Rim Clicks refers to the act and sound of a drummer striking his instrument on the rim (or anywhere other than the actual face of the drum) which thus results in a distinct clicking noise. This is not to be confused with a rim shot which is a more accentuated and deliberate form of playing not often used in marching bands and never used by the Paoli 1 Drum and Bugle Corps.
Paoli 1 drummers play rim clicks on several occasions:
Memorial Day/Regular Marching - Typically only played on the march to the St. David's Cemetery, the Troop has a uniform and simple rim click cadence played to accompany the base drum's standard beat. It is played at the whim of the snare drummers (or the Drum and Bugle Corps Leader)rather being set off by the bass drum and entered into by the entire Corps. It is alternatively referenced to as "clicks".
The Birthday Change of Command Ceremony - A lone drummer will play rim clicks as the four members of the ceremony process onto and then off of the field. The actual beat played is the same as that done at Horseshoe during Retreat when the Program Director marches down to the field. This same beat it sometimes played by the Corps unofficially at other times.
During Horseshoe - During the second drum portion of the song (the third section overall), snare drums may play the tom part as rim clicks either as a form of accompaniment or to even fill in for a missing tom player.
Improvised Beats - If the Corps is working on any new song they might use rim clicks. In more modern pieces, the rim click is often used to simulate the sound of the hi-hat of a rock band.