Tag: competitions

EA Series: Blending Form and Function

| February 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

BLENDING FORM AND FUNCTION . . . is the primary role of every designer. Have you ever heard the term “seamless” design on an EA tape and wondered what they meant? I’ll tell you. It means that there is a constant flow of events that lead from one to the next without any awkward breaks […]

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“What the Heck is Ensemble Analysis Anyway?”

| November 14, 2011 | 6 Comments

“What the heck is Ensemble Analysis anyway?” Many people (Guard Instructors) ask me this question and it baffles me. It seems so obvious to me. How can people not get it? Apparently, I’m in the minority here. So, I’m going to try to explain it over the next several months along with thoughts about how […]

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Starting off the Competition Season with CGE

| January 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

Each year, whether novice instructor or experienced, the start of the competition season can be overwhelming.  It seems things just pile up as you try to squeeze in one last 16 count phrase, explain the competition day process to new performers and train a parent volunteer support crew. It’s easy for something to get overlooked. […]

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USSBA to Start Indoor Competition Circuit

| January 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

The US Scholastic Band Association (USSBA) is embarking on a new chapter in their organizational history.  This winter, 2010, they will begin offering Winter Guard & Percussion competition. The USSBA is a branch of the non-profit organization Youth Education in the Arts better known as YEA! and the home base to the nine-time DCI world […]

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Competitions are Coming!

| January 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

Winter competitions are just days or weeks away depending on where you are in the country and how you’ve arranged your winterguard schedule.  There are a multitude of preparations that go into being ready to walk into the gym on that first competition day beyond getting some choreography on the floor.  So we went through […]

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MOVEMENT MONDAY #4: First Show Tips

| January 4, 2010 | 2 Comments

Aaaaaah!  It’s first show week, it’s first show week, it’s first show week!!!  Gah!  Where is my tape recorder? Where is my manual? Where is my judge’s bag?  Oh… hey, wait a minute.  This is the MOVEMENT column… hold on, let me take of my judge hat and find my Movement Chick legwarmers.  Phew, that’s […]

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Pushing Through the Performance Plateau

| April 2, 2009 | 0 Comments

First, let’s take a look back in time….. At the beginning of our season instructors and performers alike are passionate about the concepts that they are working toward.  The music is new, the colors and equipment are new, sometimes the costumes are new as well, and we are engaged and excited by all of these […]

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Between the Door and the Music

| March 5, 2009 | 2 Comments

Do you rehearse the process of what occurs once your guard steps through the doorway of a gymnasium and into the competitive arena?  I’m talking about getting everything through the door and setting it. Sometimes it appears that we spend hours upon hours rehearsing what happens once the music starts, but pay little attention to […]

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It’s Show Time!

| February 12, 2009 | 1 Comment

For many performers the hardest part of the performance is controlling the nerves you feel prior to and during the performance.  Here are ten tricks of the trade for preparing yourself for the best possible performance and keeping your nerves “in check”.   10.  Do your homework… for color guard that is. You know best […]

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Just Breathe

| January 27, 2009 | 1 Comment

Imagine your performers in this situation… They step onto the gym floor amidst a flurry of pre show excitement, expectations of their team mates and instructors, and last minute show changes.  In the audience are friends, family, instructors, competitors and judges.  They can hear the blood pumping in their ears, hearts are racing, and their […]

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