Groove Day 2024

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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!

Email with any questions.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD your GrooveDay Contest materials…

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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Commercial Music Advisory Board

Here’s a list of recent and current advisory board members who help us stay up-to-date on the music industry.

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We’re proud to work with Dave Stroud of VocalizeU. Dave Stroud has successfully applied the technical, artistic, scientific, and developmental aspects of the voice to thousands of voices all over the world. Through his scientific approach blended with his focus on artistry, Dave has been named one of the world’s leading vocal coaches, working with artists such as One Direction, Justin Bieber, Natasha Bedingfield, Kelly Clarkson, and even Michael Jackson.

Read more about Dave HERE…

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Jason Wyatt has been a dynamo of productivity in the Nashville music scene since he arrived in 2008. Originally from Washington State and arriving by way of West Texas, he immediately networked with local singers, songwriters and producers alike and began lending his buttery-smooth vocals to backing-tracks, CD cuts and song demos across town. This work eventually lead him to the role of lead vocalist for country duo, The Lost Trailers. In his first year with the band, two of their songs climbed into the top-40 as they toured extensively across North America.

Read more about Jason HERE…

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Read more about Heath HERE…

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RADER, as he’s known in the business has been the Central & Southwest US territorial agent @ William Morris Endeavor for 26+ years. Here he is with Peter Frampton.

Read more about Mark HERE…

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Country singer and songwriter Jerrod Niemann has penned songs for Garth Brooks, Neal McCoy, Jamey Johnson, and Zona Jones, among others, and has built a strong fan base as a performer of his own material as well.

Read more about Jerrod HERE…