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Santa Clara Vanguard on Building “Babylon”

By |August 4th, 2018|Categories: Courses, Free, Marching Arts Education|

Watch Now!  Free Access!   Michael Gaines (Artistic Director / Drill Writer), Michael Rosales (Choreographer), Andy Toth (Visual Coordinator) and Scott Koter (Program Coordinator) give us inside information about how they put this amazing show together.  Hear about how intricate the design was for the use of the props, the dense close feel of the drill within this “cityscape” and the challenges that presented, the huge variety of elaborate choreography within that staging to tell the story, how they matched the movement to each individual performer, and how everything in the visual program has a specific purpose for the story they are telling.

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Designing the Bluecoats Uniforms

By |August 12th, 2018|Categories: Courses, Free, Marching Arts Education|

Watch Now!  Free Access!   Greg Lagola takes us into the design process of creating 150 different looks for the 2018 Bluecoats corps and guard members.  Careful choices of colors, patterns, and design made this special production a success.  There’s great advice here that YOU and your staff can use when making choices for your own shows!  Recorded live in Indy on August 10, 2018.

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Bluecoats on the Look of “Session 44”

By |August 6th, 2018|Categories: Courses, Free, Marching Arts Education|

Watch Now!  Free Access!   Jon Vanderkolff & Michael Raiford give us inside information on why this show seems so honest and authentic.  We hear about the design process that led to the chairs, the 150 different costumes used, the color choices, the use of the singer, the front ensemble’s look and placement, and how all of these choices were driven by the show concept.  (Did you notice the singer never touches the ground?  All the purple in the show?  Tons of great insider info!)

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The Cavaliers Bring “Madness and Creativity”

By |August 3rd, 2018|Categories: Courses, Free, Marching Arts Education|

Watch Now!  Free Access!   Daniel Wiles and Richard Hinshaw discuss this show about letting your inner creativity shine through, the complexities of the musical book, why the corps looks so great in those hats, and they share tips on their great success at guard and prop integration.

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Mandarins Take Us To “Life Rite After”

By |August 2nd, 2018|Categories: Courses, Free, Marching Arts Education|

Watch Now!  Free Access!   Key Poulan, Mario Ramirez, Ike Jackson, and JW Koester talk about the creation of this popular show.  They share inside information about the creation of the show concept, the music which tells the story, the giant rotating stage, the elaborate costuming, the stilts, and those light up rifles!

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Boston Sends Out An “SOS”

By |August 1st, 2018|Categories: Courses, Free, Marching Arts Education|

Watch Now!  Free Access!   Keith Potter, the Artistic Director for the Boston Crusaders, shares information to help you enjoy their show even more!  He discusses the origin of the show concept, the hard work to create the props and environment to capture the right look and mood, and how the idea of “lost and found” became this thrilling production.  Plus, learn about the new ending and the challenge to make it work correctly.

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Blue Devils Bring “Nighthawks” To Life

By |August 1st, 2018|Categories: Courses, Free, Marching Arts Education|

Watch Now!  Free Access!   Scott Chandler, the Program Coordinator and Choreographer for the Blue Devils, shares inside information into the creation of “Dreams and Nighthawks.”  He discusses how the show deconstructs the painting and then puts it together during the show, how this informs the deconstructed costumes, how the time period of the show lends itself to classic Blue Devils jazz sounds, and how the variety of music gives something for every audience member to enjoy and relate to.

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Carolina Crown: Creating “Beast”

By |July 30th, 2018|Categories: Courses, Free, Marching Arts Education|

Watch Now!  Free Access!   Rick Subel and David Starnes discuss the design process of creating “Beast.”  How music, visual, and primal energy combine to showcase the real beasts, the corps members themselves!  Hear about the costumes, the props, the music choices, that gorgeous ballad featuring the female hornlike members, and all the concepts that make this show so effective!

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The Cadets “Unity Project”

By |July 30th, 2018|Categories: Courses, Free, Marching Arts Education|

Watch Now!  Free Access!  Drew Shanefield, the artistic director and brass designer for The Cadets, talks about this year’s show and the special challenges the corps faced this season.  Topics include how the show “feels like the Cadets,” the costume, the show concept, changes made just before the season, the use of the singers in a new way, and how the props are used as part of the show concept.

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Ask The Finale Expert- July 2018

By |June 7th, 2018|Categories: Courses, Marching Arts Education|

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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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