Re: Surviving a poorly designed marching show
Posted by Fix this all the time... on 10/2/2019, 6:01 am, in reply to "Surviving a poorly designed marching show"
It's worth paying a few dollars, maybe even getting some free adivce, from a program coordinator. They can look at the music, drill, and recent video of you guys marching, and suggest changes for you that would be the "most bang for your buck" so that you're not spending a lot of time making changes that have minimal impact. I can't help because I'm all booked up from here to November, but I recommend reaching out to Bob Chreste or Evan VanDoren. They might be able to help you. |
Also, I'm not sure who you used (nor do I care), but I would DEFINITELY provide feedback for your design team. They, too, want to give you a great product, so if you explain to them why it's not working, they can remember this for next time. Sometimes it deals with timelines, sometimes it's the writer's inexperience, sometimes it's the director not insisting on rewrites or adjustments, sometimes it's none of these things.
Whatever it is at this point, don't be afraid to make adjustments so that they kids march and play well. You shouldn't have to rehearse something over and over again to keep it from tearing...that's a design issue, and with the right set of eyes, one or two adjustments will fix it. I've been with lots of teams, and I will tell you that they make many adjustments on a daily basis all the way up to Area contest.
In any case, when you hire a team to commission the show from scratch, you're paying for that arranger and drill writer's "best first guess." The better ones "guess first" better than the others, which is why they usually cost more.