The Last Chapter

Posted August 11, 2018

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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The Marching Band Student Leadership Team: Part 1

Posted June 18, 2018 by Ben Harloff

The success of the student leadership team in a marching band is crucial to the success of the band as a whole. You can look at the leadership team as being another band director — they can help with business items, lead sectionals, be role models, give private lessons, organize drill and music, and help students who need extra direction. The options are endless. It is important to know that every band is different, so every leadership team will also look different. The Pride of Broken Arrow’s leadership team, for example, might not look the same as Tarpon Springs’.

As a director, you know your program more than anyone, so you will know what kind of leadership team the band needs. Some of the determining factors for choosing your leadership team will be the size of the band, the culture of the school/band, the ability of each section, the age of the band, the size of the staff, the performance schedule, and the goals of the season.

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