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astoldbysarina sent: Hey I'm trying out for guard captain and I wanted to know if you had any tips on that me and a friend of mine are the most eligible to be captain

I’m going for captain too (along with 5 other girls)! Do you have to make a routine or teach a routine.

I would suggest finding a nice tempo song. If it’s faster than 132 beats (think the song all of me by john legend) than it might be too fast if you’re just working on the routine because you only have a few weeks to make and clean it so fast songs make that whole process trickier. Also try and stick with a comfortable meter. 4/4 is what people normally do so I wouldn’t suggest 3/4 (give me love by ed sheeran, say something by a great big world if you use the faster tempo) unless you’re really comfortable with it. Make sure to pick a song you like so you aren’t stuck with a song you hate and can’t work with. Is it required to use flag and weapon. If not then you can either stick to your strengths so you know you wont have to worry much or you can try what you’re weaker at to seem more impressive (WARNING: this only works if they are aware that you’re weaker at it and if you’re still decent enough at it wear you wouldn’t have to worry; I would never bother with rifle until a few weeks ago when I could safely toss a triple, but I’ll gladly make a sabré routine)

Be aware that they might make you teach someone who is somewhat new to colorguard. Even if it’s not the case don’t make it too hard either way; they made you teach someone so they can see how you work with others and how good you are at explaining something in case a newbie doesn’t get how to a flourish, cone, etc. They don’t want you to show off! Make sure you can explain everything properly!! This is a big one. I was the guinea pig last year and I’d only ever done drop spins and tosses on weapon so they knew they needed to be specific with explanations. This one girl was teaching me a sabré routine but she didn’t explain which shoulder to turn over or how to unwind it (something along those lines) so I was incredibly confused and got tangled in my own limbs. Take from that story that even though you might think something seems simple enough, a newbie will most likely always find some way to get incredibly confused. I recommend while you go over your routine, explain to yourself what to do and all the steps and counts, maybe explain it to a vet or senior and have them give your pointers on what you could go into more detail about.

Best of luck!




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Anonymous sent: Hey! I'm extremely new to an extremely new guard, like this is our first year, and our first competition is next Saturday. Here is my problem. I can't do a single. I can do a parallel, but not a single. Do you have any tips?

I just had my first competition today! anyways with me I caught on quick so I don’t know but tossing a single took time and practice. It’s not really an overnight kind of thing but what helped me was to make my cones a bit bigger, using more force, and practicing the prep (Like I would bring the flag up but not release it) Hope that helps!

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Anonymous sent: Are you in guard currently and if so what is your show theme?

yea we’re in winterguard and my show theme is bullying this year. as for marching band our new bd isn’t even gonna worry about that until after MPAs

thosedisneymovies1893 sent: Do you ever think about how absolutely overly friendly a sport guard is ? Foot ball guys are like we gonna cream you!! And at our competitions complete strangers go wow that routine was flawless, that girl who dropped she totally had it, your routine was the shit, Etc.

That’s actually what I love about the sport! everyone is so friendly (for the most part)

Anonymous sent: I want to join a Drum corps the year I graduate High School (2016) but I have no idea how to sign up, try out, or even get a hold of my own personal flag to practice with off season. Can you help? Like resources or something. Please and thank you.

Hey were in the same year (Go class of 2016! woooo!!!!!!!!!!). Anyways to sign up for  a drum corps you generally have to go to their website and usually you can find it there. For example phantom regiment literally has a section under about us called how to join. When you find said page usually there’s a packet of some sort that you have to fill out and mail in (sometimes with a picture) and they give you dates for auditions and the state. to try out you either have to go to the state their holding it in or see if they have any convenience auditions (which they don’t always have for guard depending on the corps). As for resources like flags, you can either ask if you can sign a flag out and take it home with you and bring it back (our guard does this) or you can order a flag pole with weights, silk, and the crutch tips.  I like bandshoppe . com they have pretty good prices. and then for like things to learn you can always ask a vet or go on youtube.  

Good Luck!

Any other advice guys (I don’t know as much about drum corps so I’m doing the best I can to help)?

So this year we’re doing one show (not enough time for two) and the theme is bullying. This is the song we’re using though. Hope it turns out well!

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