Author Archive: Chris Casteel

Chris Casteel is an adjudicator with the Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC). She was an instructor in the activity for approximately 20 years before moving into adjudication. She teaches Language Arts and Writing at a middle school in San Marcos, CA and is also a mentor teacher for the school. She holds a BA degree in Education, a California Teaching Credential and a Masters degree in education. Thanks to Chris Casteel for sharing her ideas and for WGASC for allowing the republication of her articles on this website for instructors outside of the WGASC circuit.

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A Peek at Pacing

| March 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

So what’s all this talk about pacing?  At this point in the season, you may have heard the term ‘pacing’ as part of your General Effect feedback.  It truly is an important benchmark in the General Effect criteria given that it is listed second in the Repertoire section on the WGI sheets. But before I […]

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General Effect Series #2: Production Value

| February 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

Production Value is a term that instructors will often hear from GE judges.  It is the aggregate value of music/sound, floor/set design, costumes, color and props all working together to create an overall production value in a show.  The key to production value is to marry all of the above elements together in a way […]

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General Effect Series #1: Overview of GE

| January 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

As a General Effect judge, I am of the opinion that GE is the best caption on a panel, but I guess every judge feels that way about the caption they specialize in.  What makes the GE caption so awesome is that the criterion assesses the overall program.  It is the only caption that takes […]

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A Word to the Wise…

| September 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
A Word to the Wise…

  Now more than ever, an instructor’s words, actions, and reactions are constantly being evaluated – not only during rehearsal, but also in cyberspace.   As role models and educators, color guard instructors walk a unique tight rope;  we work in the professional realm of education (which has clear standards of teacher/instructor conduct), yet the extracurricular […]

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The People of… WGASC: Jim Goodrich

| March 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

[Intro by Catina Anderson] CGE readers may remember that we’ve done a small series of question and answer style articles featuring color guard educators in the past.  If you check out these articles, they are rich with inside information, insight and tips.  But they were also REALLY long!  Realizing that most of us don’t have […]

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Let’s Face It…

| February 16, 2010 | 4 Comments

“The Face is the Window of the Soul…” I don’t know who originally said this, and try as I might, I can’t seem to find a name to match to the quote. But I do know one thing; when I look at this small segment of the Mona Lisa’s face, I can’t help but be […]

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Reflections on a Webinar: Transitions vs. Moments of Development

| January 19, 2010 | 1 Comment

In early December, I had the privilege of interviewing Karl Lowe for the WGASC education webinar series.  While there were certainly many nuggets of color guard gold that came from him during that interview, there is one in particular that I found to be especially compelling for this time of the year.  I really appreciated […]

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When You Hit the Proverbial Block….

| September 25, 2009 | 1 Comment

It’s a bit ironic that the topic of the article is about hitting a block in choreography, because I have definitely hit a bit of a writing block as of late.  So, hopefully this article will inspire instructors as well as this author. First things first…realize that blocks are inevitable, and you are going to […]

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How to Build the Ultimate Color Guard – Part 2

| August 3, 2009 | 0 Comments

Happy July!  Ah yes, the wonderful month of July!  Even though we are months away from competitive season, you should be beginning to see glimpses of the ‘guard to be’ in your summer rehearsals. Those sparks of performance as the new team finds its way toward identity and distinction. How exciting! Last month I wrote […]

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How to Build the Ultimate Color Guard – Part 1

| June 5, 2009 | 1 Comment

Here we stand at the dawning of a new team.  Auditions are over, the team has been selected.   If you think about it, you have a clean slate in front of you!  How exciting!  Now is the perfect time to make decisions about the best way to build your team for the coming year.  Considering […]

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