Tag: drill

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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Teaching Drill Using the iPad: A Technology Quick-Tip

| August 1, 2012 | 2 Comments
Teaching Drill Using the iPad: A Technology Quick-Tip

Isn’t Technology Great?!?                             This year, rather than having a binder with copies of the drill in it, our marching band staff decided to go high-tech.  All of the caption heads have iPads, so we bought the App called Good Reader($4.99) and […]

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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: 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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“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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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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Reflections on a Webinar: Transitions vs. Moments of Development

| January 19, 2010 | 1 Comment

In early December, I had the privilege of interviewing Karl Lowe for the WGASC education webinar series.  While there were certainly many nuggets of color guard gold that came from him during that interview, there is one in particular that I found to be especially compelling for this time of the year.  I really appreciated […]

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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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Tight Transitions (from Halftime Magazine)

| January 2, 2008 | 1 Comment

Here is an article I wrote for Halftime Magazine on how performers can tighten up their transitions to add a look of professionalism to the show.  Check it out on Halftime’s website and check out their other great articles as well!  Help support this new magazine which celebrates our favorite activity!

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