

(The set cannot be changed aside from minor height or distance adjustments.)

  • 5-piece drum set
  • 2 crash cymbals
  • 1 ride cymbal
  • 1 set of hi-hats
  • Single bass drum pedal
  • Isolation headphones for click track
  • Sticks – You may use your sticks. You cannot use any personal drums, hardware, or sound reinforcement.

Performance instructions

  1. When a contestant is called, they will have 30 seconds to make minor adjustments to the drums.
  2. The contestant will then get 15 seconds to adjust the click volume in their headphones.
  3. The first groove will be counted, and the contestant will play it with a click track for approximately 15 seconds.
  4. After the first groove ends, there will be 8 seconds of silence before the second groove is counted in, which the contestant will play with a click track for approximately 15 seconds.
  5. The same procedure will continue until all five compulsory grooves are completed.
  6. The contestant will then have 15 seconds to play their groove of choice before exiting the stage for the next contestant.

Judging Criteria

  1. Ability to play the notated groove correctly.
  2. Ability to lock into the groove instantly.
  3. Ability to play consistent time with the click and maintain a great feel.
  4. Ability to play the grooves with stylistic authenticity.
  5. Backbeat volume, placement, and sound consistency.
  6. Tempo, feel, and creativity of the personally chosen groove.
  7. Ability to adapt quickly to a backline-provided drum set and monitor system.

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Audition Ensembles


During the first week of class, students audition for positions in several of our top- level bands that will perform shows throughout the semester. These audition bands will be learning music more quickly and performing them more often than non- audition bands.



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Rock ensemble that covers bands in the mainstream, metal, alternative and modern rock world. (ex. Tool, Paramore, Soundgarden, GreenDay, Icon for Hire, Breaking Benjamin, Kill Switch, Metallica and more)

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Covers Today’s Top 40 hits while traveling to local area high school’s to promote the SPC CA program. (ex. Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5 and Imagine Dragons)

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Thursday Nite Live

Thursday Nite Live is a variety show style ensemble that covers songs of all genres from past and present. (ex. The Eagles, ZZ  Top, Miranda Lambert, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Christina Aguilera, The Beatles, Micheal Jackson, Tom Petty, U2, The Beach Boys).

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