Listen to your band director. He has a great deal of experience in this field! Work
together to achieve a common goal. Give him full support-he will return the favor. When he asks for your input, don't be timid-contribute!! And remember, pettiness and complaints will destroy what you are trying to achieve.
The second step to a successful season is an open mind. Be willing to try anything, or nothing, as a prop. You'll be amazed how well your dancers will maneuver flags! Perhaps the show will call for an unusual prop to carry out an intricate theme. Your band director may want to feature the dance talents of your team, so prepare them to dance rather than pose next to a big prop. You may have the opportunity to compete with your band, so be ready to commit your girls to contest performance level. Adopt the same style of marching the band uses. Unity is the best policy for success!
Finally, creative choreography is critical. Choreography for this type of show is vastly different than for traditional performance. You must choreograph on a wide scale. Watch the formations the band displays and note the movements of the flag corps. Try to make your movements complement the whole picture. Formations are critical!! Be certain the patterns you are using fit into the puzzle created by the band. If your formations are charted for you, be excited that someone with years of experience has planned for you. If a formation doesn't work, be certain that you have tried to make it successful, then bring it to your band director's attention, along with an alternate formation, off the field!! Also, remember that large dance movements are very effective on the field.
A positive attitude, an open mind, and creative choreography serve as the foundation for a successful performance season with the band. Every school faces a unique performance situation. However, these factors can be utilized in all situations., Enjoy an exciting season of opportunity performing with the band!!!