Category: Equipment, Floors & Props

Making Cartoon Flags from those “Free” Practice Flags

| November 19, 2012 | 0 Comments
Making Cartoon Flags from those “Free” Practice Flags

[We used these flags with the parade tune: “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” Adams (published by Alfred http://www.alfred-music.com/player/MusicforMarchingBand2001/mbm01033/player.html)] Materials Solid Color Flags in the Color of the Character My Grinch was on green.  I have done patterns for Mario on flesh (tan) with a blue hat and black mustache, Rudolph on light brown with […]

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What Does That Mean? Understanding Terminology from an Equipment Judge’s Dialog

| February 13, 2012 | 2 Comments

During Field Season, the Auxiliary judge looks at everything that goes into your show, namely vocabulary (both body and equipment), costumes, equipment, props, staging of performers, color choices, etc..  If it is on the field and not playing an instrument, the Auxiliary judge will most likely talk about it. When we move into Winter Guard, […]

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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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What An Equipment Judge Is Looking For In Your Show……

| January 23, 2012 | 2 Comments

Often times, as I am sitting in the stands during a break in a contest, I get many questions from the spectators seated around me.  They vary from “what are you doing?” and “how do you sit that long?” to “do you really have to talk through the entire performance?”   Undoubtedly, at some point in […]

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EA Series: “Outside In”

| January 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

You may remember from my first article that I talked about relationships between the elements of a design. The buzz word for that concept is UNITY, and it’s an important one. In order for a design to be considered successful, all the parts need to come together in such a way that it works as […]

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Collaboration

| October 12, 2011 | 4 Comments

I have always been a huge believer in collaboration.  As a young instructor and designer I was very lucky that in my first few years I met someone who took an interest in helping me learn about the winter guard activity. He arranged for other, more experienced individuals, to work with me and my group […]

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How Big Should My Flag Silks Be?

| October 6, 2011 | 2 Comments
How Big Should My Flag Silks Be?

One question that comes up almost immediately in the flag design process is determining how big the silk should be, and therefore how much fabric you need for each flag.  This is especially a concern for non-traditional sized poles, or if there are very large variances in the size of the members, to the point […]

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Semi-DIY Numbered Flags

| October 19, 2010 | 0 Comments
Semi-DIY Numbered Flags

reposted on CGE with permission of the author, originally posted September 28, 2010 on her blog, “One More Time, I Promise! … Now, Do it Again.” A few weeks ago I brought you pocket watch props.  This week I present customized flags. As I previously stated, our theme this year is “It’s About Time”. We […]

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DIY Pocketwatch Props

| October 18, 2010 | 1 Comment
DIY Pocketwatch Props

(reposted on CGE with permission of the author, originally posted September 21, 2010 on her blog, “One More Time, I Promise! … Now, Do it Again .”) Well, we spent Labor Day making the pocket watches for our fall show, titled “I’m Late.” Here’s how you can do it… in 25-ish steps.

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To Sew or Not to Sew (Or- how in the heck do I apply all these sequins!)

| September 25, 2009 | 1 Comment
To Sew or Not to Sew (Or- how in the heck do I apply all these sequins!)

We’ve all seen beautiful flags, glistening in the contest afternoon sunshine, alive and vibrant with carefully applied sequins.  Gorgeous, fabulous, and let’s face it one more thing we can apply sparkle to in the fall, these flags can enhance the design aspect of any show.  So, you jump onto the sequin band wagon, but then […]

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