The Evolution of Marching – 2005-2009 [VIDEO]

721656_a_drumAs 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. Now we come to the most modern marching shows available. Props continue to be more thoroughly integrated into the show, and the color guard continues to be used to add color and visual contrast, as well as actual actors in a story. Electronics are now integrated into the DCI shows as well, and we see the drum majors of Phantom Regiment’s 2008 production being used as characters throughout the entire performance. Many corps are now using a pre-show, which adds to the storyline as the ensemble is entering the field and setting up/warming up. Essentially, the entire time from field entry to field exit is now one grand production.

2005 – The Cadets

2006 – The Cavaliers

2007 – Blue Devils

2008 – Phantom Regiment

2009 – Blue Devils

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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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