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Elliot Cleveland

The Concussion Problem in Color Guard

We’ve all seen it at marching band and winter guard competitions – a rifle or flag flies through the air. The audience takes an alarming gasp as they can tell the weapon isn’t going to land where it was intended

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Taking Care of Your Body After Drum Corps

Congratulations, you’ve survived a summer of drum corps! An entire summer of rehearsing, performing, and traveling around the country has undoubtedly caused you to feel and look different than you did before. Now that you’re at home again and ready

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Getting Real About the Post-Drum Corps Blues

The season has finished; Indianapolis is now a memory. You’re home, ready to kick back and enjoy the last few days of summer. But instead of relaxed and happy, you’re feeling…sad? Lonely? Irritable? Restless? If this sounds like you, you

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“Eat This, Not That”: Band Camp Edition

“What do you recommend we eat for marching band?” This is almost a guaranteed question we get asked when we present clinics. The thought usually comes from a student who has a general idea of what it takes to be

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The Lunch Line Stretchlist

A 4-hour rehearsal block will make any performer hungry, and the wait in the lunch line can seem to last forever. Why not put that time to use? All these stretches can be done while standing on a sidewalk or

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10 Simple Rules to Get in Shape for Band

Band camp season is approaching and it’s time to start getting in shape! But with the mountain of information out there on the internet, it’s easy to get lost in the sauce. How can you be sure you’re getting the

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Why PB&J???

Anyone who has marched DCI knows that PB&J is a staple food for almost every corps. PB&Js are frequently served alongside every meal and snack, every day, all summer! There are many reasons that drum corps serve PB&Js to their

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Building a Bus Box 101

There are an abundance of snacks that taste good. And one of the points of food is to eat things you enjoy! But in drum corps, you’re working so hard that everything you put into your body should serve a purpose.

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“Not Top 10” Shoes for Marching Band

One of our most anticipated blogs each year is our “Top 10 Shoes for DCI” blog. Everyone who has marched long enough realizes the importance of having proper shoewear to perform at a high level. Shoewear is one of the

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Top 10 Shoes for Drum Corps 2019

There’s one question everyone has been asking – “What shoes should I wear to march?” Good news – the wait is over, y’all! We’ve researched and tested many shoes, and come up with a “cream of the crop” list. While

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How To Not Skip a Workout (Even When You Want To)

Band and drum corps students are busier than ever. Day after day is filled to the brim with classes, work, rehearsal, homework, lessons, and more. As the Spring season quickly approaches, it’s quickly becoming time to add physical fitness and

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Eating your best at a WGI Competition

WGI weekends are full of travel, excitement, amazing performances….and less than amazing food options! Eating greasy concessions and fast food, and snacking on vending machine treats can leave us feeling weighed down and exhausted–absolutely not what we want when trying

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WGI Bootcamp: How to Get In Shape for WGI

It’s that time of the year – WGI season is starting!! As you’re leaving your audition camp you quickly realize how intense WGI can be-and how you need to start working on getting in shape immediately. Maybe you’ve come to

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4 Tips to Create Warm-ups that Don’t SUCK!

Ever notice the members of your band staring off into space or talking to friends when they’re supposed to be warming-up? As much as we hate to admit it, sometimes our warm-up routines can be a bit boring. Warm-ups are

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5 Quick Meals to Help You Recover After Rehearsal

Does your stomach feel like it’s churning in knots or eating itself following an after school rehearsal or weekend competition? Fortunately, you are probably just hungry after expending so much energy! Believe it or not, you stomach is always moving

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9 Snacks to Fill Any Bus Box

The Bus Box, possibly the most important square foot of personal space you will have this summer, must be packed with purpose and care. This box will contain the high-value snacks that become part of your pre-show rituals. Like professional

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Top 10 Shoes for DCI 2018

As a drum corps member, your feet are your most important tool! They keep you moving through the summer both on and off the field. But you get to the store and there are so many choices! Blue vs yellow.

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5 Ways to Avoid WGI Burnout

It is mid-March and we are in the heat of WGI competition. At this point in the season, most of us are exhausted. Responsibilities during the week are overbearing, weekends are not restful, and the pressure to continually improve your

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Reasons You Should STOP Stretching Before Rehearsal

Stop stretching?? Yes, you heard that correctly! The Health Guy in the marching world said to STOP stretching before you take the field. What gives? Image 1: Marching band students performing a stretch before rehearsal You have probably been trained

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Our 7 Favorite Snacks for Marching Band Rehearsal

It’s 5:45pm, and you are hitting the home-stretch of your after school marching band rehearsal. The problem is you are expected to be giving your highest level of energy during these last 30+ minutes, but your tank is running on

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6 Ways to Recover from Your Drum Corps Season

First, congratulations on making it through the summer! Second, how is your body feeling? Drum corps has a unique way of making you simultaneously love what you are doing and hate life due to pure exhaustion. It is one of

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Posture Really Is That Important

As a musician, your posture is the foundation for creating a masterful sound. Whether it is your mother telling you to “sit up at the dinner table” or your band director telling you to have “taller posture” during rehearsal, most

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Why Your Band Should NOT Do Push-ups

If you’ve been on a marching band field, you’ve probably heard of using push-ups as “negative reinforcement” for making a mistake during rehearsal. No, I am not about to go into detail about negative and positive reinforcement usage with adolescents

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