Re: marching fundamentals
Posted by Inner-City BD on 10/8/2018, 1:22 pm, in reply to "marching fundamentals "
Does your band warm up before they play? |
It's literally the exact same concept. You need to review fundamental skills and prepare the body/mind to engage in marching activities just like you review fundamental skills and prepare the body/mind to play music.
As the year goes on, perhaps you spend less time in fundamentals, as you reinforce them as you go along in your drill. However, a basic fundamentals block should be part of everyone's daily routine. Build consistency upon consistency. Even if it's nothing more than a basic box drill or practicing stops and starts, you're better off.
The best ways I've seen this done are the military bands that do a basic fundamental block routine with stops and turns, and a basic box drill, while doing their warmup. It's a full-body warmup and reinforces everything they do. If your band is more dance-oriented or DCI-oriented, you DO NOT want your kids going into some of those moves without stretches. A physical warmup (and fundamental block) is essential to keeping your kids healthy.
My band used to have a fundamental block before practice every day but we resently did away with it this year. Do you guys think itís a good idea to completely skip fundamentals? I was wondering if anyone else did a fundamental block, and if so do you still do it everyday? And if you donít how do you keep your fundamentals up without it?