Regiment / Winter Drumline

Westlake High School Marching Band


Directed by Mr. Karlin and Mr. Ray

Regiment is enjoyed by students due to the community effect of building a beautiful show in a large group, and the hard work of marching while playing pays off. Instructors have experience marching and teaching in DCI(Drum Corps International), including from the Blue Devils 2017 Victory Show. 

Members can join the Pit (front ensemble), Drum line, Horn Section, or Color Guard. Marching Band also counts as a source of PE Credit for 1 Semester, so marching all four years fills the PE Requirement. Marching band depends on parent volunteering, so visit the volunteering page for more info.

Why Regiment?

Regiment is the BEST social conduit for incoming students to WHS. Marching band will allow freshmen to:

  • Know the campus well
  • Have friends in every class on the first day of school
  • Have friends in EVERY grade, including upper classmen
  • Have academic mentors who can help with homework.
  • Have section leaders who are great role models for character and professionalism.
  • Be part of the LARGEST and most visible spirit organization on campus.
  • Do things they never thought they could.
  • Performing in front of thousands!
  • Work hard AND have FUN!!!


Directed by Logan Gammill

The Winter Drumline is a competitive percussion ensemble comprised of instruments traditionally used during Marching Band seasons. This is NOT an extension of the Marching Band, and is a separate ensemble for the Spring. The group is open to all students with basic musical ability to advanced percussion skills.

Instrumentation The Winter Drumline includes marching snares, tenors, basses, and cymbals, marimbas, vibes, xylo, piano (synths), electric guitar, electric bass, all auxiliary percussion, latin percussion, drum set, samplers, and electric triggers.

Auditions & Rehearsals This ensemble holds auditions in early December, and begins rehearsals shortly after. Rehearsals are held after school, three days a week, and taught by the Winter Drumline coaching staff. Students can Register for 8th period Winter Marching Band and receive PE credit for this ensemble.

Competitions: The group attends five (5) comps, plus Championships, on Saturdays starting in mid-February and ending in early April. Comps are held in high school gyms across Southern California. Each show lasts from 4-6 minutes in length. Drumline shows are custom designed by the WDL staff. Design elements include; custom thematic costumes, custom painted floor, backdrops, original/arranged music, backdrops, show specific “samples” and drill (formations.)

Uniforms Each WDL member will be measured and fitted with a custom uniform in early January. These uniforms are show specific and are designed with color, materials, texture and visual structure to go with and enhance the show theme. Watch the 2016 Winter Drumline Show!

The regiment performs at a game.

Regiment General Info

Required: members must enroll in a concert ensemble, in addition to the 8th period Regiment Marching Band Class.

  • The Westlake Regiment Marching Band is open to anyone who wishes to participate.
  • Regiment membership is NOT a requirement to participate in the Westlake High School Instrumental Music Department.
  • Students are required to attend Band Camp
  • All Regiment members earn PE Credit. Four years of Regiment membership fulfill the WHS PE requirements.
  • The competitive Regiment season concludes before Thanksgiving every year.
  • The Regiment has a design and instructional staff of over 10 highly experienced staff members.
  • Regiment equipment, uniforms and props are transported in the WHS Band 18-wheel, 53′, half-drop semi truck. (truck dads are welcome to join)

Sample Regiment Weekly Schedule (check the Calendar for changes!)

  • Monday 5:00 to 8:30 (Color Guard ONLY, stadium)
  • Monday 6:00 to 8:45 (Pit/Drumline ONLY, stadium)
  • Tuesday 3:15 to 6:00 (Brass/Woodwinds ONLY, baseball field)
  • Wednesday 5:30 to 8:45 (Full Ensemble, stadium)
  • Thursday 3:15 to 6:00 (Full Ensemble, baseball field)
  • Football games: Friday 5:15 to around 9:15 (Full Ensemble, stadium)
  • Not Every Week: Saturday 9:00 to 5:00 (Full Ensemble, football field)
  • Traveling Competitions: Saturday around 8:00AM to around 11:00PM (Full Ensemble, football field)

RSL(Regiment Student Leadership)

Each section of the band has a Section Leader (student leader), which are members of the RSL. If students have questions regarding music, marching, competitions, school, itineraries, etc., they should check with their section leaders first. Sections Leaders are there to help their sections.