Matt Harloff 2017-10-02T14:19:34+00:00

Matt Harloff

Matt Harloff Breathing Techniques for Band Marching Arts Education

After graduating from Indiana University in 1996 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, Matt Harloff was appointed the Assistant Band Director for the Avon Band Department in Avon, Indiana. He earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Indianapolis in 2001.

Matt is the assistant director for all five concert bands at the Avon High School. The Avon High School Wind Symphony has had the honor of performing at the Indiana State Concert Band Championships and has been awarded the Indiana State School Music Association Concert Band State Championship 3 times. Mr. Harloff is the director of the Avon HS Brass Choir who was a performing ensemble at the 2015 Midwest Band & Orchestra Convention. Mr. Harloff is the assistant director to The Avon Marching Black & Gold where the group has won 13 state championships, has been a consistent Bands of America Grand National Finalist and won the Bands of America Grand National Championship 3 times.

In 2003, Matt joined Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps as the Brass Caption Head. Matt, with the support of management, a committed staff and talented members, has built the Crown Brass to be one of the elite programs in the country. The Carolina Crown Brass Section has won the Jim Ott Memorial Award for Excellence in Brass 5 times. Carolina Crown is a consistent Drum Corps International World Class Finalist and celebrated their first ever DCI World Class World Championship in the summer of 2013. Matt was a performing member of the DCI World Champion Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps from 1989-1995. Matt severed as the drum major in 1993.

Matt & Ben Harloff have joined DCI Hall of Fame Member Michael Klesch to create Inside the Circle. Inside the Circle is committed to giving back to countless music educators and their students with helpful materials, music, arrangements, and much, much more. Matt & Ben are coauthors of 2 books from their “Inside the Circle” Series: Inside the Circle: A Proven Method for a Successful Marching Band and Inside the Circle: Off-Season Training. Both books have been overwhelmingly successful and have helped countless directors and students. You can Inside the Circle on social media as well as their web site: www.insidethecircle.band.

Matt Harloff is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Matt is a native of Mt. Pleasant Iowa, and very proud of his musical family. His father, Bill is a retired band director and his brother Ben is a band director in Minnesota. Matt’s most important job is helping raise his two beautiful children, Tyson and Shaelyn. Matt is married to his wonderful wife Susie, who shares his passion for the happiest place on earth: Walt Disney World.

Virtual Clinic Matt Harloff

Get direct and actionable feedback from Matt Harloff! Share a video of a show performance, brass rehearsal, warm-up, or anything else that you want to receive actionable feedback on or improve. Matt will watch the video and create an audio recording of his feedback, reacting in real time. Unlike a judge’s tape, he can stop your video to take time to explain an idea fully, even rewinding to watch something again and give you the full benefit of his expertise.  Sign up for 1, 2, or 3 interactions, all within the same performance season.  You’ll receive feedback within 48 hours!

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The Matt Harloff Collection

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! 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 Crown Sound

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.  Topics include teaching kids to relax, “It takes time,” embouchure issues, dealing with heroes, tuning, and exercises to improve tone quality with your students.

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Full Volume

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.  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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Tuning - Just Intonation

Tuning any fundamental pitch is one thing, but tuning intervals and chords are a completely different thing.  Check out this MUST SEE educational video for all marching arts directors & staff. 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.  Explanations & demonstrations are taken from the Marching Band method book: Inside the Circle: A Proven Method for a Successful Marching Band written by Matt & Ben Harloff.

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Circle Drill - Spring Training - Matt Harloff

Welcome to part 1 of a progressive series from Inside the CrownBRASS circle.  The intention of these videos is to show progress throughout a season not from the performance but from rehearsals.  These videos will give you access to rehearsals from the beginning of the season as well as middle and end of the season.  If you are NOT familiar with the exercise Circle Drill, these videos are for you.  Watch CrownBRASS in rehearsal all season and see the progress from spring training throughout the year and into finals week.  Learn from the CrownBRASS staff, receive explanations taken straight from the marching band methods book: Inside the Circle: A Proven Method for a Successful Marching Band. 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

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 the CrownBRASS staff, receive explanations taken straight from the marching band methods book: Inside the Circle: A Proven Method for a Successful Marching Band written by Matt & Ben Harloff.   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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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.  You will not want to miss all videos on the Marching Arts Education web site called SHOW EXERCISES because it develops show music skills during your warm up.  Watch CrownBRASS use this idea & learn how they achieve the musical clarity they are known for.  Learn from the CrownBRASS staff & receive explanations taken straight from the marching band methods book: Inside the Circle: A Proven Method for a Successful Marching Band written by Matt & Ben Harloff.   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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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.  Some may say that working with different types of people in different situations is the most challenging part of the job … yet arguably is the most important.  We invite you to watch our conversation 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.  We invite you to watch our conversation with Ralph Reiff, executive director of the St Vincent Sports Performance Center as well as an athletic trainer Hall of Fame member talk about great ideas and thoughts about training your students.

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Inside the Circle: How It All Starts

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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Breathing Techniques for Band by Matt Harloff

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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Across The Floors by Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW!  One of the most popular exercises used by color guards or dance ensembles is the Across the Floors exercise. There might be hundreds of reasons why this exercise is so beneficial, however the most important could be the fact that students can watch and learn by observing each other AND because this exercise breaks the group into smaller groups, the instructor is set up to provide better individual feedback. Better Sounds Across the Floor 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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Playing in Plie by 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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