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What to wear to summer rehearsals? 1. Form fitting shorts. NO Jeans, or loose & baggy shorts. • Why? We will be looking closely at your marching technique. Jeans and baggy shorts hide your bad technique! 2. Sneakers with arch support. Ideally cross trainers or running shoes. NO basketball, or skateboard shoes. • Why? We will be standing for long hours during rehearsal. Wearing shoes with no arch support will put you at risk of ankle and knee injuries. 3. Baseball cap. 4. Sunscreen & ChapStick with sunscreen (brass players)

Rehearsal Etiquette 1. Be on time and prepared at every rehearsal and performance. • Have your instrument, music, drill charts, beanbags, dot book and carrying pouch at all rehearsals. • Downbeat of the rehearsal will be at 7 AM. Make sure you arrive prior to 7 AM in order to be ready! 2. Follow instructions and perform the first time. • Your instructor will first give instructions over the long ranger. • Drum major will repeat the instructions. • On the command of “Set” from the drum major, he or she will bring his or her hands up. At this time all instruments should come to playing (or carriage), and feet will move to the “Minus One” position. • The repetition will begin with a ‘prep’ with a combination of visuals from the drum major, the metronome, and the center snare. • You will end the repetition by either freezing all visual motion and playing in visual rehearsal (no “Plus One”), or adding “Plus One” in ensemble rehearsal. • All instruments will stay at playing position (or carriage) during “Check and Adjust.” Drum major will say, “Check” to allow you to review your performance. “Check” is then followed by the command to “Adjust.” At this time you may make corrections to your position on the field for corrections. • ( Watch this video to see how proper rehearsal etiquette maximizes efficiency! 3. Rehearse as if you are performing. • Understand what you are asked to do (ask questions if you don’t!) • Rehearse and perform as if there is an audience watching at all times. • Think and critically evaluate. Make each repetition count, do not just “go through the motions” of rehearsal. • Do something better each and every time we rehearse. 4. Other expectations from you: • Leave your cell phones on the sideline. They have no place in rehearsals. • You will be required to stand with feet in "Modified 1st Position” at all times. Do not fidget, wipe off sweat, readjust hand position on your instruments during check and adjust. 5. Be a leader. Serve as a positive example to others through your words and actions. • Help to carry on the tradition of the Screamin’ Eagle Bands as a class act!

Standing Posture To be the most efficient when playing and marching, the body should be in the most natural and upright position. Improper posture can cause injury and negatively affect your playing. While playing your instrument, your weight should be evenly distributed on both feet; your upper body weight should be lifted up from your waist (NOT leaning on the lower part of your back); your shoulders should be relaxed; and your instrument bell angle is 10 degrees above parallel. The basic rules that apply to all hand positions is that the hands are relaxed, finger tips are on the valves, valve casings are perpendicular to the ground (except for the tubas), and your wrists are straight. Posture checklist ♪ Open 1st Position: Heels are touching and feet are at a 450 angle. Check by placing fists side by side between feet. ♪ 4 points of alignment: Head, shoulders, hips, and ankles are in line. ♪ Even destruction of weight: Body is centered over both feet – no leaning or “swaying hips.” ♪ Abdominal muscles are engaged. Chest is lifted and out. ♪ Chin position: Make “L” with thumb and index finger. Place thumb on your sternum, chin should sit over your index finger ♪ Weight is distributed 60% over toes / 40% over heels – with presence ♪ Anklebone is centered over your dot or spot. Anklebone aligns on the yard line. ♪ Instrument is in proper carrying position OR hands are in a fist at sides – thumb on top and along pant seam. Mark Time Marking-time will be used in all music rehearsals where we do not march drill. In the future the marching technicians will go into further detail regarding the proper way to mark time. Some basic rules for marking-time are as follows: • The initiation of the mark-time will be “one“ count before the beginning of the phrase. The heels of your foot will hit the ground on all “down” beats. • Your heal will come up to your anklebone. • Your upper body must not bounce or sway while you mark time; it should look as if you are standing still. • The success of the brass ensemble will be determined by how well you play and move at the sametime. The sooner you start adding movement to your playing, the better you and the section will become. STEP-OUTS ( In marching band, you will find that nearly all timing & technique problems related to the music or drill occur within the first two counts of a phrase or drill move. As an effort to tackle this problem, step-outs were created. You simply take 2 steps in any direction (left foot, then right foot) at the beginning of a musical phrase or during what would have been a drill move. You will take one step with the left foot, and then bring your right foot to the left on the second count. On the next two counts, you will go back to your original placement. You should vary the direction and step size taken so that you may work on various areas of your marching technique while you play.

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The unit of measurement in marching is known as an “eight-tofive.� Taking eight even steps to every 1 yard line (5 yards) (Fig. 7.6). An eight-to-five step (which for now on will be written 8:5) is 22 1/2 inches (57.15cm) from the point the heel of the back foot last touched to the point the heel of the front foot hits.

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