Category: Equipment, Floors & Props

Silk Painting Tutorial: Fading Flag

| April 13, 2009 | 3 Comments
Silk Painting Tutorial: Fading Flag

Designer Angela Khebou, StellaUSA.net , has written a wonderful step-by-step how-to on painting a faded colorguard flag.  It’s a great first project if you’ve ever wanted to give painting flags a try!

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Between the Door and the Music

| March 5, 2009 | 2 Comments

Do you rehearse the process of what occurs once your guard steps through the doorway of a gymnasium and into the competitive arena?  I’m talking about getting everything through the door and setting it. Sometimes it appears that we spend hours upon hours rehearsing what happens once the music starts, but pay little attention to […]

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The Air Blade in Winter Guard: Avoid a Timing Penalty!

| December 23, 2008 | 3 Comments

Chances are if you’ve attended more than one marching band show this fall you’ve seen the new Air Blade in action.  In its first year, this alternative choice of weapon has been adopted by drum corps and marching bands across the United States. Now it’s time to design winter shows.  If you’re thinking about using […]

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Embracing the Air Blade

| October 3, 2008 | 3 Comments
Embracing the Air Blade

One veteran instructor’s personal journey towards acceptance (and her tips for instruction!)

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The McCormick’s Designer Color Kit: A Reader Review

| August 31, 2008 | 1 Comment
The McCormick’s Designer Color Kit: A Reader Review

Reader Rosemarie Heite Molinary shares her appreciation of the new Designer’s Color Kit from McCormicks and explains how this new tool helped her involve her students in the design process.

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Tip for Today: Fray Check

| August 6, 2008 | 0 Comments

“When making flags, I occasionally use “Fray Check” on the edges to avoid sewing those hems. You can find the product at most fabric stores and sometimes at Michaels or A.C. Moore. We tend to use poly china silk for the flags that we Fray Check but you can always test a corner of scrap […]

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Tip for Today: Used billboards as floor covers.

| June 22, 2008 | 0 Comments

Can’t afford a winter floor cover?  Try contacting a local billboard company to ask for used billboards.  A little duct tape and some paint – and you’ll have an inexpensive solution to your challenge!

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AirBlade Ensemble video

| May 29, 2008 | 0 Comments

We updated our Air Blade article when we came across a nifty new video on You Tube showing the Air Blade spun by an ensemble of high school performers.  It's a great resource when trying to decide if this new piece of equipment will work for your music this fall or next winter!  Check it […]

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The Air Blade by Band Shoppe!

| May 14, 2008 | 1 Comment
The Air Blade by Band Shoppe!

A new equipment option for your weapons book!     This month, Band Shoppe released the exciting new “Air Blade.”  The Air Blade is an alternative equipment choice for your weapons book.  It functions and feels similar to a rifle when spinning but certainly has a much less traditional “look.”  Here is a quick review […]

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“Props to You” Article from Halftime Magazine

| February 3, 2008 | 0 Comments

This excellent article from Halftime Magazine written by David G. Hill explores the use of props in both indoor and outdoor performance!  Don't miss this one!  "Props to You "  

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