Category: drill

Teaching Drill Using the iPad: A Technology Quick-Tip

| August 1, 2012 | 2 Comments
Teaching Drill Using the iPad: A Technology Quick-Tip

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 […]

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EA Series: Transitions

| December 12, 2011 | 2 Comments

This will make your guard program better, I SWEAR! I had planned to cover this topic later in the series, but knowing that many guards are already starting their winter programs, I thought discussing it now might help prevent problems later on. One of the most common failures in all of color–guard–land is the dreaded […]

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Tight Transitions (from Halftime Magazine)

| January 2, 2008 | 1 Comment

Here is an article I wrote for Halftime Magazine on how performers can tighten up their transitions to add a look of professionalism to the show.  Check it out on Halftime’s website and check out their other great articles as well!  Help support this new magazine which celebrates our favorite activity!

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Tip for Today: Marking Time

| November 9, 2007 | 0 Comments

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

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Tip for Today: Fundamentals with Drill

| September 30, 2007 | 0 Comments

“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 […]

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Tip for Today: Highlight the Form

| August 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

“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 […]

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Tip for Today: Highlight the Hash Marks

| August 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

“Use a highlighter to mark the 50 yard line and hash marks across your drill charts.  You will be amazed at the time you save searching for these important reference points when setting forms!” – Catina Anderson, Broad Run High School Guards

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Tip for Today: Hairspray on your shoes

| August 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

If you performance shoes are too slippery, then just spray the bottoms with hair spray

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Equipment Transitions: Four Problems to Avoid

| February 5, 2007 | 2 Comments

Equipment Transitions can make or break a show.  They can be one of the most difficult aspects to design but also one of the most important.  A bad transition can stop the flow of your show in it’s tracks, or even distract the audience from very important sections of music or visual effect.  However, when […]

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