Category: Music

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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Use Spotify to take the Stress out of the Song Selection Process

| October 27, 2011 | 2 Comments
Use Spotify to take the Stress out of the Song Selection Process

How much time and money have you wasted digging through piles of CDs, hunting down copyright-questionable tracks on the Internet or buying individual tracks only to have them end up in the discard pile? In fact, you’ve probably resigned yourself to this reality when hunting down the ideal soundtrack for your guards. Well, waste no […]

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The Sound of Music

| December 1, 2008 | 1 Comment

As I write this article it is mid November, and the Fall Field show season is quickly approaching its conclusion.  However, as with all things in the color guard world, this is no time for rest & reflection.   In actuality, this is the time when all instructors begin to frantically search for inspiration for their […]

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Choosing Music: Article on MJA Website

| October 12, 2007 | 0 Comments

The Massachusetts Judges Association has an article posted on their website discussing factors in choosing music for beginning color guard programs.  Check it out at the link below.    

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Music Copyright: Article on BOA Website

| October 12, 2007 | 0 Comments

There is a FANTASTIC article posted on the BOA website regarding copyright law and requirements as it relates to marching organizations.  While it is geared toward the fall season, the information is also directly applicable to winter guard units.  It goes into great detail including defining the different types of licenses and when they would […]

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Perfecting Your Soundtrack: A Comprehensive Look at Colorguard Audio

| June 9, 2007 | 1 Comment

Your soundtrack is a very important part of your total show package.  It is what your audience will hear when watching your visual performance.  This article will discuss ways to create the perfect soundtrack for your indoor show.  It will cover concepts including: why sound is important, tools for editing, audio concepts, starting with a […]

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Mapping Out Your Show

| January 20, 2007 | 5 Comments
Mapping Out Your Show

A Music Map is a tool to help you break down your music into logical and manageable chunks in order to be able to clearly see the overview of the show, determine equipment and drill transitions, plan effects, control pacing and evaluate musical ideas and structure.  If you are working with a staff of choreographers, […]

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