Author Archive: Brenda Scarpati

Formerly with Hopewell High School in Charlotte, NC, Brenda Scarpati now coaches the multi-school ‘State of Illusion’ winter guard team in Bloomfield Hills, MI. In addition to coaching, Brenda enjoys crafts and sewing.

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It’s Zumba Time!

| November 6, 2012 | 1 Comment

It’s Zumba® Time! Our squad held a Zumba® fundraiser last summer.  It was a lot of fun and very successful so I thought I would share the idea here on CGE.  There was very little cost up front and it was easy to organize. Here are my quick tips! Find a Licensed Instructor: We lucked […]

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Candy Cane Flag

| December 16, 2011 | 0 Comments
Candy Cane Flag

This has got to be the simplest Fun Friday craft project yet!  It’ll only take you minutes (beyond gathering the supplies) but you’re sure to put smiles on the faces of your performers! ‘Flag’ Candy Canes Materials needed: Craft Felt Glue gun Sheet of paper Candy cane Instructions: Using the sheet of paper, cut a […]

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DIY: Drawstring Bags

| November 18, 2011 | 1 Comment
DIY: Drawstring Bags

Materials needed: 20” x 50” fabric 2 x 80” pieces of cording Puffy paints, buttons, ribbon, bows, etc for decorating Cut 20” x 50” piece of fabric (you can alter the size to meet your needs). Fold in ½, right sides together. From top edge, mark 2” down. (Fig. 1) Using ½” seams, sew below […]

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Spirit Bags!

| November 4, 2011 | 0 Comments
Spirit Bags!

This is a fun activity the entire band participates in!  During marching season students create spirit bags for their own sections, for every performance. Spirit bags contain a few treats and some fun baubles from the dollar store (a glow stick, mardi gras beads, lip gloss, etc).  Coaches and directors sometimes add a little note […]

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Guard and Percussion Stuffed Animals

| May 13, 2011 | 1 Comment
Guard and Percussion Stuffed Animals

This fun idea would be great as an end-of-season gift or planned into next season’s schedule as a gift from the staff or a fun team-building craft project! Special thanks to Brenda Scarpati for another great, fun-for-Friday, idea!

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Autograph Pillows

| March 30, 2011 | 0 Comments
Autograph Pillows

Check out this article submitted by the Director of the “State of Illusion” winterguard from Michigan.  She shares how-to instructions for adorable “autograph pillows” she makes as gifts for her performers.     At various times I’ve used this craft as both a team building activity early in the season and a year-end activity for […]

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FUN for FRIDAY! #7: “Guardie” Washer Necklaces!

| November 5, 2010 | 1 Comment
FUN for FRIDAY! #7: “Guardie” Washer Necklaces!

Here’s a fun craft that probably only a guardie will understand! We all know how valuable those metal washers are.  You know the ones we use to hold the bolts in the end of the flag pole when weighting our poles? Now you can turn them into a wonderful, wearable piece of art! MATERIALS: All […]

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FUN for FRIDAY! #5: Locker Magnets

| March 12, 2010 | 0 Comments
FUN for FRIDAY! #5: Locker Magnets

Hello all!  Well… it looks like we owe you a couple weeks of FUN here. It’s been a little break in our Fun for Friday action but we’re back.  This week’s idea was sent in, once again, by reader Brenda Scarpati of the State of Illusion Winter Guard from Bloomfield Hills, MI.  It’s a simple […]

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FUN for FRIDAY! #3: A Colorful Tradition

| February 12, 2010 | 0 Comments
FUN for FRIDAY! #3: A Colorful Tradition

It’s Fun for Friday again and this week’s fun idea was sent to us by Brenda Scarpati of the State of Illusion Winter Guard from Bloomfield Hills, MI.  (also on facebook ).  She gives her performers a strand of Mardi-gras style beads after each performance, tagged with the name and date of the competition.  She […]

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