Category: General

Who Are You Writing For?

| March 11, 2013 | 3 Comments

We’re now in the middle of the winter guard season and the competitive heat is on. Many instructors struggle with what to do with judge’s comments. You’ve probably been told that something in your show that you thought was great isn’t so great. Now you have to decide what to do. We who judge like […]

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Mrs. T’s Tips for Color Guard Make-Up & Hair: Episode 2 – “Purple Cat Eyes”

| November 20, 2012 | 0 Comments
Mrs. T’s Tips for Color Guard Make-Up & Hair: Episode 2 – “Purple Cat Eyes”

Today we’re happy to present the 2nd in our new series on Color Guard Hair and Make-Up techniques by “Mrs. T!” For those that may have missed last month’s installment called “I’m Getting Sunburned” Mrs. T is a performer with the Govenaires Drum and Bugle Corps (DCA) from St. Peter, MN.  She also writes her own […]

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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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Mrs. T’s Tips for Color Guard Make-Up & Hair: Episode 1 “I’m Getting Sunburned”

| October 12, 2012 | 2 Comments

Today we’re thrilled to welcome a new monthly contributor to the CGE blog! We truly do have the best community in the world.  Coaches and performers who are willing to take time from their busy schedules to share their experiences and knowledge with one another. A community that seeks to support. We are truly grateful. […]

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Taking the Next Step: Adding Lower Body Mid-Season

So, because I need to get a life have an odd fascination with pageantry activities, a few weeks back when I had a Saturday without a show on my calendar, I decided to tag along with a dear friend and watch that evening’s event.  {Yes, I judge for 9 weekends in the fall.  In a […]

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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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EA Series: Blending Form and Function

| February 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

BLENDING FORM AND FUNCTION . . . is the primary role of every designer. Have you ever heard the term “seamless” design on an EA tape and wondered what they meant? I’ll tell you. It means that there is a constant flow of events that lead from one to the next without any awkward breaks […]

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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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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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