Author Archives: Danielle Lavrenz

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spotlight Series: On the Subject of Safety

A year has passed since the marching arts was thrust into a rediscovery of their identity surrounding the subject of student safety. As educators, we hope that what surfaced last summer wasn’t the result of actions committed by our friends, our colleagues, our mentors. And the truth of that matter is that all sports, activities, […]

8 Steps to Designing Wow Worthy Flags

You’ve been waiting long enough! Waiting on designers to resubmit proofs. Sending those proofs to the team for their feedback. Trying to explain that specific shade of blue, or just the angle the image should sit on. Dealing with team members that wait until the last minute to tell you want they want. It takes […]

Mickey’s Favorite Band

Pennsbury, PA – There are few high school bands who can claim they have performed on 5 different continents, paraded through every Walt Disney theme park, marched the Rose Parade, and been titled as one of NAMM’s Best Communities for Music Education…for 10 years in a row. Pennsbury High School Marching Band is the exception […]

7 Things Every Guard Person does without Thinking about It.

Like dancers, band kids, and really any other activity, there are certain quirks that every color guard member subconsciously does. Whether it is compiling a mental list of every “real life” story involving color guard, or training their non-guard friends to walk in step with them, guard folks have a unique MO. We’ve compiled a […]

“We are all band kids.”

Greendale offered a bear to the student affected by the accident. The bear is still with her as she recovers.   Greendale, WI – “Marching band is about so much more than what happens between the goal lines on Friday nights and weekends” read the Facebook post of the Greendale HS Band this last September. […]