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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:39 am 
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Hey all,

Does anyone have a refined color guard curriculum, with things like:

"By the end of the year, a first year guard member will be able to toss a double on flag, a triple on Rifle, etc..."

I'm working on revamping our current guard curriculum to incorporate dance standards and movement techniques, equipment usage, as well as a checklist of things to be accomplished throughout the year.

I talked to a couple directors already, but they based theirs off of attendance, participation, and if they knew the performance routines... Any help would be appreciated!


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 Post subject: Re: Color Guard Curriculum
PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 3:44 pm 
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most curriculum is based on the people in the guard, the spped at which they learn, their dedication, etc.

with my guard, we are basically starting off fresh. our program was quite inadequite for the level we compete at, so i am also rewriting our curriculum.

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 Post subject: Re: Color Guard Curriculum
PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:33 am 
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Yes we do this. From freshman-seniors, each class has specific movement and equipment requirements for marching and a seperate set for winterguard.

A few examples, as freshman by the end of the year you should have perfected all basic forms of movement (propper turnout, basic turns, jumps and kicks.) On equipment as a flag you must master a double. On rifle you must master a triple etc. As a sohpmore you must master a quad, and working towards things like split leaps and double stags in marching. Each following year you're expected to know more and to be better at what you've already learned.

For winterguard, ALL members must be able to do a double on flag, a triple on sabre and a triple on rifle (even if you arent spinning it in the show). We do this so that we arent limited in how write the show. If we need X amount of people on rifle or sabre at any given time we know we can just pull whoever we want and place them on the whichever weapon line. It also helps to make more well rounded performers. If your speciality is to spin flag, learning rifle or sabre will only enhance your abilities on flag.

However, the girls are only graded on attendance, dressing out and their scores at each show are considered test scores. If the judges give us an 89. The girls score a B+. Thats how our band director does it.


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 Post subject: Re: Color Guard Curriculum
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ErinF wrote:
Yes we do this. From freshman-seniors, each class has specific movement and equipment requirements for marching and a seperate set for winterguard.

A few examples, as freshman by the end of the year you should have perfected all basic forms of movement (propper turnout, basic turns, jumps and kicks.) On equipment as a flag you must master a double. On rifle you must master a triple etc. As a sohpmore you must master a quad, and working towards things like split leaps and double stags in marching. Each following year you're expected to know more and to be better at what you've already learned.

For winterguard, ALL members must be able to do a double on flag, a triple on sabre and a triple on rifle (even if you arent spinning it in the show). We do this so that we arent limited in how write the show. If we need X amount of people on rifle or sabre at any given time we know we can just pull whoever we want and place them on the whichever weapon line. It also helps to make more well rounded performers. If your speciality is to spin flag, learning rifle or sabre will only enhance your abilities on flag.

However, the girls are only graded on attendance, dressing out and their scores at each show are considered test scores. If the judges give us an 89. The girls score a B+. Thats how our band director does it.


There was some very interesting points in that, which i may have to apply to my program. Is your color guard more of a class then an extra curricular?

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