Band Camp: A Crash Course in Life Skills

| August 15, 2013

Band CampFor some, band camp has concluded and the school year is underway;  for others, camp is in full swing, complete with marching and maneuvering basics, sectional rehearsals, and color guard catches.  The tail end of summer is an intense time…

Qualities That Make a Great Student Leader in a Marching Ensemble – Part 3

| September 28, 2012

Over the past few posts, we have been discussing the qualities that define an excellent student leader.  The first two traits this three-part series has explored are a student’s attitude of service and his or her commitment to excellence.  A…

Qualities That Make a Great Student Leader in a Marching Ensemble – Part 2

| September 13, 2012

In Part I, we explored the undeniable tie between a student leader’s attitude of service and the ensemble’s willingness to follow a leader who exhibits this indispensible trait.  While foundational, attitude only goes so far, however.  The desire to serve must…

Qualities That Make a Great Student Leader in a Marching Ensemble – Part 1

| August 30, 2012

With marching band season gearing up once again, directors find themselves looking to their flock of students in search of that indispensible percentage that will prove themselves leaders.  Many students are gregarious.  Some are popular.  But only a select few…