Category: Professional Development

Lose with grace and win with dignity…

| October 21, 2011 | 1 Comment
Lose with grace and win with dignity…

Warning —this may be more of a rant, but I feel it is necessary after experiencing two events in the last 2 weeks, one as an instructor of a competing unit and one as an adjudicator.First and foremost, we, as educators need to remember that this activity is about EDUCATING young adults.  A phrase that […]

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Building a College Winterguard

| October 13, 2011 | 2 Comments
Building a College Winterguard

Many colleges are developing winterguard programs based out of the university.  If your college doesn’t currently have one, you might be just the person to make that happen.  It takes hard work, creative use of resources, and the desire to continue what you love.  Based on our experience building a competitive winterguard at James Madison […]

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Collaboration

| October 12, 2011 | 4 Comments

I have always been a huge believer in collaboration.  As a young instructor and designer I was very lucky that in my first few years I met someone who took an interest in helping me learn about the winter guard activity. He arranged for other, more experienced individuals, to work with me and my group […]

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A Word to the Wise…

| September 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
A Word to the Wise…

  Now more than ever, an instructor’s words, actions, and reactions are constantly being evaluated – not only during rehearsal, but also in cyberspace.   As role models and educators, color guard instructors walk a unique tight rope;  we work in the professional realm of education (which has clear standards of teacher/instructor conduct), yet the extracurricular […]

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Just what I needed to hear…

| January 12, 2010 | 0 Comments
Just what I needed to hear…

      I believe that sometimes we are provided with clarity, with hope, with lessons, amidst the fabric of our daily lives – just exactly when we need them most.  Sometimes these messages present themselves in a subtle way… perhaps an instinct, a nagging feeling, a conversation overheard, a new acquaintance. And other times […]

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When Teaching Guard Gets Hard

| November 3, 2009 | 5 Comments
When Teaching Guard Gets Hard

The first article from our newest regular contributor Darcie Gudger.  Darcie gives tips for how to maintain professionalism through some of the toughest challenges coaches can face – unhappy students!  No need to lose your cool – read more for tips on handling these challenges with grace!   They wait along the sideline, hands shoved […]

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Holiday Reflections

| December 23, 2008 | 1 Comment

Happy Holidays to All!!  As I write this, I am in the midst of Holiday frenzy. Yes, it is getting harder and harder to find a parking spot in front of Target; family traditions are numerous; the last of the Christmas cards have been sent; and suddenly I crave sugary cookies decorated with a man […]

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The Marching Band Employment Exchange

| July 2, 2008 | 0 Comments

Check out this new web service – the Marching Band Employment Exchange at  http://bandjobs.org/ It’s a free service provided by the U.S. Scholastic Band Association (USSBA). You can register as an employer and post openings in your staff or register as a job-seeker and post your resume for band directors and color guard instructors to […]

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Dance Spirit Magazine – Check out this great resource

| April 3, 2008 | 0 Comments

Years ago I subscribed to Dance Spirit Magazine but let my subscription lapse for some reason, though I can’t remember why.  Just this week I posted a question on the Color Guard Planet message boards about finding information for a reader on the physical demands of colorguard compared to that of athletics.  One message board […]

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Getting Started with Winter Guard

| November 1, 2007 | 1 Comment

Is this your first year directing a winter guard?  Congratulations on taking this step with your program! Here are links to articles, resources and websites that may help you get started.  Then check back here monthly for new articles and ideas! Adding a winter guard to your scholastic color guard program can do wonders for […]

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