Category: Non-Competitive Performances

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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Making Cartoon Flags from those “Free” Practice Flags

| November 19, 2012 | 0 Comments
Making Cartoon Flags from those “Free” Practice Flags

[We used these flags with the parade tune: “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” Adams (published by Alfred http://www.alfred-music.com/player/MusicforMarchingBand2001/mbm01033/player.html)] Materials Solid Color Flags in the Color of the Character My Grinch was on green.  I have done patterns for Mario on flesh (tan) with a blue hat and black mustache, Rudolph on light brown with […]

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Band Raises Funds to Help the Homeless

| October 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

We spend a lot of time looking for interesting stories about marching band and color guard on the internet.  Today one jumped out at us and we hope it will inspire you!  Longtime readers know that we believe in the value of community service.  We believe in teaching our students that they can use their […]

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HALFTIME ARTICLE: “Bands Give Back”

| December 3, 2009 | 0 Comments

Here at the holidays many of us take time to think of ways we can “give back.”  I know that in my house I’m working hard to teach my 5-year-old twin daughters that the holidays should be more about giving than getting!  Those of you who have been long-time readers probably know that I strongly […]

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Olympic Dreams – New Halftime Articles

| October 3, 2008 | 0 Comments

Many Winter Guard fans were disappointed to miss the beloved James Logan High School Winter Guard at WGI World Championships last year.  But James Logan guard members, along with hundreds of other marchers from the West Coast were saving up to experience their own Olympic Dreams in Beijing where the colorguard was choreographed by their […]

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Tip for Today: Santa Hats

| May 1, 2008 | 0 Comments

One thing we always do for our Christmas Parade, is we go to the Dollar Store and get everyone and Santa Hat and paint each guard member's name on their hat. We do this regardless of what uniform we wear for the parade. The girls always look forward to this and they get to take […]

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Marching Bands on MTV?

| March 27, 2008 | 0 Comments

Check out this story from the USSBA website !  Apparently MTV is looking for a marching band to chronicle for a new show.  Could it be yours?

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Northern VA Schools Raise Money for Local Food Bank

| May 7, 2007 | 0 Comments

Three schools in Loudoun County, Virginia (Broad Run High School, Loudoun County High School and Potomac Falls High School) came together April 12, 2007 for the 2nd Annual ENCORE Showcase of Loudoun County Winter Guards.  The showcase is a way for groups to have a chance to perform one last time for a home audience and […]

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ENCORE! Celebrating Success AND Making a Difference

| January 12, 2007 | 0 Comments
ENCORE! Celebrating Success AND Making a Difference

  In the spring of 2006, four color guard programs in Loudoun County, Virginia joined together to promote their activity, celebrate successful seasons AND make a difference in the world.  The Broad Run/Heritage Winter Guard hosted the first annual ENCORE showcase of Loudoun County Winter Guards and Percussion Ensembles, April 6th, 2006 in Ashburn, Virginia.  […]

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