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Marching Arts Education

Welcome to Marching Arts Education. This website features videos, live webinars, online courses, and virtual clinics from top Marching Arts Professionals. Our goal is to help everyone be more successful and take their skills and their groups to the next level.

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Advice for the First Contest

Free Access! Have your best first show ever!  We help you be prepared and optimize your last rehearsals for greatest success!  Tim Hinton shares advice you can use today to prepare for your first show.

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Marching Health Dynamic Warmup 1

Free Webinar!  Access Now!  Train Smarter.  Avoid Injury.  Perform Better.  This is the mission of Dr. Elliot Cleveland, a Doctor of Physical Therapy who shares practical warmups in this video that you can use with your group today.  Dynamic warmups, as opposed to traditional static stretching, have proven to help students avoid injury and move better.

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DCI Drum Major

Watch Now!  Free Access!!  Dan Farrell & CJ Garcia.  How to prepare to audition as drum major for a DCI corps!  We tell you everything you need to know.  Dan spent many years auditioning those many amazing conductors at the Phantom Regiment and CJ was drum major and has auditioned others at Blue Knights.

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DCI Design Staff Interviews

Watch Now!  Free Access!  Designers from top DCI Corps share their process as you learn more about the shows and how they were created.  Make your own design team more effective!

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Drill Writers August 2018

Watch now! Free Access!  Bob Buckner & Mark Waymire.  These two amazingly successful drill writers and educators share the secrets to having a long and successful career. Topics include how to be professional in your work and career, advice for young writers about creating flow, how to tell people their ideas won’t work, and advice about dealing with rewrites.

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Finale Experts

Ask the Finale Experts

Watch Now!  Free Access!  Mark Adler and CJ Garcia from Finale answer questions and demonstrate their answers live!  Get helpful tips and techniques to make your work more efficient and enjoyable!  Topics include creating templates, numbering measures, issues with playback, and a multitude of helpful demonstrations!

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Matt Harloff

Watch Now!  Free Access!  Matt Harloff, the Brass Caption Supervisor for Carolina Crown talks about his work with the corps this summer!  He also discusses his coursework and new method book.  Topics include improving endurance, teaching multiple tonguing, improving the upper register, creating a “detail oriented” culture, and info about that amazing all-female horn moment in the Crown ballad!

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Richard Saucedo and Greg Bimm

Watch Now!  Richard Saucedo & Greg Bimm share secrets and tools to help you be more creative and productive. 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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Michael Cesario and Mark Miller

Watch Now!  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!

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Ask the Pyware Expert

Watch Now!  Free Access!  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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Drill Writers Design Forum

Watch Now!  Free Access!  Jamey Thompson and Mitch Rogers have written great drill at the highest level! 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.

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Music Arrangers Design Forum

Watch Now!  Jay Bocook, Michael Klesch, and Daniel Montoya, Jr. share great advice including 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.

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Drill Writers Design Forum

Watch Now! Michael Gaines, Jeff Sacktig, & Leon May share secrets and tools that make them more creative and productive.  They answer questions about Pyware, dealing with unrealistic requests or demands, business procedures, guard transitions, and where they find inspiration.

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Daniel Montoya, Jr.

Watch Now!  Daniel 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.

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Steve Mason

Watch Now!  WGI Winds is tailor-made for smaller groups! Steve Mason guides you through effective strategies on how to set your students up for success in the Winds format.  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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Wayne Markworth

Watch Now!  Let WGI Winds Director Wayne Markworth guide you through applying your scholastic band knowledge to the indoor arena. For experienced and new directors alike.  Topics include the importance of balance, don’t over-play, and delineation of style.

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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.  Topics include using technology smartly when designing, and great tools you can use in rehearsals and with students.

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Andrew Markworth

Watch Now! 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. Topics include equipment needed, the process of creating the track, and balancing the track throughout the season.

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Staying Motivated

Watch Now! 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. Topics include overcoming a “slump,” keep learning, visit another school, do something different, hobbies, and vacations!

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winds bundle

Save 50%! Get access to six webinars with Matt Harloff, Andrew Warkworth, Michael Klesch, Wayne Warkworth, Steve Mason, & Daniel Montoya, Jr.  Watch live and ask questions or watch later at your convenience.

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SASI: Selecting Your Student Leadership Team

Free Access!  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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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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Percussion 2018 Winter Bundle

Save over 50%!  Get access to the six Winter 2018 Percussion webinars for one low price.  Webinars with Shane Gwaltney, Matt Filosa, Kevin Welborn, Derrick Shannon, Mike Bishop, Clif Walker, Paul Weber, and Matt Hahn.

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Paul Weber and Matt Hahn

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. 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.

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Clif Walker

Watch Now!  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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Mike Bishop

Watch Now! Imagine having an engaged, successful front ensemble that brings more than their share of performance and execution to your indoor production. 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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Personal Best

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

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Derrick Shannon

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.

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Kevin Welborn

Watch Now! It’s not just drums in a gym! But creating a musical ensemble with indoor percussion can be tough if you’re not sure where to start. Don’t let this happen to you! In this webinar, Kevin Welborn breaks down all the ingredients to write and perform with musicality, even in a gym.

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Shane and Matt

Watch Now! 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.

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Staging Indoor Drumline

WATCH NOW!  Have your most successful season ever!  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.

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Choosing a Uniform

WATCH NOW!  Start your season knowing your group will look amazing!  We show you how. Designer Greg Lagola shares advice on how to make all body types look great, deciding how much to spend, 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!   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!

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Virtual Clinics webinar

Free Access!  Matt Harloff joins Courtney and Tim to discuss the new Virtual Clinics now available.  You can have a Marching Arts Education expert give you direct and actionable feedback about YOUR show and YOUR group! It’s as easy as sharing a video!

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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.

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Make the Learning Process More Efficient

WATCH NOW!  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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Ron Hardin - Visual priorities once school begins

Watch Now!  Ron Hardin, the Visual Caption Supervisor for Carolina Crown, talks 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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DCI 2017 Design Staff Interviews

Free Access to these videos!  Exclusive Interviews with members of the Design Staff from the Blue Devils, Santa Clara Vanguard, Carolina Crown, Bluecoats, Boston Crusaders and The Cadets.  These experts in the marching arts explain their 2017 shows, why choices were made, and take you behind the scenes in their design process!

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The Crown Sound - Matt Harloff

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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Pre-Season Training: The Season Begins

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.

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FULL VOLUME - Matt Harloff

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.

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Scott Chandler - Make It All About The Show

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.

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Greg Lagola and Carol Abahatab

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.

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SHOW EXERCISES - Matt Harloff

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.

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Carol Dweck: The Growth Mindset

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!

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Tuning - Just Intonation - Matt Harloff

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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CIRCLE DRILL - Spring Training- Matt Harloff

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.

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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.

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The Method of Release - Matt Harloff

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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Building Relationships - Ralph Reiff and Matt Harloff

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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Athletic Training - Ralph Reiff and Matt Harloff

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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Inside the Circle: How It All Starts

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.

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Playing in Plie by Matt Harloff

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.

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Across The Floors by Matt Harloff

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

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.

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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.

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