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The ideal resource for: Drum Majors, Marching Band Directors & Drill Writers, and Marching Band section leaders. Contents include items such as: Conducting style for the Drum Major, Showmanship, Salutes, Arm Swings, Staging the performance, The Role of the Drum Major, Baton Signals, Hand Signals, Mace Signals, Rehearsal procedures for marching and music, Teaching marching fundamentals, Leadership and motivational concepts, Much, much more!
"The System" Marching Band Methods Book
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The SYSTEM is the most comprehensive book for contemporary marching bands. I have recommended the book as a resource for band directors, used it as a textbook for marching band methods course, and incorporated into leadership development for my bands.
If you are a band director, drum major, section leader, etc., this book is a must have! This one-stop book is very inspiring and has useful to improving my role and effectiveness of being a college drum major. As a music ed major, I am surprised this book is not required reading, especially for aspiring marching band directors. I found the rehearsal procedures and the leadership/motivational sections to be the most helpful. But it's all great reading, and the price is very reasonable for the amount of information you get. I also recommend his summer camps.
This is the most comprehensive and practical marching band text book ever published. It is ideal for band directors, student leaders, drill writers and drum majors. Several universities, clinics and workshops have adopted this as a required text.
This method book de-mystified all the techniques and knowledge one must need to both participate and lead in marching bands.
This book is a must-have for any band director or student leader! Actually it's great for anyone. The leadership section alone can be applied to businesses as well. I purchased the book because, as a former drum major, I love to write drill and help with local bands, and was very surprised to find that it has helped me in my "real" job as well! I have used the techniques in my current position as a marketing manager, and the results have been phenomenal in creating esprit de corps among my "troops". This book will remain on my bookshelf as a frequent reference for many years to come!!
I have been a fan of THE SYSTEM since its very first printing, and it just keeps getting better and better! Gary Smith does a wonderful job of keeping the text up-to-date and relevant to the current trends and movements in marching bands/drum Corp, and you just can't find a better guide, from first-year to seasoned director, available today. The best feature of THE SYSTEM is its PRACTICALITY. Smith continues to teach the youth of today through his Smith-Walbridge Clinics, and knows both the problems and solutions facing music education today. NOTHING is missing from this text!
I've attended his camps, this book is jam packed with marching band information. I always find myself looking something up right before practice. This book should be in every director's library!
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