Author Archive: Lorraine Kohagen

Lorraine has been involved in the color guard activity since 1989, first as a performer, then as an instructor and adjudicator. She is currently instructing the color guards at Saugus and Valencia High Schools in Santa Clarita, California, as well as designing for other guards in California. Lorraine also has worked with programs in Utah, New York and Georgia. She was the Instructor/Designer at Littlerock High School from 1995 to 2008. LHS was a semi-finalist at WGI World Championships in 2004 and 2005 and the Fresno Regional Scholastic A Champion in 2005. She is an Adjudicator for SCSBOA, WGASC, and UWGA, and has also traveled to Oregon, Nevada, and Texas to judge marching band and winter guard contests.

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A Few Ideas for Guard Class…

| August 30, 2012 | 4 Comments

I am fortunate to have a Color Guard class period during the school day and have been coming up with ideas to keep the students engaged each day. Some kids think by joining the color guard class they automatically get an “A,” but my students are finding out that they actually have to work for […]

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Some Tips for Keeping the Youngun’s Engaged During Camp

| August 3, 2012 | 3 Comments
Some Tips for Keeping the Youngun’s Engaged During Camp

Our band camp is on a 9am – 9pm schedule with 3; 3-hour blocks during the day. During the first block, we are out on the field with the band learning drill, which as everyone knows, can be quite tedious and repetitive.  So we try to make sure to deliberately schedule in some fun!  Here […]

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Teaching Drill Using the iPad: A Technology Quick-Tip

| August 1, 2012 | 2 Comments
Teaching Drill Using the iPad: A Technology Quick-Tip

Isn’t Technology Great?!?                             This year, rather than having a binder with copies of the drill in it, our marching band staff decided to go high-tech.  All of the caption heads have iPads, so we bought the App called Good Reader($4.99) and […]

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Lose with grace and win with dignity…

| October 21, 2011 | 1 Comment
Lose with grace and win with dignity…

Warning —this may be more of a rant, but I feel it is necessary after experiencing two events in the last 2 weeks, one as an instructor of a competing unit and one as an adjudicator.First and foremost, we, as educators need to remember that this activity is about EDUCATING young adults.  A phrase that […]

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Transitions

| September 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

I. What makes a transition effective/ineffective? A.   Effective transitions 1. Make sense musically 2. Match the mood/dynamics 3. Leave an element of the guard to maintain emphasis 4. Maintain horizontal thought process (continuity) throughout program 5. Are planned to enhance the visual design of the entire ensemble B. Ineffective Transitions 1. Disrupt the horizontal thought […]

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Color Guard “Yearbooks”

| May 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

Today we have a fun tradition shared by our newest CGE team member.  We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Lorraine Kohagen who is joining our CGE team!  Some of you may have seen Lorraine featured in the WGASC instructional webinar series this past winter season.  She is currently instructing the colorguards at Saugus […]

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