- We have our show concept and initial rough drafts of scores.
- We have a solid understanding of our band’s performance strengths and weaknesses.
- We know that our band wants to make its color guard a more integral part of its visual package.
- We know that our band enjoys high energy, accessible music that will engage both the students and the audience.
- We know that our band desires to be successful during its limited competition schedule.
- Linear – straight line patterns either in verticals, laterals or diagonals.
2. Curvilinear – Curvilinear patterns are combinations of arcs (parts of circles) or curves (parts of ovals).
3.Single Line Manipulation – Single Line drill puts elements into a single line that is flexed and pulled to create patterns. The Cadets are best
known for using this single line drill for their trademark “whiplash” movements.
4. Follow the Leader – pulling elements around an established form from a single dot.
5. Arcs – Using parts of circles.
6. Mass form (blob) – pulling elements into a solid form without establishing any linear connection.
7. Solid Form – Pulling elements into tight vertical and lateral lines. Can be in many shapes but the most common are blocks and wedges.
8. Diffused / Random staging. Similar to mass form but spacing between elements in much greater. Also known as scatter drill, a diffused set
establishes no recognizable patterns or shapes
- 8 to 5: Comfortable for all sections.
- 6 to 5: More velocity. Only slightly larger than the step size of the average person.
- 5 to 5: Larger than average step size. Should only be used for short periods and at moments that are not musically challenging.
- 4 to 5: This is a standard “jazz run” step. Use only for short periods and moments that are not musically challenging. Avoid using this step size with tubas, bass drums and tenor drums.