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Every band leader or instructor knows just how challenging it can be to explain complex movements and drill, whether it's at the individual level or the band level. To really get through to a band and communicate the nuances of a coordinated sequence, there's incredible value to be found in the right teaching tools. In many ways, marching design and instruction tools prove the expression that "a picture is worth a thousand words." For new inductees into the band, you'll want to start with the basics. Fortunately, Alfred has you covered with a series of instructional DVDs to assist with these important lessons. Start out with the Marching Fundamentals guide, which is designed to get freshmen off on the right foot. If your band has a rifle guard or flag corps, then the Rifle Fundamentals and two-part Flag Fundamentals DVDs will help rookies learn essential positions, carriage, spins and tosses through step-by-step direction and self-study assistance for the student.
When individual drill basics well in hand, the next step is to plan and communicate your band's routines and sequences. For that, you can turn to software like Pyware 3D. Available in basic, advanced and interactive editions, this tool simplifies the process of designing movements and makes it easy to fine-tune and change elements of the routine as you go. It also serves as an excellent visual aid, allowing the band to learn the drill more quickly by seeing it carried out on-screen. Pyware also provides good customization support, with available plug-ins such as floor covers for improved venue accuracy, traditional tools for military maneuvers and spiral tools to help you design complex winding sequences.
With these marching design and instruction tools at your disposal, managing a band becomes a far easier task. From teaching individual band members the basic fundamentals to planning your best routines yet, the tools you'll find here allow you to take these challenging tasks in stride.
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