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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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!
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
“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 [...]
“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 [...]
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 [...]