Category: Rehearsal Planning & Management

Who Are You Writing For?

| March 11, 2013 | 3 Comments

We’re now in the middle of the winter guard season and the competitive heat is on. Many instructors struggle with what to do with judge’s comments. You’ve probably been told that something in your show that you thought was great isn’t so great. Now you have to decide what to do. We who judge like […]

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A Few Ideas for Guard Class…

| August 30, 2012 | 4 Comments

I am fortunate to have a Color Guard class period during the school day and have been coming up with ideas to keep the students engaged each day. Some kids think by joining the color guard class they automatically get an “A,” but my students are finding out that they actually have to work for […]

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Teaching Drill Using the iPad: A Technology Quick-Tip

| August 1, 2012 | 2 Comments
Teaching Drill Using the iPad: A Technology Quick-Tip

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 […]

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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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Movement Training Series #2: Crunches

| November 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hello Darlings!  I am back! I have returned to the glorious pages screen that is color guard educators. Of COURSE I missed you! Yup, here I am.  My marching band season has drawn to a close, and as always, I am loving what some of our performers are putting out there… [Err, yes, I may […]

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Teaching Younger Guards

| November 10, 2009 | 1 Comment

CGE Welcomes our newest regular contributor, Chelley Thelen.  In her first article, Chelley shares her experience working with younger (elementary and middle school) students. One of the best things you can do for your high school guard program is to start training your members at a young age.  Successful football teams, for instance, often have […]

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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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Tip for Today: Why Be Negative?

| September 29, 2009 | 0 Comments

Why be negative with your students? They already get that in everyday life. Be the reason they come to rehearsals! Food for Thought… -Peter Gomez, Chino HS World

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Pushing Through the Performance Plateau

| April 2, 2009 | 0 Comments

First, let’s take a look back in time….. At the beginning of our season instructors and performers alike are passionate about the concepts that they are working toward.  The music is new, the colors and equipment are new, sometimes the costumes are new as well, and we are engaged and excited by all of these […]

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READY, FIRE, AIM (Re-evaluation and Goal Setting Mid-Season)

| March 16, 2009 | 1 Comment

I realize the actual phrase is ‘ready, aim, fire’, but for the purpose of this article I’ve chosen to manipulate it just a little bit to illustrate a point.  You see, ready, aim, fire suggests that as an instructor you first plan your rehearsal; second, set goals for the rehearsal, and finally decide how you […]

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