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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 members. One of the most obvious is cost: the ingredients for PB&Js are relatively inexpensive …

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Hydrate, Don’t Die-drate: 7 Tips for Staying Hydrated and Beating the Heat

Ever feel tired, lightheaded, or sick to your stomach during rehearsal? Believe it or not, you may just be dehydrated! Dehydration is one of the biggest problems we face during the summer months. If left untreated, members may experience heat exhaustion or even heat stroke, one of the top causes of death in high school …

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The Top 6 Conditioning Mistakes Every Marching Band Makes

“Go run!” “Get with a partner and stretch.” “If you messed up that rep you should be doing PUSH-UPS!!” Do these phrases bring back painful band camp memories of brutal amounts of running and pointless stretches? These concepts have been repeated since groups still marched timpani and the American Legion was a primary sponsor of …

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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 since elementary school to stretch before any physical activity. That was reinforced through your middle …

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Your Hips Don’t Lie: tips in recognizing unhealthy compensations and how to achieve the perfect turn-out

What do Shakira and marching technique have in common? Your hips don’t lie! Turnout is one of the most fundamental skills in drum corps, marching band and indoor performance ensembles, and it starts at the hips. Turnout involves the legs externally rotating from the hips resulting in out-toeing at the feet. In addition, specific muscle …

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