Now that your drum majors have a camp or two under their belts and all of the icebreakers are done, the real work of juggling classes and rehearsal begins. While every organization runs differently and each of us has a unique idea of what is expected from our student leaders, here are some ideas for how you can help your drum majors prepare for the competition season ahead.
Want to write out a short pop melody for your marching or pep band? Own Finale, but still not sure how to get started? The right Finale template can really make a difference, saving you a lot of time in formatting parts. Especially if you haven’t fully explored Finale’s Linked Parts yet, you might be amazed at how quickly you can create some great-looking marching band charts – with parts in the appropriate flip chart size, too.
As a former drum major of the Blue Knights and an instructor for multiple Colorado marching bands, I have seen my fair share of the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to summer marching band camps. As we begin the season, I’d like to share three tips I’ve found helpful from my perspective as both a member and an instructor.