Category: Professional Development

Our Non-Competitive Winter Guard – Another Alternative

| November 29, 2012 | 6 Comments

With the strained economy, many schools, families, and yes, band programs, are tightening budgets.  Winter Guard is a popular activity in the larger schools in Ohio. However, the program I took over 6 years ago is part of a smaller school with a smaller budget and winter guard is an activity that is largely unknown […]

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Keep the Fire Burning: Veteran Instructors share their secrets for longevity and long lasting success in pageantry – an interview with Jody Jones

| November 27, 2012 | 1 Comment

One of the most common challenges instructors face is how to keep the stress from taking over.  We throw our entire lives into our programs, our students, the activity, the show.  Soon we start to feel like we don’t have much of a life leftover and burnout sets in.  So we asked veteran instructors with […]

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Keep the Fire Burning: Veteran Instructors Share their Secrets for Longevity and Long-lasting Success in Pageantry – An Interview with Peter Gomez

| October 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

One of the most common challenges instructors face is how to avoid letting the stress take over.  We throw our entire lives into our programs, our students, the activity, the show.  Soon we start to feel like we don’t have much of a life leftover and burnout sets in.  Still – there are veteran instructors out […]

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Taking the Next Step: Adding Lower Body Mid-Season

So, because I need to get a life have an odd fascination with pageantry activities, a few weeks back when I had a Saturday without a show on my calendar, I decided to tag along with a dear friend and watch that evening’s event.  {Yes, I judge for 9 weekends in the fall.  In a […]

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Movement Training Series #4: Travel

| February 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

Darlings!!! Yes, it is I.  A day late and a dollar short, as ever.  Le Sigh.  [Okay, fine. Three weeks late.]  Thank the good Lord that the other columnists here at the venerable CGE are so prepared!  Whew. Anyway.  Here we are in the throes of the 2012 season, spinning out little hearts out, yes? […]

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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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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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When your band director says the “B” word… Budget

| November 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

Few other words evoke such a visceral reaction. Sweaty palms, increased heart-rate, feelings of entrapment, loss of control, arguments with family members or partners into the wee-hours of the morning… and now your band director? Seriously!  You were hired to put on an epic production of guardliness not crunch numbers. Isn’t that what the sallow-skinned […]

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Use Spotify to take the Stress out of the Song Selection Process

| October 27, 2011 | 2 Comments
Use Spotify to take the Stress out of the Song Selection Process

How much time and money have you wasted digging through piles of CDs, hunting down copyright-questionable tracks on the Internet or buying individual tracks only to have them end up in the discard pile? In fact, you’ve probably resigned yourself to this reality when hunting down the ideal soundtrack for your guards. Well, waste no […]

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Money Saving Tips??

| October 24, 2011 | 8 Comments

Today will be a quick post (well… none of my posts end up quick… I think I’m incapable of “short and concise…) and a link to an interesting discussion. First, if you haven’t discovered the new “Marching Roundtable” podcast take a minute a click on over there … well… first finish reading this post and then […]

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