March Forth

Posted March 4, 2020 by Paula Monique

This morning, I began seeing posts about “Marching Arts Day.” I was immediately filled with gratitude and appreciation for this activity and how it changed my life.

I thought about sharing a quick little something on Facebook or Instagram, but as I continued to reflect on my path and everything I’ve experienced in my life, I realized that a short blurb wouldn’t suffice. I felt compelled to do more; to share some things about my marching history that I’ve kept to myself until now. 

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The Last Chapter

Posted August 11, 2018 by Paula Monique

This morning I woke up and spent a few minutes scrolling through Facebook and Instagram as I usually do. But today is different. I was reminded of the immense amount of energy and emotion that surrounds the drum corps community on the last day of the season. For most, today is just another Saturday filled with running errands, cleaning to do, and maybe even penciling in a little relaxation time. For drum corps performers, staff, and fans, however, it’s the biggest game day of the year. We wake up with a buzz of excitement and maybe even a little nervousness for what the day will bring, but at the same time, we’re ready — we’ve been dreaming about this day all year.

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Summer Reading 2018

Posted July 25, 2018 by Ben Harloff

Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.
—U.S. President Harry S. Truman 

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Drum Corps 2018: Mid-Summer Reflections

Posted July 22, 2018 by Paula Monique

Although it might seem like drum corps were just posting their camp dates and making dramatic show announcements, the 2018 Drum Corps International season actually has less than three weeks left!

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Marching Band Hornline: Getting to Each Individual

Posted July 19, 2018 by Ben Harloff

Making sure that each individual in a marching band’s hornline is playing and contributing at their best is one of the biggest challenges faced by any band director. That’s because the only way a full hornline can produce optimal sound is if each individual is maximizing their contribution to the line. 

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Wind Instruments: Marching Band Versus Concert Band

Posted July 10, 2018 by Ben Harloff

Over the course of a school year, band students may play in different kinds of ensembles. For example, in addition to performing a solo, a student could perform in a concert band, an orchestra, a jazz band, a marching band, a pep band, a musical pit, and a chamber ensemble. Playing in different ensembles may require students to change gears and take different approaches to their instruments, which can be a challenging adjustment. 

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