Last month I promised a guard-themed craft or crochet project per month. I almost let November run away from me… but just under the wire I’m back with craft project #2! And this one I LOVE! Bus Pillows made from Upcycled Guard T-shirts with Crochet Edgings Before I start with the step-by-step let me just [...]
Category: band 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 [...]
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 [...]
"On each page of their drill books, besides all of the marching stuff, I have them each find a motivation quote or statement. When I first hand out their set books I usually have one quote ready. I have them put it on the first page. Then as a "homework" project, I have them look [...]
“On each page of their drill books, besides all of the marching “stuff” I have them each find a motivation quote or statement. When I first hand out their set books I usually have one quote ready. I have them put it on the first page. Then as a “homework” project, I have them look [...]
For a “cool” treat at band camp, look for inexpensive personal fans as a surprise gift for your performers. Most discount stores sell them for less than $3.00 each and many have a string so they can carry them during drill rehearsals. Your performers will love you for it!
Have your students mark time while you are practicing off the marching field. This will help them get used to moving their hands and feet together and correctly so that when they get on the field, it won’t be as much as a challenge! -Danielle E. Paul, Color Guard Instructor, Monticello High School
To aid our girls in getting the drill/routine down I video the instructor doing the routine and upload it onto my computer. I then burn copies of the drills for each girl so when they are practicing at home if they get dazed and confused they can pop the disk in their pc and see [...]
“For any sections of the show that do not yet have routine, have the students spin a fundamentals exercise over it. You might consider having them spin for one set and then stop spinning for the next, then resume spinning on the third, etc. This helps them to learn how to spin and move through [...]
Here is an article I co-wrote for Halftime Magazine on Mastering Memorization . It has tips for performers on ways to make memorizing routines easier! The article is applicable to both guard and instrumentalists! Please visit their website and support this exciting new publication that features our favorite activities!
“Are your new girls having trouble seeing the complete guard form amongst all the other positions on their drill chart? Advise them to mark the guard’s form with one color highlighter and their own position in another color. It may take more time, but in the end they will be able to see the complete [...]