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 [...]
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 [...]
Hello my darlings!! Has the whirlwind of our crazy season swept you up and away yet? [Why, yes, I WAS in Kansas… why do you ask? Sigh...No, I never did find the ruby slippers. My broom ride flight home, however, was lovely] And, in the usual shocking nature of The Movement Chick, I digress into [...]
Darlings!!! Yes, it is I. A day late and a dollar short, as ever. Le Sigh. [Okay, fine. Three weeks late.] Thank the good Lord that the other columnists here at the venerable CGE are so prepared! Whew. Anyway. Here we are in the throes of the 2012 season, spinning out little hearts out, yes? [...]
Hello Darlings! I am back! I have returned to the glorious pages screen that is color guard educators. Of COURSE I missed you! Yup, here I am. My marching band season has drawn to a close, and as always, I am loving what some of our performers are putting out there… [Err, yes, I may [...]
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 [...]
WGASC judge Chris Casteel discusses strategies for keeping your performers motivated through the mid-season slump!
Have difficulty finding time to maintain your rehearsal of fundamentals throughout the season? This article has ideas for how to fit in critical rehearsal of fundamental skills at every rehearsal throughout the entire season even as focus shifts towards design and choreography. Coaches and Adjudicators agree a strong training program with a solid foundation in [...]
Providing clear counts for choreography is important. When first learning work, teach the motion that you wish to occur without structure. This helps to get the movement “into the muscles”. Next, define each count of music. This helps to clarify pathways, momentum, and timing. Finally, teaching the use of subdivision (1 & 2 & 3…) [...]
To aid our girls in getting the drill/routine down I video the instructor doing the routine and upload it onto my computer. I then burn copies of the drills for each girl so when they are practicing at home if they get dazed and confused they can pop the disk in their pc and see [...]
Here is an article I co-wrote for Halftime Magazine on Mastering Memorization . It has tips for performers on ways to make memorizing routines easier! The article is applicable to both guard and instrumentalists! Please visit their website and support this exciting new publication that features our favorite activities!