Category: Preparation & Travel

Spirit Bags!

| November 4, 2011 | 0 Comments
Spirit Bags!

This is a fun activity the entire band participates in!  During marching season students create spirit bags for their own sections, for every performance. Spirit bags contain a few treats and some fun baubles from the dollar store (a glow stick, mardi gras beads, lip gloss, etc).  Coaches and directors sometimes add a little note […]

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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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Breakfast of Champions

| March 24, 2010 | 1 Comment

Just a quick idea for today for all those heading to a hotel for competition, especially if you’re managing your first overnight trip.  And it is… Don’t forget to plan for breakfast! Many hotels include a continental breakfast in their room price.  Make sure to ask if breakfast is included or available and ask what […]

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Cell Phone Saavy: Preparing Your Communication Hub for Competition Day

| January 22, 2010 | 1 Comment

I have a confession to make… Up until I got my iphone I owned a cell phone, but I never used it. I didn’t know how to program things in.  I missed every call.  I was the one saying, “yeah… that’s my number but call me at home because I never hear it and I […]

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MOVEMENT MONDAY #4: First Show Tips

| January 4, 2010 | 2 Comments

Aaaaaah!  It’s first show week, it’s first show week, it’s first show week!!!  Gah!  Where is my tape recorder? Where is my manual? Where is my judge’s bag?  Oh… hey, wait a minute.  This is the MOVEMENT column… hold on, let me take of my judge hat and find my Movement Chick legwarmers.  Phew, that’s […]

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Uniformed Run-Thru

| June 11, 2009 | 0 Comments

Before your big debut, take some time to practice in uniform. Sometimes, the students are not used to a skirt or performing in a one sleeved uniform. The students can see what undergarments they will personally need and you, as an instructor, can see what the uniforms will look like on the field or floor. […]

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A Teachable Moment: Travel Safety

| March 16, 2009 | 1 Comment

As teams throughout the country look forward to winter guard championships competitions, spring trips, even the WGI World Championships event, directors are faced with a great responsibility – that of overnight supervision of teenagers. As educators, we are often presented with opportunities to teach our performers skills that will extend beyond our activity and make […]

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Between the Door and the Music

| March 5, 2009 | 2 Comments

Do you rehearse the process of what occurs once your guard steps through the doorway of a gymnasium and into the competitive arena?  I’m talking about getting everything through the door and setting it. Sometimes it appears that we spend hours upon hours rehearsing what happens once the music starts, but pay little attention to […]

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It’s Show Time!

| February 12, 2009 | 1 Comment

For many performers the hardest part of the performance is controlling the nerves you feel prior to and during the performance.  Here are ten tricks of the trade for preparing yourself for the best possible performance and keeping your nerves “in check”.   10.  Do your homework… for color guard that is. You know best […]

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The Air Blade in Winter Guard: Avoid a Timing Penalty!

| December 23, 2008 | 3 Comments

Chances are if you’ve attended more than one marching band show this fall you’ve seen the new Air Blade in action.  In its first year, this alternative choice of weapon has been adopted by drum corps and marching bands across the United States. Now it’s time to design winter shows.  If you’re thinking about using […]

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