Tag: equipment

To Sew or Not to Sew (Or- how in the heck do I apply all these sequins!)

| September 25, 2009 | 1 Comment
To Sew or Not to Sew (Or- how in the heck do I apply all these sequins!)

We’ve all seen beautiful flags, glistening in the contest afternoon sunshine, alive and vibrant with carefully applied sequins.  Gorgeous, fabulous, and let’s face it one more thing we can apply sparkle to in the fall, these flags can enhance the design aspect of any show.  So, you jump onto the sequin band wagon, but then […]

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Silk Painting Tutorial: Fading Flag

| April 13, 2009 | 3 Comments
Silk Painting Tutorial: Fading Flag

Designer Angela Khebou, StellaUSA.net , has written a wonderful step-by-step how-to on painting a faded colorguard flag.  It’s a great first project if you’ve ever wanted to give painting flags a try!

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For Better or Worse… Muscle Memory

| January 19, 2009 | 1 Comment

“It’s all about training your kids properly, giving them the tools necessary to do all the wonderful things designers dream up, and it’s TRAINING that will elevate your program from a mere collection of counts, into a wonderful effective masterpiece.”   - Richard Kramer, WGASC V.P. of Adjudication I must start off by stating that Richard […]

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The Air Blade in Winter Guard: Avoid a Timing Penalty!

| December 23, 2008 | 1 Comment

Chances are if you’ve attended more than one marching band show this fall you’ve seen the new Air Blade in action.  In its first year, this alternative choice of weapon has been adopted by drum corps and marching bands across the United States. Now it’s time to design winter shows.  If you’re thinking about using […]

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Embracing the Air Blade

| October 3, 2008 | 3 Comments
Embracing the Air Blade

One veteran instructor’s personal journey towards acceptance (and her tips for instruction!)

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Tip for Today: PVC for Swing Poles

| August 21, 2008 | 0 Comments

1/4″ PVC available from your local hardware store works great for inexpensive swing flag poles you can cut to any custom size!

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Tip for Today: Avoid PVC for Standard Poles

| August 20, 2008 | 0 Comments

Don’t Use PVC for your standard size flag pole.  The inherent flexibility creates unnecessary strain on the wrist which could lead to injury.

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Tip for Today: Borrowed Flags

| August 19, 2008 | 0 Comments

No budget for new flags?  Try reaching out to other local coaches.  Many have closets full of unused flags they’d be happy to loan or sell and you’ll start to build a great local network at the same time!

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Tip for Today: Tape Poles Lengthwise

| August 17, 2008 | 0 Comments

Taping a pole for effect?  Save tape and create a smoother surface by taping the pole in long strips lengthwise rather than taping spirally around the pole.

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Tip for Today: Tape Your Strap Screws!

| August 17, 2008 | 0 Comments

When rifle strap screws work their way loose they can fly out in the grass and be impossible to find.  Avoid the hassle by taping over screws with a strip of electrical tape in a color that matches the strap.

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