Last month I promised a guard-themed craft or crochet project per month. I almost let November run away from me… but just under the wire I’m back with craft project #2! And this one I LOVE! Bus Pillows made from Upcycled Guard T-shirts with Crochet Edgings Before I start with the step-by-step let me just [...]
Mrs. T is back this month with another hairstyle tutorial and this one is quick and easy! She’s sharing how she gets a neat, sleek, high ponytail for performances. Just a few quick steps for performance ready hair. For more posts from Mrs. T visit her blog at http://www.colorguardblog.com. Thanks again Mrs. T!
With the strained economy, many schools, families, and yes, band programs, are tightening budgets. Winter Guard is a popular activity in the larger schools in Ohio. However, the program I took over 6 years ago is part of a smaller school with a smaller budget and winter guard is an activity that is largely unknown [...]
Warning —this may be more of a rant, but I feel it is necessary after experiencing two events in the last 2 weeks, one as an instructor of a competing unit and one as an adjudicator.First and foremost, we, as educators need to remember that this activity is about EDUCATING young adults. A phrase that [...]
Zip. Zero. Nada. Negative. Nuthin. That’s how much colorguard exposure the Movement Chick has had in the past three weekends. You see, Mother Nature has apparently gotten ahold of my planner and wreaked havoc on my show schedule, and I have consequently been iced/snowed/airlined out of South Carolina, Ohio and Northern Virginia. Of course I [...]
First, let’s take a look back in time….. At the beginning of our season instructors and performers alike are passionate about the concepts that they are working toward. The music is new, the colors and equipment are new, sometimes the costumes are new as well, and we are engaged and excited by all of these [...]
The following article describes an exercise used by Broad Run High School color guard coach (and CGE editor) Catina Anderson to help her students expand their repertoire for emotional expression beyond the “plastered-on” smile. A few years ago I designed a regional A winter guard show requiring performers to express happy, sad and angry emotions [...]
For many performers the hardest part of the performance is controlling the nerves you feel prior to and during the performance. Here are ten tricks of the trade for preparing yourself for the best possible performance and keeping your nerves “in check”. 10. Do your homework… for color guard that is. You know best [...]
Imagine your performers in this situation… They step onto the gym floor amidst a flurry of pre show excitement, expectations of their team mates and instructors, and last minute show changes. In the audience are friends, family, instructors, competitors and judges. They can hear the blood pumping in their ears, hearts are racing, and their [...]
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!