Five Ways Marching Band Can Prepare You For College

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Five Ways Marching Band Can Prepare You For College   The beginning of college is a very interesting experience, and many students aren’t prepared for a brand new set of responsibilities. It’s a big step up from high school: you’ll need to completely shift your learning style, learn how to be on time without your […]

Great Writers on the Power of Music

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“Music is the best means we have of digesting time,” ~ Igor Stravinsky Psychologists have studied why playing music benefits your brain more than any other activity and how listening to music enraptures the brain. But, more than that, music works over the human spirit and stands as a supreme manifestation of our very humanity — something Carl Sagan […]

Central Texas steps up to help California drum & bugle corps

Central Texas steps up to help California drum & bugle corps   The Central Texas community stepped up to make sure more than 200 members of a world class drum and bugle corps from California didn’t go hungry after the group unexpectedly lost their food trailer in an accident earlier this month while traveling from […]

Band in Ghana Receives New Custom Band Uniforms

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The Human Factor Leadership Academy, a K-12 educational program in Akatsi, Ghana, received new custom marching band uniforms for its 35-member ensemble. The band stepped out in style at Ghana’s Independence Day Parade on March 6, displaying national and personal pride. The uniform design incorporated red, yellow, and green colors from Ghana’s flag. When the […]

2018 WGI Winners

2018 WGI Winners The 2018 WGI gold medalists tackled many dark subjects including isolation, suicide, and war. At the same time, they showcased unique lighting and color as well as memorable costumes. Enjoy this 11th annual feature. World Class Guard Independent World Paramount Winterguard from Atlanta Score of 97.000 Directors: Rick Subel and Andria Foerch To […]

Celebrating Independence Day All Over DFW!


    Our great Metroplex will be celebrating the Fourth of July, Independence Day, this Week with a bang!  Just so you don’t miss any of the fireworks, here is our list of activities happening all over the DFW area!  Let’s CELEBRATE and be safe!   DFW FIREWORKS and ACTIVITIES for INDEPENDENCE Day 2018 ADDISON […]

Touring Tips for Band Members Traveling this Summer

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From the most efficient way to transport instruments to handling sick kids, marching ensembles and their individual members plan for every detail and prepare for the worst in order to experience the best travel and performance experiences. For the Blugold Marching Band at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, band trips aren’t limited to traveling alongside the football team. […]

DRUMLine Live Thrills Audiences from Coachella to Dollywood


The band behind Beyoncé’s Coachella performance heads to the Dollywood theme park with a rollercoaster of a show.   Twenty-eight DRUMLine Live musicians became part of the #Beychella experience when they performed side by side with pop singer Beyoncé at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Music Festival in April 2018.   “My experience performing with the Queen B at Coachella […]

Retiring Abilene High Band Director Paul Walker Fulfilled Role as Youth Director

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A beautiful and inspiring story we had to share….   Not the career he sought The son of musicians, including a father who directed the Eastwood High band in El Paso, Walker was encouraged toward music, though his father advised him “to get a degree in something. It’s the wisest thing he ever said to me.” […]