Tag: character education

ON THE WEB: Band Saves Lives and Fundraises at the Same Time

| December 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

We thought this was an interesting/unique approach to both service and fundraising – check out this New Jersey marching band that saves lives while also earning some money for their program.  Win/Win!

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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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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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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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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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Band Raises Funds to Help the Homeless

| October 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

We spend a lot of time looking for interesting stories about marching band and color guard on the internet.  Today one jumped out at us and we hope it will inspire you!  Longtime readers know that we believe in the value of community service.  We believe in teaching our students that they can use their […]

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HALFTIME ARTICLE: “Bands Give Back”

| December 3, 2009 | 0 Comments

Here at the holidays many of us take time to think of ways we can “give back.”  I know that in my house I’m working hard to teach my 5-year-old twin daughters that the holidays should be more about giving than getting!  Those of you who have been long-time readers probably know that I strongly […]

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Tip for Today: Drill Book Inspiration!

| August 16, 2008 | 0 Comments

"On each page of their drill books, besides all of the marching stuff, I have them each find a motivation quote or statement. When I first hand out their set books I usually have one quote ready. I have them put it on the first page. Then as a "homework" project, I have them look […]

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Tip for Today: Motivational Quotes

| August 9, 2008 | 0 Comments

“On each page of their drill books, besides all of the marching “stuff” I have them each find a motivation quote or statement. When I first hand out their set books I usually have one quote ready. I have them put it on the first page. Then as a “homework” project, I have them look […]

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“Conduct Becoming”

| November 9, 2007 | 0 Comments

Your conduct off the field/floor is as important, if not more important, than your performance.  As members of a competitive ensemble, you are ambassadors of your school and community.  Your individual performances, sportsmanship and conduct both on and off the field will shape the impression others have of your entire organization.  It is important to […]

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