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Welcome to Band.

What makes a marching band thrive? What makes them play louder, march better, spin cleaner, smile wider? It’s Tradition.It’s the laughs that make up the walks to and from a rehearsal. It’s the show hype that rallies a section before entering the field. It’s the senior speeches, group runs, theme days, pep rallies, parades through the […]

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Spotlight on Leadership: At the Helm of Game Day

Culture is the way we do things around here. It supplies drive to achieve excellence and encourages leaders to develop, not for themselves, but for those around them. As a director at the helm of the nation’s oldest college band program, Barry Houser of the Marching Illini knows a bit about leadership. For 152 seasons, […]

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2020 WGI & DSI Guard Room Makeover

It’s that time of year again! This year, WGI and DSI are proud to team up once more to offer the Ultimate DSI Guard Room Makeover! To be announced during the 2020 WGI finals retreat at UD Arena in Dayton, OH, three lucky groups will win:24 Aluminum Flag Poles48 Flag Pole Weight Anchors48 Rubber Pole Caps24 […]

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Gratitude & BOA 2019

The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us! Some programs have hung up their shakos for the year, others are preparing to march in local and national parades, some are pulling out the pep band folders and hosting winterguard auditions, others are preparing for the concert season. We understand that the grind never slows! But in the […]

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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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