Marching Arts Education
Welcome to Marching Arts Education. This website will feature videos, webinars, online courses, and resources from top Marching Arts Professionals. 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Free Access to this Video! “Mind Your Own Business!” by focusing on your own group and your own personal performance as an instructor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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! 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! 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.
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!
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.
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! 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! 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!