Tag: winter guard

Our Non-Competitive Winter Guard – Another Alternative

| November 29, 2012 | 6 Comments

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 […]

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ON THE WEB: Podcast about starting a brand new WG program

| December 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Episode 47 of the Marching Roundtable podcast series (posted December 12, 2011) is an interview with Tim LeBlanc – a guard instructor from TX who has also been a participant in the CGE community on Facebook – about his experience starting a brand new winter guard at a new school.  Check it out!  Episode 47: […]

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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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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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Starting off the Competition Season with CGE

| January 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

Each year, whether novice instructor or experienced, the start of the competition season can be overwhelming.  It seems things just pile up as you try to squeeze in one last 16 count phrase, explain the competition day process to new performers and train a parent volunteer support crew. It’s easy for something to get overlooked. […]

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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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IN THE NEWS: “USSBA Unveils Colorguard Scoring System”

| February 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

USSBA released a couple news articles through their site that may be of interest to our community.  First, an interview with their Colorguard Education Director, Beverly Brahan describing their approach to scoring and education with links to their new scoresheets which are now available online.  See "USSBA Unveils Colorguard Scoring System" by Sean King, posted […]

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USSBA to Start Indoor Competition Circuit

| January 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

The US Scholastic Band Association (USSBA) is embarking on a new chapter in their organizational history.  This winter, 2010, they will begin offering Winter Guard & Percussion competition. The USSBA is a branch of the non-profit organization Youth Education in the Arts better known as YEA! and the home base to the nine-time DCI world […]

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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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USSBA to hold Indoor Clinic

| December 16, 2009 | 0 Comments

USSBA (U.S. Scholastic Band Association) is hosting an instructional clinic for both students AND instructors on January 24th at Upper Darby High School in Drexel Hill, PA from noon until 5 p.m.  This clinic will feature a group of amazing clinicians including Tom Aungst, Marc Sylverster, Giff Howarth and Greg Lagola.  Instructors are $49.00, Students […]

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