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The Power of Positive Teaching

Free Access! 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.

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Andria Foerch – The Positive Influence

Free Access! 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.

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Rick Subel – Creating a Production Timeline

Free Access! 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

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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.

 

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Alan Spaeth & Steve Ryan- Technology and Marching Arts: Digital Design

Free Access!  Alan Spaeth and Steve Ryan on Technology and Marching Arts: Digital Design.  Keep your group on the cutting edge!  We show you how.  Topics include working with technology, keeping an open mind in the design process, taking chances in design, and making sure we see the performer through a costume.

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Jen Barton: How To Run An Effective Audition

Free Access! Jen Barton, Color Guard Director at Byrnes High School and Captionhead at Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, helps you run an effective audition for the winter guard season. From varsity and JV placements to creating a successful environment for all of your auditioning students.  We help you avoid headaches and problems!  Make sure every student has a great experience, whether they are chosen or not!   Watch a short video about this webinar

 

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Molly Favret & Sara Solomonson: Tips for Using a Graphic Designer for your Flags, Floor, & Costumes

Free Access! Take the floor with confidence knowing you’ve made the right decisions and will look professional!  Molly Favret and Sara Solomonson are two of the pageantry arts most successful graphic artists. Not only are they graphic designers, they began their careers as performers in color guard. These women share practical advice about their role in making your team look and feel amazing.  

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Drill Writers Design Forum May 2018

Watch Now!  Drill Writers Design Forum.  PANELISTS: Michael Gaines, Jeff Sacktig, & Leon May.  Get ideas and tips to help your writing!  A panel of top designers share secrets and tools that make them more creative and productive.  The panel answers questions about Pyware, dealing with unrealistic requests or demands, business procedures, guard transitions, and where they find inspiration.  Launch your summer writing season with inspiration and information to make your work faster and more creative.

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Music Arrangers Design Forum May 2018

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Music Arrangers Design Forum.  Jay Bocook, Michael Klesch, and Daniel Montoya, Jr. share secrets and tools to help you be more creative and productive.   Topics include re-harmonizing melodies, suggestions for reference materials, learning to write for instruments you’re not familiar with, and great stories from their years of writing for DCI and top marching bands.

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Creating Your Digital Environment- Getting Your Ideas To The Field

Watch Now!  Free Access!  Get the advantage of being on the cutting edge of technology.  We show you how!  Digital printing for props, uniforms, equipment, and much more is transforming the marching arts activity!  Eric Sabach of DMFX gives you insider tips and guides you through the process.  

Eric Sabach, from The Woodlands, TX, is a sales and brand/product marketing professional in the school products industry, specializing in music and arts education.

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Drill Writers Design Forum #2 – Jamey Thompson and Mitch Rogers

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Jamey Thompson and Mitch Rogers have written great drill at the highest level!  They can help you do your best work ever this year!  Topics include their workstation and monitor set-up, favorite Pyware tools, how they schedule their work each season and each day, ideas for getting past creative roadblocks, dealing with difficult clients, and memories of some of their favorite drill work.

Jamey has designed for numerous marching bands, winter ensembles, and drum corps including the Phantom Regiment, Madison Scouts, Glassmen, Empire Statesmen, and Connecticut Hurricanes.  Mitch’s innovative designs have won championships in many states and five countries, including the Cavaliers, Bluecoats, Troopers, and Aimachi.

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Ask The Pyware Expert- June 2018

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Dustin Merrell from Pyware answers questions and demonstrates his answers live from his computer screen!  Topics include creating custom props and uniforms, using production sheets, underutilized tools, how to input an audio file, printing charts, using the spiral tool and much more! 

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Matt Harloff – Free Access!

Free Live Webinar July 18, 9:00 pm Eastern time!

Matt Harloff.  The Brass Caption Supervisor for Carolina Crown answers your questions live about his work with the corps this summer!  He also will discuss his special brass instruction coursework AND his new method book, Inside the Circle Volume 2: Skill Sets for Marching Band.  YOU can ask questions live during the event!

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Ask The Finale Expert

LIVE WEBINAR on Wednesday, July 25 at 9:00 pm Eastern time!  Free Access!

Mark Adler and CJ Garcia from Finale will answer your questions and demonstrate their answers live!  Get helpful tips and techniques to make your work more efficient and enjoyable!  YOU can ask questions live and be a part of the discussion.

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Making Your Group Look Its Best

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Michael Cesario & Mark Miller from FJM, Inc.  Have your friends asking you why your group looks the best ever this year!  These two experts share tips and advice you can use!  Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to hear from the amazing and entertaining Michael Cesario?!?

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Music Arrangers Design Forum June 2018

Watch Now!  Music Arrangers Design Forum.  Richard Saucedo & Greg Bimm share secrets and tools to help you be more creative and productive.   These men have had unparalleled success as arrangers, directors, and educators!  Topics include writing for the group you have, score study, choosing the right key, making the group sound its best, being respectful of the original music source, and focusing on the show and not winning.

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Drill Writers Design Forum August 2018

Free Live Webinar August 1, 9:00 pm Eastern time!

Bob Buckner & Mark Waymire.  These two amazingly successful drill writers and educators share the secrets to having a long and successful career.  Ask questions live!  Bob and Mark will share tips for drill writing and building your business.

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SASI: Selecting your Student Leadership Team

Free Access!  SASI – The Leadership People, LLC present “Selecting your Student Leadership Team.” Make smarter choices for better results with your student leaders!  Jeremy and his team show you how and guide you through the process.  With Jeremy Spicer, Evan Van Doren, Dr. Nicholas Williams, and Robert Selaiden.

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Stephen Howard – Circuit Process and Procedure

Free Access!  Stephen Howard – Circuit Process and Procedure. Stephen Howard, the President of the TCGC Circuit, talks about the multiple responsibilities of your local circuit and gives helpful advice on ways to become active in your circuit!

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Daniel Montoya Jr – Effective Use of Popular Music in a Show

Watch Now!  Daniel Montoya, Jr. – Effective Use of Popular Music in a Show. You want to take your production to the next level with that perfect song, and Daniel Montoya Jr. will show you how to do it.  He explains which songs work best on the field, how to alter a song to add substance to a show, giving the listener time to follow the musical ideas, and how to surprise your audience. Learn the most effective uses of popular music in your design with this webinar.

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Steve Mason – WGI Winds for the Small Band

Watch Now!  Steve Mason – WGI Winds for the Small Band.  WGI Winds is tailor-made for smaller groups! You can do it. Steve Mason guides you through effective strategies on how to set your students up for success in the Winds format. This webinar will impact the strategies of Winds groups of all sizes!  Topics include starting without a huge budget, benefits for small or young groups, and some rehearsal exercises Steve uses with Rhythm X Winds.

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Carol Dweck: The Growth Mindset – Mary White

Free Access!  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.”

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Wayne Markworth – Take A Concert Band Approach

Watch Now!  Wayne Markworth – Take a Concert Band Approach. Most directors think they need to invent all new strategies and approaches for their Winds group, but you already know the answers. Let WGI Winds Coordinator Wayne Markworth guide you through applying your scholastic band knowledge to the indoor arena. For experienced and new directors alike, build the plan to engage your students through a concert band approach.  Topics include the importance of balance, don’t over-play, and delineation of style.

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Matt Harloff and Michael Klesch – Technology

Watch Now! Don’t get stuck behind the times. You’ve seen the activity evolve with technology, and want the answers of how to apply best practices for your ensemble – both now, and in the future. All the information you need and your questions answered live! Matt Harloff and Michael Klesch guide you through how to best succeed with tech in this webinar.  Topics include using technology smartly when designing, and great tools you can use in rehearsals and with students.

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Andrew Markworth – Creating High Quality Backing Tracks

Watch now!!  Andrew Markworth – Creating High Quality Backing Tracks.  Imagine having electronic tracks and sound design as good as the best in the business. Support your winds production with high quality backing tracks to complete your design. Grab this webinar with Andrew Markworth of Rhythm X to create a plan perfect for your ensemble.  Topics include equipment needed, the process of creating the track, balancing the track throughout the season, things to consider for your group, and “less is more.”  Recorded on Feb. 28, 2018.

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Matt Harloff – Staying Motivated / Avoiding Burnout

Watch Now!  Matt Harloff – Staying Motivated / Avoiding Burnout. Have you found yourself burning-out from the intensive band training year-round? Performers and instructors are both at risk, but Matt Harloff of Avon HS and Carolina Crown has a plan to keep you and your students motivated through the Winds season. Stay fresh and excited for your winter with this webinar.  Topics include overcoming a “slump,” keep learning, visit another school, have hobbies, do something different, and take vacations!

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Paul Weber & Matt Hahn- Managing Demand in A Class

Watch Now! Navigate the tricky waters of WGI A Class with confidence! Success in percussion A Class often comes down to programming the right skills for your students.   Because of limited rehearsal time and the need to allocate significant time to training your A Class students, each skill that you program into your show requires a substantial investment of your time.  This video  will help you decide which skills to teach your students and how to program them into your show to maximize your rehearsal time and to set your students up for educational and competitive success.

 If you’ve tried reading the sheets, asked questions at circuit meetings, but still have trouble knowing exactly how to define and design class-appropriate material, then we’d love to share exactly how to approach percussion A-Class. You deserve to be set up for success with your group, and Paul Weber & Matt Hahn from Irondale HS will get you there.

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Michael James – Approaching Movement Through Class Standards

Watch Now!  Don’t design your movement without considering the standards of your guard’s class. From new guards to the top of World Class, Michael James clarifies how to approach movement specific to your group’s needs and goals.

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Clif Walker – “Real Ears”

Watch Now!  Clif Walker – “Real Ears”  Designers and instructors are often spoiled and deceived by computer programs/mp3s that tunnel into our ears for months and slowly bias us to what we are REALLY hearing in actual time. We superimpose our idea of what we THINK it should sound like over what it really sounds like. We discuss a few ways to avoid this common trap, including consultants, video feedback, record rehearsal audio, virtual clinics, and bringing in “strangers” with good ears.  

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Cliff Walker is an adjudicator, clinician, arranger, and composer with original works performed at PASIC, The Midwest Band Orchestra Clinic, DCI, WGI and BOA. He was the percussion director and percussion arranger the BOA Grand National Finalist, Blue Springs High School (2011-2015).

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College Football Cheers

Free Access to this video!  Brian Britt of Oklahoma and Brett Bawcum of Georgia talk about the big game, the cheers they played, and how they juggle the many demands and responsibilities when choosing what to play.  They share advice on how to make YOUR group indispensable to your team, your coaches, your school, your fans, and your community!

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Becca Sullens – Critique Etiquette

Watch Now!  Have you ever felt intimidated by critique? Or unsure of how to approach a productive conversation with a judge? Get your guard to the next level by getting the most out of critique. Find out all the “do’s and don’ts” with Becca Sullens.

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Mike Bishop – Fostering Success in Your Front Ensemble

Watch Now!  Imagine having an engaged, successful front ensemble that brings more than their share of performance and execution to your indoor production. Feel confident that your percussionists are the best they can be this season with this webinar from Mike Bishop.  Topics include getting started with electronics, ways to ask for help, getting your students to perform, and changing the perception of your front ensemble within your program.

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Rob Miller – Creating Character-Based Team Cultures

Watch Now!  Most people neglect building the culture, attitudes, and work ethics of their group. Imagine having the group that everyone admires for their character, unity, and teamwork. Plus, think of how that will improve your show! We’ll show you how with Rob Miller from ProActive Coaching.

Rob talks about creating character-based team culture and it’s benefits. Learn how to create dynamics within your team that provide building blocks for future generations of performers, as well as your current students. 

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Derrick Shannon – How to Build a Winter Percussion Program

Watch Now!  Have you felt overwhelmed balancing all the aspects of a successful indoor percussion program? With so many moving parts, it’s destined to happen. Take a step toward clarity and fewer sleepless nights with this webinar from Derrick Shannon.

Derrick Shannon is the Percussion Caption Head for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Rockford, IL.  Derrick has taken a program from A class to having two groups in World class finals in 3 years.  Topics include winning the small battles, creating a smart technique program, teaching personal responsibility, building your staff, and getting staff and student input.

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Tim Fairbanks – Tips and Tricks for Staging Indoor Drumline

WATCH NOW!  Tim Fairbanks is here to guide you as you are planning for your most successful season yet!  Tim is the Director and Visual Designer for Rhythm X and is an internationally in-demand clinician, designer, arranger, and adjudicator.  Tim shares valuable tips and tricks for staging indoor drumline, giving you practical information you can use right now as you are creating your Winter production.  Topics include suggested intervals, creating clarity between sections, step sizes for different classes, how much drill to write for your group, and tricks for getting the most effect from your performers.  Watch an excerpt

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Personal Best

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“Mind Your Own Business!” by focusing on your own group and your own personal performance as an instructor.

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Carrie Short – Clean Your Guard!

Watch Now! Most people hear this phrase and are not sure where to start. Exactly how do I “clean?” In this webinar, Carrie Short shares the methods, means, and strategies to effectively and efficiently improve your guard’s execution.

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Shane Gwaltney & Matt Filosa – Successful Design: Marrying Music and Visual

Watch Now!  Shane Gwaltney & Matt Filosa: Successful Design – Marrying Music and Visual  You have great music ideas, and you have great visual ideas – but you’re stuck. Have you felt this too? We can get you over the hump with how to integrate ideas to complete a total, cohesive design package for your indoor drumline. Shane Gwaltney and Matt Filosa share their knowledge for marrying the varying aspects of your production.

  Shane and Matt are arrangers, composers, designers, and instructors who have worked with Music City Mystique, Phantom Regiment, The Cadets, and many others.  They share concrete, actionable ideas to help you maximize your show, marrying the music and visual to create the most effect possible.  Topics include planning, getting the information needed up front, creating layers in a show, editing, adding sound design, reacting to judge feedback, and engaging your audience with your soundscape.  This webinar was recorded on Monday, January 8, 2018.

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Andy Mroczek: Choreographing Musicality

Watch Now!  Andy Mroczek: Choreographing Musicality. The importance of choreographing musicality within your program is a must! We chat with Andy Mroczek on the how’s and why’s of musicality, the benefits of reading music scores, and different ways to approach equipment choreography.

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Kevin Welborn – Making Music with Indoor Percussion

Watch Now!  Kevin Welborn – Making Music with Indoor Percussion  Imagine if your indoor percussion ensemble played with amazing musicality!  Kevin Welborn will share tips on achieving balance, blend, and contrast.  Topics include studying and marking the score, relative dynamics, achieving clarity, and the benefit of turning your back on your group.

Kevin is Director of Bands at Clinton High School in Clinton, Mississippi.  He has grown the Clinton Percussion to national recognition, winning the Silver Medal in 2013 in WGI Scholastic A, The Gold Medal in 2014 in WGI Open Class, and was a 10th place finalist in 2015 in WGI World Class.

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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.

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Brian Dutton: How To Teach Recovery

WATCH NOW!  Brian Dutton, color guard director at Bentonville High School in Arkansas, talks about how he teaches students the importance and art of recovery.  Enter the floor with confidence knowing that your students understand this important skill!  We show you how!  Topics include Allowing Recovery to Happen, Working with Different Types of Learners, Teaching the TEAM Response, and Different Ways of Teaching Recovery. Watch an Excerpt.

 

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

Watch Now!   Improve your group’s soundtrack and take the floor with confidence! We guide you through the process of designing a great soundtrack for your group!  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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Greg Lagola – Choosing a Uniform from a Catalog

WATCH NOW!  Start your season knowing your group will look amazing!  We show you how. 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?  Topics include how to make all body types look great, deciding how much to spend (or where to spend your dollars for most impact,) including male members effectively, and how to navigate the choices in a catalog to find the right design for your needs.

 

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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

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.”  

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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.  

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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

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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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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.

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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!  

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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. 

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.   

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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.

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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.

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