Category: Recruitment/Auditions

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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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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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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Team Recruitment and the “F.M.B.”

| May 9, 2008 | 0 Comments

I know, I know…most of us are still lingering in the afterglow of Championships.  We can, even now, hear the distant sounds of applause; the popping of the kettle corn; the slick gym floor beneath our feet; and the aroma of hairspray oddly mixed with sweat.  Good times!  Why can’t we just hang onto these […]

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Halftime Article: Growing the Guard

| September 30, 2007 | 0 Comments

This is a fantastic article featured in the "On Guard" section of Halftime Magazine's website called "Growing the Guard ."  Written by Chris Previc, it showcases one PA guard's very successful solution to their recruitment problem!  They started a middle school feeder guard!  Check out this article and the rest of Halftime's excellent website.  Please […]

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An Invitation to Audition

| April 17, 2007 | 6 Comments
An Invitation to Audition

One of the biggest challenges of team recruitment lies in getting the word out.  I can’t express how many times I have heard from 9th graders, over the past 15 years, “I never saw any posters or heard any announcements!”  I asked my 9th graders this year how they heard and they all confirmed that, […]

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Interviewing Potential Student Leaders

| February 5, 2007 | 0 Comments

If your student leader selection process involves an audition, an interview can be a great way to get valuable insight into your captain candidates, how they would handle potential situations, their maturity and their thoughts on leadership. It is also a way to give high school students experience with the interview process, a valuable skill […]

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10 Ideas for Recruitment: Scholastic Color Guards

| January 30, 2007 | 0 Comments
10 Ideas for Recruitment: Scholastic Color Guards

Recruiting new performers can be one of the toughest challenges facing a color guard program.  Whether the program is well-established or brand new, instructors and student leaders must find ways to get the word out about auditions, educate prospective performers about the activity and build a strong foundation of members.  While some programs are lucky […]

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