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Making Cartoon Flags from those “Free” Practice Flags

Making Cartoon Flags from those “Free” Practice Flags

| November 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

[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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Custom DIY necklace

Custom DIY necklace

| November 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

We haven’t had a “Fun for Friday!” post in, well… a REALLY LONG time! But it’s a feature that we love because it’s a way for coaches across the world to share fun ideas they have used with their teams.  Sometimes it’s gifts, parties, craft projects, team-building, inspirational… whatever! If it’s FUN it’s IN! When […]

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It’s Zumba Time!

| November 6, 2012 | 1 Comment

It’s Zumba® Time! Our squad held a Zumba® fundraiser last summer.  It was a lot of fun and very successful so I thought I would share the idea here on CGE.  There was very little cost up front and it was easy to organize. Here are my quick tips! Find a Licensed Instructor: We lucked […]

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Crochet Flag Ornament or Stuffed Toy

Crochet Flag Ornament or Stuffed Toy

| October 29, 2012 | 3 Comments

When I was 7 years old my mom taught me to crochet.  Over the years I’ve made blankets and doll dresses and the like.  One year I even crocheted little spirit dresses for teddy bears for my entire color guard. I go in spurts with crochet.  Like any other hobby I get too busy and […]

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Halloween Surprises!

Halloween Surprises!

| October 24, 2012 | 2 Comments

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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Keep the Fire Burning: Veteran Instructors Share their Secrets for Longevity and Long-lasting Success in Pageantry – An Interview with Peter Gomez

| October 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

One of the most common challenges instructors face is how to avoid letting the stress take over.  We throw our entire lives into our programs, our students, the activity, the show.  Soon we start to feel like we don’t have much of a life leftover and burnout sets in.  Still – there are veteran instructors out […]

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Mrs. T’s Tips for Color Guard Make-Up & Hair: Episode 1 “I’m Getting Sunburned”

| October 12, 2012 | 2 Comments

Today we’re thrilled to welcome a new monthly contributor to the CGE blog! We truly do have the best community in the world.  Coaches and performers who are willing to take time from their busy schedules to share their experiences and knowledge with one another. A community that seeks to support. We are truly grateful. […]

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Taking the Next Step: Adding Lower Body Mid-Season

So, because I need to get a life have an odd fascination with pageantry activities, a few weeks back when I had a Saturday without a show on my calendar, I decided to tag along with a dear friend and watch that evening’s event.  {Yes, I judge for 9 weekends in the fall.  In a […]

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Put Your Shirts to Work!

Put Your Shirts to Work!

| October 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

Does your guard get cute, new spirit shirts each season? Why not put the empty space on the back of the shirt to work for your program?   Several years ago, we began selling ad space on the back of our winter guard shirts.   Five years and over $15,000 raised later, it’s become the staple […]

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Fundraising: Rotating Change Jar

Fundraising: Rotating Change Jar

| September 25, 2012 | 1 Comment

I have made it a personal mission to never do a car wash to make money for my program. I have nothing against the idea of a car wash, and I know many groups that have successfully raised a lot of money from this type of fundraiser, but for me there are too many factors […]

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