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Courses

The Power of Positive Teaching

WATCH NOW!  This is a recording of a live webinar presented on March 15.  Courtney Allison and Andria Foerch sit down to talk about the impact of positive teaching on our color guard students. Several different ideas and strategy’s can be used to create a more peaceful approach to our students, especially when giving feedback. Listen as they go through some ideas that can help you with your team.

February 27, 2017
English
$30.00

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The Breathing Party – Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW!  One of the most important marching arts skills sets for students is learning how to use their air to support their instrument.  Arguably, this skill is the most important to not only achieve the best possible sound, but also to project that sound in large performance venues.  Unfortunately, developing this skill set might not be the most popular exercise within your students … and as directors, sometimes the first exercise to be cut from the warm up routine when under time constraints are the breathing exercises.  The Breathing Party offers a perspective to not only work on strength & support of the instrument, but can be done in 3 minutes or less and most importantly fun for the students.   

February 27, 2017
English
$30.00

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Across the Floors – Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW!  One of the most popular exercises used by color guards or dance ensembles is the Across the Floors exercise. Playing Across the Floors is a great example of how to apply and develop basic tone quality exercises to basic marching directions using the Across the Floors exercise.

March 6, 2017
English
$30.00

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Andria Foerch – The Positive Influence

WATCH NOW! Andria Foerch talks with Courtney Allison of ColorGuardEDU about “The Positive Influence,” discussing how Positive Teaching can make you a better educator and create better outcomes and performances.

March 10, 2017
English
$30.00

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Tim Newburn – Creating a Career in the Marching Arts

WATCH NOW!  This is a recording of a live webinar presented on March 22.  Tim Newburn talks with Courtney Allison of ColorGuardEDU about “Creating a Color Guard Life.”  

March 16, 2017
English
$30.00

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Questions & Answers 1

WATCH NOW FOR FREE!  This is a recording of a live webinar presented on March 29.  Courtney Allison talks about her history in the activity and why she created ColorGuardEDU.  She also answers questions about teaching dance, admitting when you’re wrong, sharing the creative process, general effect in young groups, and developing a leadership team.  There is no fee to access this webinar.  Learn about Courtney and her mission here at ColorGuardEDU!

March 23, 2017
English
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Marlieta Matthews – Get Your Students “Rock Star Ready”

WATCH NOW!  This is a recording of a live webinar presented on March 28.  Marlieta Matthews talks with Courtney Allison of ColorGuardEDU about Getting your Students “Rock Star Ready” for the end of the season.

March 23, 2017
English
$30.00

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Playing in Plie – Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW!  Dance is becoming a very important part of the marching arts activity within wind players.  Wind players need to develop visual skill sets of basic marching as well as all kinds of dance.  “Playing in Plie” is a great example of how to apply and develop basic tone quality exercises to one of the most basic dance movements.  Matt Harloff, assisted by Susie Harloff, shares clear explanations and includes a video of band students demonstrating these exercises.

March 30, 2017
English
$30.00

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Rick Subel – Creating a Production Timeline

WATCH NOW!  This is a recording of the live webinar presented on May 1, 2017.  Rick Subel is one of the top experts in color guard, show design, and production scheduling.  He joins Courtney Allison to discuss and explain how to create a production timeline for your show.  Many programs do not understand this basic and essential planning tool!   Watch an excerpt from this webinar

April 28, 2017
English
$30.00

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Creating a Team Within Your Color Guard

WATCH NOW FOR FREE! This webinar was recorded on May 3, 2017.  Courtney Allison of ColorGuard EDU tells you how to create a team within your color guard!  Get concrete advice on how to build a culture of hard working, performance hungry students within your color guard program! WATCH AN EXCERPT

April 28, 2017 / 2:00 pm
English
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Stephanie Chavez – Recruiting and Retention

WATCH NOW! This webinar was recorded on May 2, 2017.  Stephanie Chavez is the director of the WGI Champion Color Guard at Klein Oak HS.  Stephanie joins Courtney Allison to share her expertise on recruiting students and retention in your program.  

April 28, 2017 / 2:00 pm
English
$30.00

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Joey Powell – Building and Managing a Staff

WATCH NOW!  Joey Powell is the director of color guard at James Bowie HS and is Guard Caption Supervisor / Choreographer for Carolina Crown.  Joey joins Courtney Allison of ColorGuardEDU to share his expertise on “Building and Managing a Staff.”   Topics include: How to decide who to hire, How to know what your program needs, Defining the rolls of each staff member, and Social Media issues with your staff.  The video of this webinar is available to watch now at your convenience.

May 6, 2017 / 2:00 pm
English
$30.00

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Jennifer Hinshaw – Give Your Students The Love Of Dance

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Jennifer Hinshaw talks about how to give your students a love of dance.  Train new students without leaving advanced behind!  We discuss the important of variety in dance class, engaging students while they learn new skills.  Jennifer has been involved in the color guard activity since 1995 and is on the staff at Avon HS and Lexis Winter Guard.

May 6, 2017 / 2:00 pm
English
$30.00

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John Leonard – How to Create the “Big Picture”

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John Leonard is the director of the Marcus Color Guard program and has been a teacher and choreographer for nearly twenty years.  John joins Courtney Allison of ColorGuardEDU to share his expertise on How To Create The “Big Picture.”  Building better transitions, planning the show for maximum effect, and creating a program that showcases the strengths of your group.  The video of this webinar is available now and can be accessed at the same location where you signed up.  WATCH AN EXCERPT OF THE CONVERSATION

May 6, 2017 / 2:00 pm
English
$30.00

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Ethics and Risk Management

BEGIN NOW!  This 2 hour course contains essential information for directors and instructors about Boundaries and Interactions with Minors, Social Media and Texting, Duty to Report, Documentation, and Bullying & Hazing.  This course also includes another 90 minutes of supplemental materials on Youth Development, Discipline, and Fiduciary Responsibilities.  SAMPLE THE COURSEWORK

May 22, 2017
English
$95.00

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Greg Lagola & Carol Abohatab – First Steps in Design Once Music is Chosen

WATCH NOW!  This webinar was recorded on May 10, 2017.  Two true experts in the world of show design, Greg Lagola and Carol Abohatab, share their expertise with you as they discuss the creative process.  The value of being uncomfortable as the process begins, making sure the choreography is appropriate for your group, and the value of the process itself.  The video of this webinar is available to watch now at your convenience.  WATCH AN EXCERPT

May 25, 2017
English
$30.00

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Inside the Circle: How it all Starts

WATCH NOW!   Join Michael Klesch and Matt Harloff talk about their mentors and influences, as well as all that needs to happen before the first note of rehearsal is ever played.  Watch an excerpt here.

May 27, 2017
English
$30.00

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Carolina Crown 2017 Brass Videos from Spring Training

Free Access to these videos!  Your first look at the 2017 Carolina Crown!  Watch Matt Harloff and the staff of CrownBRASS work with the hornline as they train the members during Spring Training.  Videos feature breathing exercises and Brass Warm-ups. Learn from the very best!

May 29, 2017
English
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Paul and Sandi Rennick – Pre-Season Training: The Season Begins

WATCH NOW!  Two master educators in the world of percussion share their expertise as Paul and Sandi Rennick discuss how they prepare for the upcoming DCI season.  Recorded just days before 2017 Spring Training begins with the Santa Clara Vanguard, Paul and Sandi discuss how they prepare for the beginning of the season, pre-season rehearsal techniques, and early season development of the percussion ensemble.  Topics include the amount of time spent on technique vs. music, how Paul creates short exercises for specific goals for the performers, how they teach for sound instead of technique, how they write the music….(which comes first, the battery parts or the front ensemble music), how Sandi achieves such nuance and clarity in her writing, and they even discuss some of their favorites show and performances through the years.

May 30, 2017
English
$30.00

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Carolina Crown 2017 First Impact First Recording

Free Access to this video!  Your first look at the 2017 Carolina Crown!  Matt Harloff of CrownBRASS shares the first official recording of the first show impact! Find other exclusive videos from Carolina Crown Spring Training and great educational materials from Matt Harloff and Michael Klesch on this website.

May 31, 2017
English
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Building Relationships – Ralph Reiff and Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW!  The importance of building great relationships cannot be ignored.  Having a strong relationship with your colleagues, staff, parents, principals & department chairs can only benefit & enhance your students education & experience.  Matt Harloff talks with Ralph Reiff, executive director of the St Vincent Sports Performance Center as well as an athletic trainer Hall of Fame member talk about strategies and his experience on ways you can develop strong relationships that can help your program. 

June 1, 2017
English
$30.00

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Athletic Training – Ralph Reiff and Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW!  The Marching Arts is becoming more and more athletic each year.  It is becoming even more important for the director and staff to become educated when it comes to student strength & conditioning, understand what the body can dd, how to train the body to perform the skill sets that you are asking your members to perform and understanding recovery, nutrition & hydration.

June 1, 2017
English
$30.00

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Carol Dweck: The Growth Mindset – Mary White

WATCH NOW!  The mindset of the students and teacher dramatically influences success.  Dr. Mary White discusses the concepts from Carol Dweck’s renowned book: “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.”

June 1, 2017 / 2:00 pm
English
$30.00

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CIRCLE DRILL – Spring Training – Matt Harloff

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Welcome to part 1 of a progressive series from Inside the CrownBRASS circle.  If you are NOT familiar with the exercise Circle Drill, these videos are for you. Watch Matt Harloff give a video analysis of the circle drill & learn what to watch & listen for as well as receive rehearsal ideas for your program. 

June 10, 2017
English
$30.00

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Tuning – Just Intonation – Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW!  Tuning any fundamental pitch is one thing, but tuning intervals and chords are a completely different thing. Learn & see demonstrations explaining “Just Intonation” and how it can upgrade your program. This video features CrownBRASS as a demonstration group … learn the exercises they use which can be applied to any level ensemble and can help your students play chords better in tune.

June 11, 2017
English
$30.00

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FULL VOLUME – Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW! Communicating stronger volumes to your audience & judges is an important skill that must be developed.  Learn how to produce louder volumes without sacrificing qualify of sound from the very best … CrownBRASS.  Matt gives a video analysis of exercises you can use with your program to help your students play louder & yet achieve the quality of sound that you want.

June 13, 2017
English
$30.00

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BREATHE DAH – Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW! The secret behind CrownBRASS which can be applied to any level of ensemble is Breathe DAH.  Learn about the program created by DCI Hall of Fame members Donnie VanDoren & Jim Prime … the masterminds behind the Garfield Cadets & Star of Indiana.  Watch CrownBRASS in action as they work to master this technique program that helps them create that standard setting clarity in performance.   Learn from Matt Harloff as he gives a video analysis of Breathe DAH & learn what to watch and listen for as well as receive rehearsal ideas for your program.  WATCH AN EXCERPT

June 13, 2017
English
$30.00

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Byron Valentine

WATCH NOW!  TAKE YOUR PLANNING FULL CIRCLE! Byron Valentine joins Courtney Allison from ColorGuardEDU to share his expertise in design and instruction.  Byron will present “I Want to Paint a Picture, but Where Do I Buy the Paint?”  Helpful Hints for Designing in the Complex World of Winterguard.  Topics include Planning in Advance, Deciding on The Intent, Mood and Feeling, Shapes and Textures, and Entertainment / Making your Show Accessible to the Audience.

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June 14, 2017 / 2:00 pm
English
$30.00

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The Method of Release – Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW! Learn about a consistent approach to releasing the note that is easy to understand and can be applied to your ensembles.  Watch CrownBRASS in action & learn how they create those breathtaking releases in performances. Learn from Matt Harloff as he gives a video analysis of the release technique & learn what to watch and listen for as well as receive rehearsal ideas for your program.

June 15, 2017
English
$30.00

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Show Exercises: Daily Chores – Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW!  SHOW EXERCISES: Daily Chores
A MUST SEE educational video!!!!  A revolutionary rehearsal idea that will save time, give your students more repetitions, warm up & work on show music skills at the same time.  Watch CrownBRASS use this idea & learn how they achieve the musical clarity they are known for.  Learn from Matt Harloff as he gives a video analysis of exercises you can use with your program to help your students play louder & yet achieve the quality of sound that you want.

June 19, 2017
English
$30.00

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Show Exercises: Rhythm/Style – Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW!  SHOW EXERCISES: Rhythm/Style
A MUST SEE educational video!!!!  A revolutionary rehearsal idea that will save time, give your students more repetitions, warm up & work on show music skills at the same time.  Watch CrownBRASS use this idea & learn how they achieve the musical clarity they are known for.  Learn from Matt Harloff as he gives a video analysis of exercises you can use with your program to help your students play louder & yet achieve the quality of sound that you want.

June 19, 2017
English
$30.00

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Show Exercises: Unique Skill Sets – Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW!  SHOW EXERCISES: Unique Skill Sets
A MUST SEE educational video!!!!  A revolutionary rehearsal idea that will save time, give your students more repetitions, warm up & work on show music skills at the same time.  Watch CrownBRASS use this idea & learn how they achieve the musical clarity they are known for.  Learn from Matt Harloff as he gives a video analysis of exercises you can use with your program to help your students play louder & yet achieve the quality of sound that you want.

June 19, 2017
English
$30.00

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SHOW EXERCISES – Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW!  SHOW EXERCISES: Unique Skills / Daily Chores / Rhythm-Style
SPECIAL OFFER: Purchase all three videos here at half price! Normally $90 if purchases individually, we provide them here together for only $45.  A revolutionary rehearsal idea that will save time, give your students more repetitions, warm up & work on show music skills at the same time.

June 20, 2017
English
$45.00

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The Crown Sound – Matt Harloff

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Matt Harloff is often asked how he gets that dark rich sound with the ensembles he teaches at Carolina Crown and Avon High School.  Matt talks about creating that dark “Crown Sound,” sharing advice and techniques you can use right away to improve the sound and success of your own ensemble.

 

July 6, 2017
English
$30.00

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Exclusive Interview with Bluecoats Color Guard Captionhead, Shavon Garcia

Free Access to this video!  Courtney sits down with Bluecoats Color Guard Captionhead/ Imbue Director, Shavon Garcia to discuss how she creates performance consistency within her programs, as well as her thoughts on how to bring this approach to every day rehearsals.

July 17, 2017
English
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Scott Chandler on “Metamorph” – Blue Devils 2017

Free Access to this video!  Scott Chandler talks with Tim about the concepts and design of the Blue Devils 2017 production “Metamorph.”  This hour-long interview takes you behind the scenes so you can understand and enjoy this very detailed show.

August 4, 2017
English
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George Hopkins on The Cadets 2017 Show

Free Access to this video!  George Hopkins, the director of The Cadets, talks about the 2017 show, “The Faithful, The Fallen, The Forgiven.”  George talks about the process of designing the show, the use of the singers, the three different uniforms worn by the corps, and about the issues the activity is facing around amplification and props.

August 5, 2017
English
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Santa Clara Vanguard Staff on “Ouroboros”

Free Access to this video!  Michael Gaines, Paul Rennick, and Andy Toth discuss the 2017 Vanguard show, “Ouroboros” and the great complexity of the design.  The props and featured small ensemble provide great opportunities, but you’ll marvel at how intricate the planning and design implementation is to accomplish this production!

August 6, 2017
English
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Carolina Crown Design Staff on 2017 Show

Free Access to this video!  David Starnes and Rick Subel discuss the concept of the show, the intellectual process behind the design, and the reasons behind the decision to include the singer, the “art installation” of the prop design, and the unconventional closing production.  Understanding the design process will enhance your enjoyment of the show and help you watch through fresh eyes and ears.

August 7, 2017
English
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Keith Potter on Boston Crusaders Wicked Games

Free Access to this video!  Keith Potter of the Boston Crusaders Design Team talks about the creation of “Wicked Games.”

August 8, 2017
English
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Bluecoats Design Staff on Jagged Line

Free Access to this video!  Doug Thrower, Tom Rarick, and Vince Oliver talk about the creation of “Jagged Line.”  They discuss working with Thank You Scientist, the huge stage, amplification, and creating the sound and groove of the music.

August 8, 2017
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Ron Hardin – Visual Priorities Once School Begins

WATCH NOW!  Ron Hardin, the Visual Caption Supervisor for Carolina Crown, is one of our activity’s most respected designers, clinicians, and adjudicators.  Ron will talk about “Getting school started… What are the visual priorities now that classes have begun and the long hours of band camp are over?”  Helpful advice on cleaning drill, procedures for running the rehearsal, and logical fixes for common problems with the visual program that YOU can use.

 

August 24, 2017
English
$30.00

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ColorGuardEDU First Release Collection

NEW!  The first 12 releases from Courtney Allyson Mill’s great new resource, ColorGuardEDU are available at ONE lower price.  Purchase the entire collection of 12 videos at one time for 1/2 of the cost of purchasing each individually!  Useful information from experts Joey Powell, Rick Subel, Tim Newburn, Stephanie Chavez, John Leonard, Marlieta Matthews, Andrea Foerch, Byron Valentine and Jennifer Hinshaw.  Take your group to the next level by increasing your knowledge!  This low price also includes the option to share these videos with your staff.

 

August 26, 2017
English
$180.00

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The Matt Harloff Collection

NEW!  All 15 of Matt Harloff’s remarkably helpful educational videos are available at ONE lower price.  Purchase the entire collection of 15 videos at one time for 1/2 of the cost of purchasing each individually!  Topics include The Crown Sound, Full Volume, Tuning-Just Intonation, Breathe DAH, The Method of Release, Show Exercises, and many other vital topics.  Take your group to the next level by increasing your knowledge!  This low price also includes the option to share these videos with your staff.

 

August 26, 2017
English
$195.00

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Inside the Circle 2 – Matt Harloff and Michael Klesch

WATCH NOW!  Make The Learning Process More Efficient!  Matt Harloff and Michael Klesch return for the second in a series “Inside The Circle” where they share great advice helpful as school begins!  Insider tips include preparing music correctly for students to save time in rehearsal, strategies to get students comfortable with the music faster, and suggestions on techniques for adjusting parts and teaching efficiently.

 

August 31, 2017
English
$30.00

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Michael Rosales – Creating Choreography

LIVE WEBINAR on Wednesday, September 13 at 9:00 pm Eastern time!  

The Michael Rosales webinar on September 13 will be postponed due to the catastrophic hurricane headed towards Florida. Michael resides in Miami with his family.

A later date for Michael’s webinar “Creating Choreography” will be announced as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and please join us in sending our love to all of the color guard folks impacted by this weather event.”

Michael Rosales on “Creating Choreography: How to find what works best for your team.”  Michael has worked with Carolina Crown, Santa Clara Vanguard, and the Blue Knights, plus was the choreographer for “Blast: The Music of Disney” currently touring in Japan.

 

September 4, 2017
English
$30.00

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Chad Berkstresser: Creating Shows about Powerful Women

WATCH NOW!  Chad Berkstresser on “Creating Shows about Powerful Women FOR Powerful Women.”  Chad talks about the process of creating these shows, life lessons he teaches his young guard members through these shows, and the benefits of bringing guest clinicians in to work with his group.  Chad has worked with and written for many ensembles, including Father Ryan HS, Spring HS and The Woodlands.

 

September 6, 2017
English
$30.00

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Virtual Clinics Webinar

Free Access to this Webinar!  Matt Harloff joins Courtney and Tim to discuss the new Virtual Clinics now available. Take your group to the next level by giving them the advantage of advice from EXPERTS at the very top of our activity!  It’s as easy as sharing a video!

 

September 6, 2017
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Lindsey Vento – Show Coordination through Body Movement

WATCH NOW!  This webinar was recorded on Sept. 20, 2017. 

Lindsey Vento on “Show Coordination Through Body Movement.”  Lindsey explains how to create the “big picture” through the color guard and band body movements.  Topics include Coordination, Pacing, “Development” instead of Transition, Planning a Coordinated Idea, “Remembering the Excellence Factor”, and the need for visual variety.  This is practical information YOU can use right now!  

 

September 21, 2017
English
$30.00

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Greg Lagola – Choosing a Uniform from a Catalog

LIVE WEBINAR on Wednesday, October 25 at 9:00 pm Eastern time!  

Fashion Designer Greg Lagola, who famously designed the 2016 Bluecoats uniforms, shares advice on choosing a uniform from a catalog.  Once your show music and concept is chosen, how does one proceed from there to choose an existing uniform for greatest success?  Practical advice ANY director, designer, or instructor can use!

 

September 28, 2017
English
$30.00

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Ultimate Drill Book

Free Access to this Video!   Find out how modern technology can help you teach drill faster and how the Bluecoats and Carolina Crown have utilized it.  This video includes a demonstration of how this works! With Josh Gall and Luke Gall

 

October 15, 2017
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Alan Spaeth & Steve Ryan- Costuming your Winter Guard

LIVE WEBINAR on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 9:00 pm Eastern time!  

Alan Spaeth and Steve Ryan on Costuming your Winter Guard

Alan Spaeth has been designing Marching Band and Winterguard shows since 1988.  He is known for creative, one-of-a-kind shows. Alan has designed for such groups as Plymouth-Canton Marching Band (MI) and was a Visual Consultant for The Cavaliers  and the Visual Coordinator for The Phantom Regiment. Alan is currently the visual designer for Flower Mound High School (TX) Marching Band.  Alan is a Founder/Owner of R&S Marching Arts –www.rsmarchingarts.com

Steven Ryan has been involved in the marching arts as performer, designer, instructor, and consultant for nearly 30 years. In addition to performing with The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, Alliance of Miami and Studio One he has designed for and consulted with groups including: Choctawhatchee HS Winter Guards,  The Spirit of Atlanta, The Cavaliers, and The Company Winter Guard.

 

October 18, 2017
English
$30.00

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Tim Fairbanks – Tips and Tricks for Staging Indoor Drumline

LIVE WEBINAR on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 10:00 pm Eastern time!  

Tim Fairbanks is the Director and Visual Designer for Rhythm X, WGI Percussion Independent World Class Champion in 2008, 2009, 2013.  He is an internationally in-demand clinician, designer, arranger, and adjudicator.  Tim will share valuable tips and tricks for staging indoor drumline, giving you practical information you can use right now as you are creating your Winter production.  

October 19, 2017
English
$30.00

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Brad Green – How to Create an Effective Soundtrack for Winter Guard

LIVE WEBINAR on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 9:00 pm Eastern time!  

Brad Kerr Green is the music composer/arranger for the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band stationed at Langley AFB in Hampton, VA. Brad is also a freelance composer/arranger/educator/adjudicator for marching bands, indoor winds, and drum and bugle corps, as well as soundtrack designer for winter guard programs across the United States.  Notable soundtracks created by Brad include Flanagan’s 2015 production “Standing By The Wall”, CGT Dallas’s 2017 production “Dual”, Braddock’s 2009 production “We Do It To Ourselves”, and Pride of Cincinnati’s 2010 production “Summer of Love”.

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October 19, 2017
English
$30.00

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