Category: Equipment Technique

The “Coach’s Eye” App. – A User Review

| March 1, 2012 | 5 Comments

“Coach’s Eye” is a video app by Tech Smith for iPhones and iPads (sorry, Android friends). Techsmith, the app developer, touts it as “the ultimate video analysis app you can take anywhere”…and I must say, for me this app has lived up to the hype!  I downloaded the app after reading about it in WGI Focus, […]

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What Does That Mean? Understanding Terminology from an Equipment Judge’s Dialog

| February 13, 2012 | 2 Comments

During Field Season, the Auxiliary judge looks at everything that goes into your show, namely vocabulary (both body and equipment), costumes, equipment, props, staging of performers, color choices, etc..  If it is on the field and not playing an instrument, the Auxiliary judge will most likely talk about it. When we move into Winter Guard, […]

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What An Equipment Judge Is Looking For In Your Show……

| January 23, 2012 | 2 Comments

Often times, as I am sitting in the stands during a break in a contest, I get many questions from the spectators seated around me.  They vary from “what are you doing?” and “how do you sit that long?” to “do you really have to talk through the entire performance?”   Undoubtedly, at some point in […]

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“In the Toaster”

| January 26, 2011 | 1 Comment

If you’re teaching a Regional A or Novice program there are many important details that compete for your attention.  But as I watched the Novice class perform at a local competition last spring, one technical issue jumped out at me over and over: many of the students were not staying “in the toaster” with their […]

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Tip for Today: The “10 Game”

| January 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

“I have been teaching/teching/instructing my current guard for the past 2 marching band seasons and they are about to start their 2nd winter guard season. After we have totally cleaned a section or phrase and everyone is correct with body, hand placement and equipment, we play the “10 Game”. During this game, the guard does […]

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Embracing the Air Blade

| October 3, 2008 | 3 Comments
Embracing the Air Blade

One veteran instructor’s personal journey towards acceptance (and her tips for instruction!)

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Tip for Today: Teaching tough choreography to Beginners

| August 17, 2008 | 0 Comments

Have a difficult section of choreography to teach and a lot of beginner performers?  Teach 8-counts at a time to the entire group, making sure your veterans understand.  Thend divide the group into squads and allow the veterans to work in small groups with the rookies.  Monitor progress and move on when they’re ready, 8-counts […]

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Tip for Today: Tossing Tips

| June 22, 2008 | 0 Comments

Safety First!  When teaching beginners to toss, minimize the variables.  Find a rehearsal space that’s not too windy or sunny to start off.  Wait until they are solid with technique before asking them to toss in wind or blinding sunlight.  Once they understand how the equipment handles then start adding variables one at a time.

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AirBlade Ensemble video

| May 29, 2008 | 0 Comments

We updated our Air Blade article when we came across a nifty new video on You Tube showing the Air Blade spun by an ensemble of high school performers.  It's a great resource when trying to decide if this new piece of equipment will work for your music this fall or next winter!  Check it […]

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Daily Training for Color Guard

| May 29, 2008 | 1 Comment

Here is a quick sectionals article I wrote for Halftime Magazine with tips for “fitting in your fundamentals” throughout the season, even when the focus starts to shift towards cleaning the show.  Check out “Daily Training for Color Guard” on their website!

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