Category: Administrative

10 Steps to Color Guard Success

| January 31, 2013 | 2 Comments

This list is a reference I am using this year with my performers.  It is a contract signed by parents and students at a parent meeting shortly after the team is selected.  As we get to times in the season where the high of the beginning of the season runs low we can regroup by […]

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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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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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Creating Core Values with your Color Guard

| February 11, 2011 | 1 Comment

In 2005, I took a job as the color guard director at Byron Center High School.  As soon as I met the kids, I learned that the vets had no training in technique and execution. I overheard them talking about their experience in guard, and how “bad” they thought they were; they talked about placing […]

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Creating a Season Handbook

| October 27, 2010 | 3 Comments

Each year I provide my students and parents with a team handbook that is an all-in-one, everything-you’d-ever-want-to-know resource for our team.  I thought it might be helpful to share what I include in my team handbook for those who are putting together their first handbooks this season, or for those looking to revamp an outdated […]

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The Pre-Season Winter Guard Parent/Student Interest Meeting

| October 20, 2010 | 1 Comment

We see questions on the forum every year from instructors who are holding their first winter guard interest meeting.  So, I thought I would share my experience.  Like all things guard, different things work for different people, but here’s what worked for me. I set the meeting for one week prior to winter auditions and […]

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How to Build the Ultimate Color Guard – Part 1

| June 5, 2009 | 1 Comment

Here we stand at the dawning of a new team.  Auditions are over, the team has been selected.   If you think about it, you have a clean slate in front of you!  How exciting!  Now is the perfect time to make decisions about the best way to build your team for the coming year.  Considering […]

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Got Goals?

| February 17, 2009 | 0 Comments

“The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.”   Denis Waitley I stumbled over this […]

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Tip for Today: Register for FOCUS

| June 29, 2008 | 0 Comments

Register online for WGI’s free FOCUS publication to receive 3 issues a year with information articles about WGI and their participants!  www.wgi.org

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Tip for Today: Labelmakers!

| June 29, 2008 | 0 Comments

Invest in a handheld labelmaker!  They’re great for labeling equipment with student names.  You can even label with the field coordinates where equipment is set at the start of the show to calm early-season nerves and avoid misplaced flags!

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