Cost of Timing – Field Graph

Posted by on May 14, 2021 in Instruction | Comments Off on Cost of Timing – Field Graph

Note: This post has been condensed into a dynamic formula that can be found here. Enjoy!   Cost of timing has been described in a previous article, but we both know that it’s a tricky concept to explain in pure text form. Recently I’ve been working with my friend Pat McNeil to design an online field graph to help visually interpret the equivalent sound delay on a football field. First though, a huge thanks to Pat for his help with coding this, please check out his site at to get in touch or check out his content. . Cost of Timing Review: To quickly review...

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American Sign Language For Drumline

Posted by on Jun 23, 2020 in Instruction | Comments Off on American Sign Language For Drumline

Using ASL to instruct WHILE the drumline is playing! Drums are loud, we all know this. So why do we constantly see staff members trying to yell over top of their drumlines? It’s confusing and distracting at best, and most of the time any verbal indicators will not be conveyed to the percussionist and instead have to be repeated at the end of the rep, if anyone even remembers. This is unprofessional, and it’s time to figure out a better solution. If you’ve ever seen ground crew on construction sites communicate with crane operators you already know exactly where...

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Marching Band & Drum Corps Step Sizes

Posted by on May 18, 2020 in Drum Corps, Instruction, Marching Band | Comments Off on Marching Band & Drum Corps Step Sizes

You don’t know your step sizes as well as you thought you did! Hey marching band folks, did you know a step size horizontally is actually a different size than a step size vertically? Horizontal step size is 22.5 inches, but vertically it’s actually 22.857 inches! The proof is simple too! The full width of a football field is 160 feet, which is 84 steps. 84 steps multiplied by 22.857 is 1,919.988 inches. Divide by 12 for feet and you’re at 159.999 feet! Horizontally we’re good at 22.5 inches because 8 steps is equivalent to 5 yards. 8 steps at 22.5 inches...

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Drumline Instructors Step #1 – Drumline Warmups

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Composition, Drumline, Instruction | Comments Off on Drumline Instructors Step #1 – Drumline Warmups

If you’re brand new to drumline instruction and need a solid place to start you’re ready for step number one – full drumline warmups and technique packet. Step one is deciding how to setup your drumline and create the best environment for their success. In order to complete this step you’ll need a clearly defined technique outline and fundamental drumline warmups or exercises. This is something that every successful ensemble requires, not just in the marching percussion world but across all types of group activities. If you were to ignore this first step the result...

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Megaphone App

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Instruction, Rehearsal | Comments Off on Megaphone App

Alright, before you make fun of this article for being about an app with a blurry logo image and a ton of one-star reviews, hear me out. This app is actually pretty cool, and with a bit of know-how can be very useful (especially if you’ve read the last few articles about using your smartphone as a metronome and then hooking it up wirelessly to the Long Ranger. This article is going to piggyback on both of them and show you how to speak into your phone and broadcast it through the Long Ranger via Bluetooth. There are some issues with the app, but it has a lot of potential, and I imagine...

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Wireless Long Ranger Metronome

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Instruction, Rehearsal | Comments Off on Wireless Long Ranger Metronome

Do yourself a favor by welcoming technology into the logistics of your marching ensemble! Think of how many things you carry around from warmup area, to rehearsal spot, to show warmup site, and beyond. Wouldn’t it be easier to just leave the metronome and fifty feet of instrument cable behind? Let me answer that for you: Yes! With Bluetooth technology it is entirely possible and incredibly easy! Take a look at The Bluetooth Audio Receiver by Proxelle on This handy little tool turns any audio output device into a receiver for a Bluetooth signal. What that means is that you...

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