Tag: staging

EA Series: Transitions

| December 12, 2011 | 2 Comments

This will make your guard program better, I SWEAR! I had planned to cover this topic later in the series, but knowing that many guards are already starting their winter programs, I thought discussing it now might help prevent problems later on. One of the most common failures in all of color–guard–land is the dreaded […]

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“What the Heck is Ensemble Analysis Anyway?”

| November 14, 2011 | 6 Comments

“What the heck is Ensemble Analysis anyway?” Many people (Guard Instructors) ask me this question and it baffles me. It seems so obvious to me. How can people not get it? Apparently, I’m in the minority here. So, I’m going to try to explain it over the next several months along with thoughts about how […]

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| September 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

I. What makes a transition effective/ineffective? A.   Effective transitions 1. Make sense musically 2. Match the mood/dynamics 3. Leave an element of the guard to maintain emphasis 4. Maintain horizontal thought process (continuity) throughout program 5. Are planned to enhance the visual design of the entire ensemble B. Ineffective Transitions 1. Disrupt the horizontal thought […]

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Reflections on a Webinar: Transitions vs. Moments of Development

| January 19, 2010 | 1 Comment

In early December, I had the privilege of interviewing Karl Lowe for the WGASC education webinar series.  While there were certainly many nuggets of color guard gold that came from him during that interview, there is one in particular that I found to be especially compelling for this time of the year.  I really appreciated […]

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Tight Transitions (from Halftime Magazine)

| January 2, 2008 | 1 Comment

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!

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Tip for Today: Fundamentals with Drill

| September 30, 2007 | 0 Comments

“For any sections of the show that do not yet have routine, have the students spin a fundamentals exercise over it.  You might consider having them spin for one set and then stop spinning for the next, then resume spinning on the third, etc.  This helps them to learn how to spin and move through […]

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Tip for Today: Highlight the Form

| August 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

“Are your new girls having trouble seeing the complete guard form amongst all the other positions on their drill chart?  Advise them to mark the guard’s form with one color highlighter and their own position in another color.  It may take more time, but in the end they will be able to see the complete […]

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Equipment Transitions: Four Problems to Avoid

| February 5, 2007 | 2 Comments

Equipment Transitions can make or break a show.  They can be one of the most difficult aspects to design but also one of the most important.  A bad transition can stop the flow of your show in it’s tracks, or even distract the audience from very important sections of music or visual effect.  However, when […]

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Mapping Out Your Show

| January 20, 2007 | 6 Comments
Mapping Out Your Show

A Music Map is a tool to help you break down your music into logical and manageable chunks in order to be able to clearly see the overview of the show, determine equipment and drill transitions, plan effects, control pacing and evaluate musical ideas and structure.  If you are working with a staff of choreographers, […]

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