Tag Archives: MFA

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 […]

Winter is Coming

It’s October! State band competitions, 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 makes an appearance in the hands […]

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 […]

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, […]

Marching in Style: The 2019 DSI Footwear Line

Shopping for shoes is a tedious undertaking when you’re in the market for just the right pair. And in the marching industry, there are so many considerations when choosing the marching shoe that will be right for a number of “someone elses.” Picking shoes that will work for your students (that’s who will have to […]

Selecting the Perfect Rifle

Choosing a rifle that compliments the age, experience, and size of your colorguard can be complicated business. Where do you start? What options are available? What if your group has a unique variety of spinners? What if the school board doesn’t approve of the equipment? When I first began spinning rifle I was in 7th […]