All posts by Danielle Lavrenz

Winter is Coming

It’s the end of October! State band competitions have concluded and the end of high school football and the middle of college gameday are upon us! With BOA Grand Nationals only 3 weeks away, schools are pushing through the end of the season with drive and intensity! As the sun sets earlier and pumpkin spice […]

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Spotlight Series: The Golden Band from Tigerland

Meet the Band. When it comes to upholding tradition, The LSU Tiger Band is second to none. Throughout its evolution, this 125+ year old band has upheld a standard of excellence and a passion for their fans. Taking root as an 11 member military cadet band begun by 2 students, the Golden Band from Tigerland has […]

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All In This Together

On August 3, 2019, the city of El Paso, Texas lived the horror that towns across America pray will never befall them. The El Paso shooting, purportedly a hate crime targeting diverse ethnicities, claimed the lives of 22 individuals and wounded a number more. For such a tight-knit community, this tragedy was felt by all. […]

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6 Things to Know about Prop Safety!

“Artistically phenomenal” is one way to describe modern competitive marching arts. As designers explore the limits more and more on costuming, visual design, and music selection, the students are being asked to perform at at higher level. Brass lines are dancing. Color guards are showcasing gymnastic finesse. Front ensembles are becoming more expressive. Football fields […]

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Let’s Talk About Heat

It’s Texas Tour week! The first week of #DCI2019 in which all the tops corps finally gather together. This Saturday, corps will gather for the first of 4 regionals leading up to the 2019 Drum Corps International World Championships. They’ve caravanned across the country, worked tirelessly since May to create their product, and now, the […]

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Spotlight Series: At the Heart of What We Do

With the #DCI2019 season halfway through, corps are beginning to head south for the DCI Southwestern Championship in San Antonio, TX. Simultaneously, high school bands across the nation are gearing up for band camp. The weather will be hot, the air may be humid, and extreme weather conditions are all but guaranteed. Throughout the start […]

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Spotlight Series: A Habit of Empowerment

Achieving goals and establishing a culture that empowers all individuals takes a shared understanding of an organization’s philosophy and vision. It is developing leaders whether they carry a title or not. Creating a shared understanding is essential to the success of any group, and buy in can only happen when members know they serve a […]

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Spotlight Series: An Army of Experts Behind Them

We all know the common phrase, “it takes a village to raise a kid.” In part, this is absolutely true. The company with which we surround our children impacts their lives greatly. As educators, we want our students to be impacted positively by their learning “village.” This means surrounding them with mentors to guide them […]

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Spotlight Series: Blue Knights Focus on “Safety Above All Else”

DCI 2019 welcomes in a new era of much anticipated initiative focused on heightening the ultimate student experience. In January of the new year, DCI held its annual meeting surrounding a theme of student health, wellness, and safety “across the organization.” Drum corps directors across the board were present to learn, discuss, and gear up […]

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Spotlight Series: Drum Corps International Raises the Bar on Student Safety Standards

DCI 2019 continues its on-going focus on heightening the ultimate student experience in drum corps and putting safety and well-being at the forefront of every aspect of the organization. In January, DCI held its annual meeting highlighting a theme of student health, wellness, and safety throughout the DCI community. More than 350 leaders from across […]

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