Tag: design

Who Are You Writing For?

| March 11, 2013 | 3 Comments

We’re now in the middle of the winter guard season and the competitive heat is on. Many instructors struggle with what to do with judge’s comments. You’ve probably been told that something in your show that you thought was great isn’t so great. Now you have to decide what to do. We who judge like […]

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Making Cartoon Flags from those “Free” Practice Flags

| November 19, 2012 | 0 Comments
Making Cartoon Flags from those “Free” Practice Flags

[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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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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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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EA Series: “Outside In”

| January 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

You may remember from my first article that I talked about relationships between the elements of a design. The buzz word for that concept is UNITY, and it’s an important one. In order for a design to be considered successful, all the parts need to come together in such a way that it works as […]

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EA Series: Transitions

| December 12, 2011 | 2 Comments

This will make your guard program better, I SWEAR! I had planned to cover this topic later in the series, but knowing that many guards are already starting their winter programs, I thought discussing it now might help prevent problems later on. One of the most common failures in all of color–guard–land is the dreaded […]

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Budget-Conscious Costume Transformation

| November 30, 2011 | 6 Comments
Budget-Conscious Costume Transformation

Being involved in the color guard world, we all know what it is like to be on a budget. Some of you are probably thinking, “What budget? I wish I had money to budget!” This year I needed to allocate more money for flag fabric since we purchased 2 shaded-silk swing flags for each member […]

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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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Collaboration

| October 12, 2011 | 4 Comments

I have always been a huge believer in collaboration.  As a young instructor and designer I was very lucky that in my first few years I met someone who took an interest in helping me learn about the winter guard activity. He arranged for other, more experienced individuals, to work with me and my group […]

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Transitions

| September 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

I. What makes a transition effective/ineffective? A.   Effective transitions 1. Make sense musically 2. Match the mood/dynamics 3. Leave an element of the guard to maintain emphasis 4. Maintain horizontal thought process (continuity) throughout program 5. Are planned to enhance the visual design of the entire ensemble B. Ineffective Transitions 1. Disrupt the horizontal thought […]

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