Tag: management

When your band director says the “B” word… Budget

| November 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

Few other words evoke such a visceral reaction. Sweaty palms, increased heart-rate, feelings of entrapment, loss of control, arguments with family members or partners into the wee-hours of the morning… and now your band director? Seriously!  You were hired to put on an epic production of guardliness not crunch numbers. Isn’t that what the sallow-skinned […]

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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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Creating a Season Handbook

| October 27, 2010 | 3 Comments

Each year I provide my students and parents with a team handbook that is an all-in-one, everything-you’d-ever-want-to-know resource for our team.  I thought it might be helpful to share what I include in my team handbook for those who are putting together their first handbooks this season, or for those looking to revamp an outdated […]

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The Pre-Season Winter Guard Parent/Student Interest Meeting

| October 20, 2010 | 1 Comment

We see questions on the forum every year from instructors who are holding their first winter guard interest meeting.  So, I thought I would share my experience.  Like all things guard, different things work for different people, but here’s what worked for me. I set the meeting for one week prior to winter auditions and […]

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Breakfast of Champions

| March 24, 2010 | 1 Comment

Just a quick idea for today for all those heading to a hotel for competition, especially if you’re managing your first overnight trip.  And it is… Don’t forget to plan for breakfast! Many hotels include a continental breakfast in their room price.  Make sure to ask if breakfast is included or available and ask what […]

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FUN for FRIDAY! #2: Parents-Only Dinner!

| February 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

This week’s fun idea was sent to us by reader Heidi Zarder, coach of the Hamilton High School Synergy Color Guard from Sussex, Wisconsin!  Thank you Heidi for taking the time to share your fun idea with the CGE Community! Heidi plans a night of fun JUST for the guard parents!  I think this is […]

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Cell Phone Saavy: Preparing Your Communication Hub for Competition Day

| January 22, 2010 | 1 Comment

I have a confession to make… Up until I got my iphone I owned a cell phone, but I never used it. I didn’t know how to program things in.  I missed every call.  I was the one saying, “yeah… that’s my number but call me at home because I never hear it and I […]

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Teaching Younger Guards

| November 10, 2009 | 2 Comments

CGE Welcomes our newest regular contributor, Chelley Thelen.  In her first article, Chelley shares her experience working with younger (elementary and middle school) students. One of the best things you can do for your high school guard program is to start training your members at a young age.  Successful football teams, for instance, often have […]

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When Teaching Guard Gets Hard

| November 3, 2009 | 5 Comments
When Teaching Guard Gets Hard

The first article from our newest regular contributor Darcie Gudger.  Darcie gives tips for how to maintain professionalism through some of the toughest challenges coaches can face – unhappy students!  No need to lose your cool – read more for tips on handling these challenges with grace!   They wait along the sideline, hands shoved […]

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How to Build the Ultimate Color Guard – Part 2

| August 3, 2009 | 0 Comments

Happy July!  Ah yes, the wonderful month of July!  Even though we are months away from competitive season, you should be beginning to see glimpses of the ‘guard to be’ in your summer rehearsals. Those sparks of performance as the new team finds its way toward identity and distinction. How exciting! Last month I wrote […]

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