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These are fun when you're getting pumped up for a show; or when you're having down time and you just want to have some fun!
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This is my fav:
Lean to the left Lean to the right Peel your banana and UH take a bite
Strawberry shortcake, banana split
We think your guard/band/team plays like
Shift to the left Shift to the right
Peel your banana and UH take a bite!

BASICS: Marching Fundamentals

Read some schools'/organizations guidelines for marching fundamentals: (pages 8-10)

Which Marching Band Geek are You?

Take this quiz and find out!

My #1 was Drumline. I wasn't on the drumline, but you woulda thought I was b'c I was chasing thos boys!
My #2 was Colorguard. YEP! That's it! Like, duh!
My #3 was trumpet. Yep! Well, I quit brass to be on the Colorguard!
My #4 was Drum Major. Well, you woulda though I was DM by the way I ordered people around!

Tips for Band Camp

What to bring tp band camp (stars mean these are MUSTS):

  • Sunscreen **** - Don't think you can go without it, and don't think your not going to get a tan if you use it. Trust me, I've gone through all the little comments like "Who smells like coconuts?" or "Who's wearing sunscreen?" But in the end run, you'll be the one smiling because your most likley not going to get SKIN CANCER which is a very serious issue, and you won't have to deal with peeling and being red all over. Slop on the regular liquid sunscreen before camp, bring that, and then bring some spray kind at band camp to reapply during breaks.

  • Sunglasses * - Although you may not be able to wear it all throughout the day, like say when your doing jumping jacks or stretches, they come in handy when having to do attentions while staring in the sun, (even closing your eyes is just as bad) and you might lessen your risk of having eye problems later down the road.

  • Water, Gatorade, and no COKES! **** - Stock up on a lot of this. It's a good idea to bring a mini cooler to stock all your fluids in. Yes, the band staff does supply gatorade and water, but usually there are extra long lines and somtimes you don't have the patience to wait.

  • Hats and Visors * - These are not musts, because sometimes hats can get annoying when doing flag work. but it is a very good idea to bring one at all times. You can get a serious sunburn on your scalp if you have a short hair cut, but sun can penetrate through anything. Girls: if you are growing out your bangs and your hair has a tendency to fall down in a split on your scalp, you need to wear a hat. I've had sunburns on my scalp way too many times than i can say since i grew out my own. This also goes if you decide to put your hair in braids, or pigtails.. but it's best to just wear a pony tail!

  • Ankle socks - This isn't our top priority, but if you are big on not having tan lines and such, this is a good thing to buy before you leave. Plus it's just less hot cotton on your body!
  • Sneakers/ Tennis shoes **** - Never wear sandals or flip flops. You'll get chewed out by your band director and you'll also get either bit by ants, get severe muscle cramps from trying to march heel to toe, and soe on. So wear your sneakers!

Tips for MakeUp

Everyone has their own taste in show makeup. Some guards go for a dramatic look, while others go for a cheerful one. Whichever one you choose, make sure you tell your girls how to do it right.

~ Here are some tips on how to get successful uniformity. ~

  • Tell your guard what brand to use, what exact number/color it comes in and anything else that will help them find the correct thing. If you tell them to just buy silver eye shadow, some might buy sheer and others might buy the glittery sparkle kind. Make it clear to them so everyone looks the same.

  • Try and find colors that go well with everyones skin tone. If you can, just ask someone you personally know that is good with makeup, or ask one of the people that works in the cosmetic department. Explain how many different skin tones you are working with, what your wearing, and any other tad bits. This way you won't have to spend tons of money on trying out different eyeshadows and lipsticks.

  • Give your girls a printed list of what is needed along with the price, and where you might find it. This will ease the confusion.

  • If you have problems with your guard smiling, bring the petroleum jelly and some q-tips. Make everyone smear it on their teeth on the day of competition. On regular football games you don't need to, unless your Games are just for fun!

  • Make it clear what your guard's rules are on show makeup. Most don't allow earrings, scrunchis, or nailpolish unless everyone else wears the same thing.

  • Make a guard box as told on silk online!) fill the "makeup department" of it with extra pony tail holders, clips, bobby pins, eyelash glue (if you use it for rhinestones) or clear nail polish, finger nail clippers, hairspray, mirrors, and anything else you can think of. If someone is missing something, they can find it right there. Try and put it in a spot where everyone can find it, like the flag room. (It might be a good idea to put advil in there, and other girl products!)

  • If you want to have fun, get some friends together to pitch in with the price and all of you can make something the whole guard can use, like personalized makeup bags, boxes.. whatever you can think of. Handmade things are always cherished!

Tips for Newbies

Basic tips:
  • When doing your speedspins, do you find your self going faster/slower than everyone else, or do you just end up on the wrong side of your body when everyone stops? When you're counting, try landing the silk of the flag on the right side of your body on counts 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, and so on. Just keep adding 4 and this should help you. The same principle works when you are doing left handed speed spins, except you land on the left side of your body on these counts.

  • Practice your drop spins against a wall. This will help you from going all over the place with your flag. If your hitting the wall a lot, you are not keeping you flag straight when you spin it. Try going slower and eventually you'll get better and be able to perform better at group-practices.
  • Another fun way to practice your drop spins is by laying down on the ground. This also helps you from moving your flag too much. Plus you have a reason, so you won't get hit in the face. Keep the flag away from your body, and if you feel any bit weak, stop spinning so you don't loose your grip and whop your self one!
  • When doing figure 8's/stirs/betty crockers be sure to keep your arms straight in front of you, not bended at all. This will make the flag work look more sharp when done in a group, and it has a very nice effect.

  • Whenever at a right or left slam, make sure your arm is making a big triangle. Someone should be able to see through your arms.

  • Don't move your elbows all over when doing any kind of spin. These are called "chicken arms."You can control this by pushing your flag a little farther away from your body. I still have trouble with this my self, but remember "It's all in the wrists!" The same goes for rifles and sabres. Even though I don't spin them, a guy that is on it told me to control your elbows and you will be able to do your spins faster.
  • When doing your drop spins, do not spin near your chest. We're not about to fly off anywhere, so lower your flag to your belly button. A lot of people have trouble with this.

  • Whenever you toss your flag in the air, be sure to put your free hand straight at your side. This is the hand that isn't catching the flag immediatly. If you don't do this, you have what you call a limp hand. Your so busy focusing on catching the toss, that you loose all thinking of where your hand is going to be. So sometimes they are all bent and just dangling there, when you don't even notice it. Remember this also when you are doing arm extensions/ when your flag goes behind your back and then back into the front again.

  • It's a good idea to stretch whenever you know your about to do a lot of flag work. Stretch so that you don't cramp and lose grip of your pole.

  • When you are at right shoulder, your flag should be straight in front of your nose. Usually you can tell if your flag is tilted when you focus on it in front of you.

  • When doing drop spins in lines, look at the persons stopper/end of their pole instead of the silk of the flag. Your stopper should follow their stopper.

BASICS: Feet Positions

I found this site illustrating the ballet feet positions (arms are also on this site):

First Position.
Heels together, toes point outward.

Second Position.
Same as first, feet shoulder width apart.

Third Position.
Opposite heel in opposite arch.

Fourth Position.
Opposite heel to opposite toe.

Fifth Position.
Same as fourth with front leg extended further.