Marching Arts Education
Welcome to Marching Arts Education. This website will feature videos, webinars, online courses, and resources from top pageantry experts in the marching arts. Find out how you can share your expertise on this site. Our goal is to help everyone be more successful and take their skills and their groups to the next level.
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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.
Free Access to this video! Keith Potter of the Boston Crusaders Design Team talks about the creation of “Wicked Games.”
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.
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!
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.
Free Access to this video! Scott Chandler, the Program Coordinator and Choreographer of the Blue Devils, 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.
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.
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. Learn exercises that can help your students expand your dynamics.
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.” Learn how to interact with your students in the most productive way, getting more out of rehearsals and building more independent learners. Take your group to the next level!
WATCH NOW! Three MUST SEE educational videos!!!! Unique Skill Sets / Daily Chores / Rhythm – Style. 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. Each video also available individually.
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.
Welcome to part 1 of a progressive series from Inside the CrownBRASS circle. 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. Watch CrownBRASS in rehearsal all season and see the progress from spring training throughout the year and into finals week.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
WATCH NOW! 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.
WATCH NOW! 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.
WATCH NOW! One of the most important parts to building a successful marching program happens BEFORE you play the first note. Join Michael Klesch and Matt Harloff as they not only look back at the very beginning of CrownBRASS, but also the importance os starting out each and every marching season. Learn the Klesch/Harloff methods to attention to detail that can help your students raise their level of expectation that can transfer to the marching field.
WATCH NOW! Scott Chandler, the program coordinator and choreographer for The Blue Devils, shares his expertise with us, focusing on how we should make it all about the show (and not ourselves!). Topics discussed will come from his book, “FWD March,” which is also being used to produce a new course coming later this year.
WATCH NOW! 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.
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.
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. 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.
Keep your students safe, your program safe, and your instructors safe! 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. The course was created with Shelba Waldron, a mental health and youth development specialist, and with participation by experts in all the fields discussed.
The program coordinator and choreographer for the Blue Devils shares his expertise with you in an online course that will benefit designers, directors, instructors, and directors. As one of the marching arts’ most successful designers and creative minds, Scott shares detailed information YOU can use, illustrating his points with fascinating behind-the-scenes stories from his career. We use Scott’s amazing book, “FWD March,” as the template for this discussion.
Great advice from top designers about the lessons learned when shows are not as successful as expected. We often make the most progress when things don’t go as planned and we re-evaluate our process and decisions.
A series of webinars from some of the top drill designers in our activity.
Watch for an ongoing series of webinars and video content from top experts in the marching arts, including Michael Gaines, Ron Hardin, and many more!