Author Archive: Catina Anderson

Catina Anderson is the founder/editor of the Colorguard Educators blog. Color guard has been part of her life for almost 25 years. She began coaching in 1994 and worked with the Broad Run High School color guard in Northern VA from 1998 until 2010. She has also written for Halftime Magazine and served on the Executive Board of the Atlantic Indoor Association. A former teacher, she enjoys sharing what she has learned and hopes to encourage others to share as well. Together we can create even more positive experiences for performers and help to collectively strengthen marching arts activities worldwide.

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Bus Pillows from Old Guard T-Shirts!

| November 28, 2012 | 3 Comments
Bus Pillows from Old Guard T-Shirts!

Last month I promised a guard-themed craft or crochet project per month.  I almost let November run away from me… but just under the wire I’m back with craft project #2! And this one I LOVE! Bus Pillows made from Upcycled Guard T-shirts with Crochet Edgings Before I start with the step-by-step let me just […]

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Keep the Fire Burning: Veteran Instructors share their secrets for longevity and long lasting success in pageantry – an interview with Jody Jones

| November 27, 2012 | 1 Comment

One of the most common challenges instructors face is how to keep the stress from taking over.  We throw our entire lives into our programs, our students, the activity, the show.  Soon we start to feel like we don’t have much of a life leftover and burnout sets in.  So we asked veteran instructors with […]

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Custom DIY necklace

| November 16, 2012 | 0 Comments
Custom DIY necklace

We haven’t had a “Fun for Friday!” post in, well… a REALLY LONG time! But it’s a feature that we love because it’s a way for coaches across the world to share fun ideas they have used with their teams.  Sometimes it’s gifts, parties, craft projects, team-building, inspirational… whatever! If it’s FUN it’s IN! When […]

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Crochet Flag Ornament or Stuffed Toy

| October 29, 2012 | 3 Comments
Crochet Flag Ornament or Stuffed Toy

When I was 7 years old my mom taught me to crochet.  Over the years I’ve made blankets and doll dresses and the like.  One year I even crocheted little spirit dresses for teddy bears for my entire color guard. I go in spurts with crochet.  Like any other hobby I get too busy and […]

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Halloween Surprises!

| October 24, 2012 | 2 Comments
Halloween Surprises!

Holidays are the perfect reminder to inject a little fun into your coaching routine. One of my favorite things to do as a coach was to create small surprises for my students that broke up routine a bit, added a little fun and sent a clear message that I thought about them – and not […]

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Keep the Fire Burning: Veteran Instructors Share their Secrets for Longevity and Long-lasting Success in Pageantry – An Interview with Peter Gomez

| October 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

One of the most common challenges instructors face is how to avoid letting the stress take over.  We throw our entire lives into our programs, our students, the activity, the show.  Soon we start to feel like we don’t have much of a life leftover and burnout sets in.  Still – there are veteran instructors out […]

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Special Edition of Halftime Magazine – Color Guard Sectionals

| May 15, 2012 | 1 Comment
Special Edition of Halftime Magazine – Color Guard Sectionals

If you’re a regular reader here at CGE then you probably know that we’re big fans here of Halftime Magazine.  For those who may not be familiar with Halftime it is a print magazine specifically for the marching arts community.  It was founded in 2007 by Editor/CEO Christine Ngeo Katzman and publishes 6 times a […]

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From the Archives: It’s all about Travel Safety

| March 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

This week we pulled two articles from the archives regarding hotel and travel safety.  This is it!  If you’re going on an overnight trip this is one of those important moments in your experience as a coach to teach your students something that could serve to keep them safe throughout their lives – well beyond […]

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From the Archives: Can it be TOO clean???

| March 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

This week’s articles from the archives: A Movement Moment #10: Too Clean? by Cheryl Myers (03/18/2010)  Our resident “Movement Chick” suggests that yes… it is, perhaps, possible to be too clean… check out the article to see what she means. The ‘Winterguard Wand’ and Championships by Chris Casteel (06/09/2008) A very important article by Chris […]

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From the Archives: Planning for Championships

| March 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Earlier this month we asked for your best advice for planning an overnight trip on the facebook page.  If you missed it make sure to look it up and check out the best advice from the community if you’re looking forward to your first overnight championships trip. This week we pulled 2 of our past […]

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