‘The System’ is ideal marching band text

When teaching or coaching any activity, proper resource selection is crucial. For marching band, no resource is as thorough than “The System” by Gary Smith. Recently, I received a copy of Gary Smith’s The System in exchange for writing this review.  The opinions expressed are my own. When you wish to perform well in your craft, you …

Marching season is over. Now what?

With the calendar changing to November, marching band season in most schools is over. So, now what do you do? Here are four things directors should do once the season is over. It is November. High school football is over for most states, except for playoffs. Marching band state championships are completed, leaving Bands of …

The purpose of college marching bands

It is college football season, and nothing adds to the atmosphere like marching bands. But, bands are more than crowd entertainment.  Turn on any college football game on a Saturday afternoon and you will hear the sounds of marching bands filling the air. These bands are filled with young students that participate for various reasons. …

Which is more important? The score or the score?

Marching band contest season is upon us. Bands from all over the country will travel to festivals or contest and compete against other schools. Judges will provide feedback and (hopefully) thoughts on how the ensemble can improve. Trophies or plaques are handed out and parents will cheer. Some students will be disappointed in the “opinions” …

The FFFF’s of Band Camp

We have reached the middle of July, and that means band camps are starting around the country. Break out the sunscreen, ear plugs, and Gold Bond! While band camp is crucial to the overall performance success of any ensemble, it is important to remember some fact that lay the foundation during this time. Fundamentals Band camp …