The Evolution of Marching – 1972-1976 [VIDEO]

1213866_bugle_call (1)As we close out the school year and begin looking toward the summer, band directors turn their minds toward marching arts.

This year, I’m going through some history and exploring The Evolution of Marching via YouTube. I’m taking you along for the journey as well. Today, we’ll look at the first five DCI finals. Since video footage is rare from these days, I am really surprised to be able to find recordings from each of these years.

1972 – Anaheim Kingsmen
YouTube Embedding disabled, watch the excerpt here

1973 – Santa Clara Vanguard

1974 – Santa Clara Vanguard

1975 – Madison Scouts

Another video is available here but the embedding is disabled. I link to this one because the first is a standstill performance, and this one shows the limitations that the percussion section faced before concert percussion instruments were placed on the field.

1976 – Blue Devils

Gotta love the dancing drum major!

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Joel Wagner (@sywtt) began teaching band in 2002. Though he had a lot of information, his classes were out of control. He found himself tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. He had had enough. He resigned from his school district right before spring break of his second year and made it his personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. So You Want To Teach? is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.

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