Tag: organization

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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Guard Room Organization and Inventory

| November 2, 2011 | 9 Comments
Guard Room Organization and Inventory

When my husband was hired as head band director of a school in Tennessee, I was so excited for him, but even more excited to start working with his colorguard. I came in to meet the girls and learned that their program had been struggling in recent years with no consistent director or guard instructor. […]

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Building a College Winterguard

| October 13, 2011 | 2 Comments
Building a College Winterguard

Many colleges are developing winterguard programs based out of the university.  If your college doesn’t currently have one, you might be just the person to make that happen.  It takes hard work, creative use of resources, and the desire to continue what you love.  Based on our experience building a competitive winterguard at James Madison […]

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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team handbook for those who are putting together their first handbooks this season, or for those looking to revamp an outdated […]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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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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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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Tip for Today: Labelmakers!

| June 29, 2008 | 0 Comments

Invest in a handheld labelmaker!  They’re great for labeling equipment with student names.  You can even label with the field coordinates where equipment is set at the start of the show to calm early-season nerves and avoid misplaced flags!

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