Category: Equipment Technique

“Sail Away!”

| May 29, 2008 | 0 Comments

Here’s a short article I wrote in Halftime Magazine’s May/June 2008 issue with tips for avoiding and dealing with fabric sails when spinning flag.  Check it out on their website!  Sail Away .

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Featuring Fundamentals: FINDING THE TIME!

| January 17, 2008 | 4 Comments

Have difficulty finding time to maintain your rehearsal of fundamentals throughout the season?  This article has ideas for how to fit in critical rehearsal of fundamental skills at every rehearsal throughout the entire season even as focus shifts towards design and choreography. Coaches and Adjudicators agree a strong training program with a solid foundation in […]

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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: Teaching New Choreography

| November 4, 2007 | 0 Comments

Providing clear counts for choreography is important.  When first learning work, teach the motion that you wish to occur without structure.  This helps to get the movement “into the muscles”.   Next, define each count of music.  This helps to clarify pathways, momentum, and timing.  Finally, teaching the use of subdivision (1 & 2 & 3…) […]

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Flag Technique Video

| November 3, 2007 | 0 Comments

Banddirector.com features a series of instructional videos.  One is a basic flag video featuring Ronnie Bynum of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps .  Click here to link to their website and the video !   [updated Oct 2011 – videos are still there but we can’t find the direct link – go to this […]

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Rifle Technique Video

| November 3, 2007 | 0 Comments

We found a video by the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps featuring Andrew Acheson on Band Director.com .  This is a video on rifle technique that you can view online – it covers parts of the rifle, basic spins, and other beginner technique! Click Here for the Video!  

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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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Mastering Memorization

| September 30, 2007 | 0 Comments

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!

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Recovering from Drops

| September 30, 2007 | 0 Comments

Here is a sectionals article I wrote for Halftime Magazine on Recovering from Drops .  Please visit their website and support this exciting new publication that showcases our very favorite activities!    

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Cheater Tapes for Flags

| September 27, 2007 | 3 Comments
Cheater Tapes for Flags

Many groups add tape markings to their flag poles to assist with uniform hand placement throughout the ensemble.  These tapes are so helpful in cleaning up routines that those new to the idea might exclaim in disbelief, “Hey! That must be cheating!”  Not to worry! “Cheater tapes” are perfectly legal and just may be the […]

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