Author Archive: Amy Townley

Amy Townley is a color guard designer and instructor from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She currently teaches at Byron Center High School, and she is an adjudicator for Scholastic Marching Bands. She has taught for 13 years and continues to seek to be a better educator.

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Color Guard Storytime

| December 2, 2011 | 1 Comment
Color Guard Storytime

Remember in kindergarten everyone would gather around the teacher for story time? Everyone loves listening to stories, even high school kids!  In our guard, we have ‘story time’ and it is connected to the development of our team core values. One of our values is to ‘Be good people’ and treat each other with respect. […]

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Warm Fuzzies

| October 28, 2011 | 2 Comments

September is typically a tough month for kids since they have so many responsibilities, homework, the social scene of high school, and it can take some time to figure out the balance between life and marching band. It’s always the toughest time for my kids, even when they know the expectations of the guard. Once […]

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Creating Core Values with your Color Guard

| February 11, 2011 | 1 Comment

In 2005, I took a job as the color guard director at Byron Center High School.  As soon as I met the kids, I learned that the vets had no training in technique and execution. I overheard them talking about their experience in guard, and how “bad” they thought they were; they talked about placing […]

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