— Marching Percussion (@MarchingPerc) January 17, 2017
by DJ Montalbano
Former Percussion Coordinator
Syracuse University Marching Band
It is a cool autumn day, and your entire band is out on the field, along with the rest of your organization. It’s the day before one of your major regional marching band competitions. Here you are with your entire staff working on ensemble balance, projection from the percussion, timing control issues, and anything that may need tweaking. Finally, the rehearsal’s end arrives and you find yourself en route to the task of the evening.
When your band gets on the field, you and your staff decide to head upstairs to witness the show from a judge’s standpoint. Of course you would like to get the full effect! The show begins and things are just not right! You can see the faces of individuals in your ensemble working just as hard as they always do in rehearsals and they seem a bit relaxed yet a bit aggressive. They are working just as normal, but all of the important things including balance, timing, and projection just are not better, in fact they are worse! Then you look up and realize you are in a Domed arena. What went wrong?
There is no better time to do the work of a champion!
Happy New Year 2017! All the best wishes for a successful year ahead!
Good afternoon everyone. I hope this finds you all well in your pursuit of marching percussion excellence! This is just a quick update to let you all know that the site is slowly coming along and we are slowly making progress to improve our new site. We hope you will continue to come back to the site as content unfolds here and certainly, having a new blog format like this
will allow us to continue to generate interesting and useful articles and tips in the field of marching percussion much more quickly than we were able to do so in the past.
Thank you as always for your continued patience and we look forward to continuing to serve the needs of the marching percussion community!
Welcome to the new Marching Percussion Services web presence. While the site is still here in our home at www.marchingpercussion.com, the new digs will hopefully serve you well!