Marching Percussion Playbook Vol 4: That's How We Roll

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Marching Percussion Playbook Vol 4: That's How We Roll

Huei-Yuan Pan
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The Double Stroke Open Roll: Percussive Arts Society (PAS) Rudiment #6 is an essential tool in every drummer’s tool box. Idiomatic to the traditions of rudimental drumming, it allows us to express "sustain" and create "texture" in a variety of musical contexts. It’s also the foundation of so many of the other PAS Standard 40 Rudiments.

Below is a collection of every roll exercise I use to teach my students how to play rolls. They're the ones that have helped me most over the years, as well as the ones I've created for specific students. These exercises and commentary will explain the technique, mechanics, motion, look, and feel of a Double Stroke Roll.


I can't imagine in high school having immediate access to a former Cavalier snare, Front Ensemble member, or a Phantom Regiment Snare Tech/Caption Head! The percussion community is extremely fortunate that he has begun to professionally deliver his curriculum and video lessons in a format accessible to the world. Huei has quickly risen to the top, and is setting the new standard for online percussion education.

  Bradley Lomax - Owner and Founder of Beetle Percussion

Huei has been able to touch thousands of lives through music in a positive way, via his extensive institutional, drum corps, winter guard, and social media presence. These content-rich handouts are an excellent way for drummers, beginner and advanced alike, to develop their fundamental skills, many of which are often neglected when practicing. Any drummer who wants to gain valuable insight into what makes the difference between the amateur and the professional musician needs to check out Huei's creation!

  Devon Koning - Glassmen, Phantom Regiment, Blue Coats, Rhythm X, MSU Spartan Drumline

As a relatively new percussion instructor I am looking for ways to optimize instructional time with my line. I've used, with great success, excerpts from the free Periscope lesson handouts, information contained in the actual broadcasts, and instructional progressions contained therein. My students have greatly improved their percussion vocabulary and confidence - in large part due to these resources. What better way to support such great resources and an amazing artist than with the Marching Percussion Playbook?!

  Matt Carity - Percussion Instructor, Columbus, OH

Huei is not just a great teacher; he's also a great story teller by giving compelling background and context to every lesson that highlights how a young beginning percussionist can become a Master. Huei is not just a great percussionist, he is also a mad scientist; using detailed notes and diagrams that were developed to help you (literally) see and understand the notes in a completely new and different way. With this product, you have tremendous tools at your disposal to reach your full potential as a percussionist.

  Karl Arrieta - a.k.a. @Karldrumtech

The structure and pacing of the book are very accessible for students and teachers alike, and Huei provides resources I wish I had back when I started learning rudimental percussion in high school. I will definitely be using this with my students and I look forward to whatever resources Huei puts out in the future!

  Sean Knuth - Tenor Tech, Pulse Percussion and Phantom Regiment

Whether you are learning online through his Periscope Lessons, reading his inspirational Blog Posts, or practicing through his Digital Downloads, Huei, and all of his educational content, is an essential part of the percussion community. With such an impressive background in percussion, it is no surprise he is one of my favorite educators. Follow this guy!

  Mark Perrett - The Grid Book Series, Co-Author


You want to learn how to play a drum roll

You want to develop quality, speed, and chops

You practice a lot, but you're not always sure what you should be practicing

You want to teach students how to develop and think about the most crucial fundamental concepts when it comes to rolling

You have a line of players from varying backgrounds, and need to get everyone up to speed to begin playing clean

You want to play at a world class level


Why do I need to work my drags and rolls?

  • Standard drum vocabulary that should be in every drummer's toolbox
  • Applies to all percussion instruments: marching percussion, drumset, keyboards, etc.
  • Builds foundation of major elements of music performance
  • ABSOLUTELY necessary to perform at world class level

This Is How We Roll will help you create:

  • Structured, systematic, organized practice
  • Corrections in deficiencies otherwise unnoticed
  • Strength and dexterity to play quality drags and rolls
  • Improve skills in reading, notation, and sight reading

What's inside the digital download?

Inside you will find:

  • In-depth text and explanation of high-level concepts
  • Musical examples of basic and advanced skill sets
  • Multiple pages of systematic duple and triple drag exercises
  • How to apply these concepts to a line teaching situation

Click through the images at the top to preview excerpts from inside the book. Book runs 39 pages total.

How do I use the text and exercises?

The supplemental text can be read in one sitting, or you can start with the sample exercises and reference back as needed. Just like the process itself, the way you use the handout can be customized to how you learn best.

For teachers who are non-percussionists and short on time, it's a great reference you can direct students to - literally just copy and paste this message:

Go here, download this, and learn it. You're welcome :) https://gum.co/mpproll

Can I get this information in a private lesson?

This is the exact information I share with my private lesson students, individuals who have gone on to make their high school & college drumlines, Top 12 drum corps and Top 12 indoor percussion groups.

I've also been able to condense multiple private lessons worth of information into a text and musical example format. For those really hungry to learn, the material is presented in a very clear, systematic, easy to follow sequence.

Considering how many private lessons it would take to relay this information, this is a tremendous investment in yourself as a student, parent, and teacher that you can always continue to refer back to after you've purchased the product. You can literally use this content forever!

What if I don't understand the content?

With every purchase, I am more than happy to help you figure out any problems you might encounter. You can send me your question on your favorite social media platform @hueiyuanpan.


Thanks for checking out the product! I really appreciate all the notes of encouragement and support. What I've completed is the distillation of not just hours and hours of me thinking, writing, and creating this product, but all the years I’ve spent playing, practicing, and teaching these concepts.

Note: While many have offered to pay more, my goal is to make this product accessible to a wide range of students and teachers. If you're interested in offering more for the value of the product, the + sign in the pricing section allows you to enter a higher amount.

If you enjoy the product, please let me know. I'd love to hear from you, and I read every single message I get.

Thanks again, and I look forward to connecting with you online!


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