Category: Teambuilding

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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Halloween Surprises!

| October 24, 2012 | 2 Comments
Halloween Surprises!

Holidays are the perfect reminder to inject a little fun into your coaching routine. One of my favorite things to do as a coach was to create small surprises for my students that broke up routine a bit, added a little fun and sent a clear message that I thought about them – and not […]

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Color Guard Storytime

| December 2, 2011 | 1 Comment
Color Guard Storytime

Remember in kindergarten everyone would gather around the teacher for story time? Everyone loves listening to stories, even high school kids!  In our guard, we have ‘story time’ and it is connected to the development of our team core values. One of our values is to ‘Be good people’ and treat each other with respect. […]

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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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Warm Fuzzies

| October 28, 2011 | 2 Comments

September is typically a tough month for kids since they have so many responsibilities, homework, the social scene of high school, and it can take some time to figure out the balance between life and marching band. It’s always the toughest time for my kids, even when they know the expectations of the guard. Once […]

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October 5th: Do Something Nice Day

| October 5, 2011 | 0 Comments
October 5th: Do Something Nice Day

This morning I opened up my facebook browser to see that my favorite restaurant – The Melting Pot – was proclaiming that today, October 5th, is “Do Something Nice Day.“ Always a fan of any excuse to “spread the love” I made a quick trip to google to find out more. I found several holiday […]

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Guard and Percussion Stuffed Animals

| May 13, 2011 | 1 Comment
Guard and Percussion Stuffed Animals

This fun idea would be great as an end-of-season gift or planned into next season’s schedule as a gift from the staff or a fun team-building craft project! Special thanks to Brenda Scarpati for another great, fun-for-Friday, idea!

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Color Guard “Yearbooks”

| May 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

Today we have a fun tradition shared by our newest CGE team member.  We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Lorraine Kohagen who is joining our CGE team!  Some of you may have seen Lorraine featured in the WGASC instructional webinar series this past winter season.  She is currently instructing the colorguards at Saugus […]

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Autograph Pillows

| March 30, 2011 | 0 Comments
Autograph Pillows

Check out this article submitted by the Director of the “State of Illusion” winterguard from Michigan.  She shares how-to instructions for adorable “autograph pillows” she makes as gifts for her performers.     At various times I’ve used this craft as both a team building activity early in the season and a year-end activity for […]

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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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