Daily Warm-Up & Development Part 1

As the new marching band season begins, it is essential that each rehearsal begins with a period of time dedicated to music fundamentals. (There should be an equal amount of time dedicated to marching & movement ...

Marching Band Review

Give yourself a little distance from the end of the season to “cleanse the palette,” like a month or so, and then dig in and do an honest review.

1. Review the marching band season with an open mind. ...

Teaching Tip #3 – Rehearsal Techniques

Focus on ONE thing at a time – Music OR Visual

The huge number of details & skills for any one segment can be overwhelming to the younger members of the marching band. When rehearsing on the field, ...

Teaching Tip #2 – Rehearsal Techniques

We Came to Play!

Band is exciting, especially at the beginning of a new school year. Make it so!

Get them playing something exciting as soon as possible. Laying a foundation of good ...

Teaching Tip #1 – Rehearsal Techniques

Talk Less – Play More!

We all have been in rehearsals or classes where the instructor talks too much, repeats himself over and over again, then says the same thing, then repeats herself, then… ...

Daily Warm-Up & Development – Part 2

What is normally referred to as the warm-up is really two parts – Warm-up and Development of individual and ensemble skills. My previous Blog dealt with the Warm-up portion and here we will ...

End Of The Year Student Survey

It is very important to give students the opportunity to evaluate and give input for each class you teach at the end of each semester/term. There are two important reasons for this:

1. To give each student a ...

Marching Band Show Planning Part 3 With Wayne Markworth

From Great Music to a Great Show

Once some great songs have been selected, the staff needs to mold them into a cohesive and entertaining show. Use a “Show Planning Guide” to list several options for each part ...

Marching Band Show Planning Part 2 With Wayne Markworth

Which comes first – the music or theme/concept?

  • Either approach works as long as the result is a show with great music.
    • Choose music that has quality and will be enjoyable to ...

Marching Band Show Planning Part 1 With Wayne Markworth

Step One in good marching band Show Planning is to do a thorough and HONEST review of the past season. Ask yourself (and your key staff members) the following questions:

1.  What were the strengths of the band?

2. ...

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