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Keep the Fire Burning: Veteran Instructors share their secrets for longevity and long lasting success in pageantry – an interview with Jody Jones

| November 27, 2012 | 1 Comment

One of the most common challenges instructors face is how to keep the stress from taking over.  We throw our entire lives into our programs, our students, the activity, the show.  Soon we start to feel like we don’t have much of a life leftover and burnout sets in.  So we asked veteran instructors with […]

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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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Tip for Today: The “10 Game”

| January 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

“I have been teaching/teching/instructing my current guard for the past 2 marching band seasons and they are about to start their 2nd winter guard season. After we have totally cleaned a section or phrase and everyone is correct with body, hand placement and equipment, we play the “10 Game”. During this game, the guard does […]

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Tip for Today: Why Be Negative?

| September 29, 2009 | 0 Comments

Why be negative with your students? They already get that in everyday life. Be the reason they come to rehearsals! Food for Thought… -Peter Gomez, Chino HS World

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Uniformed Run-Thru

| June 11, 2009 | 0 Comments

Before your big debut, take some time to practice in uniform. Sometimes, the students are not used to a skirt or performing in a one sleeved uniform. The students can see what undergarments they will personally need and you, as an instructor, can see what the uniforms will look like on the field or floor. […]

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Tip for Today: Tape the metal pieces of your rifle.

| August 24, 2008 | 0 Comments

The metal pieces of a rifle can be particularly sharp on bare hands, especially in cold weather.  Avoid injury by taping over all exposed metal including swivels and strap screws with electrical tape before the season begins.

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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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