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School Phone Number:
Director Phone Number:
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Overall desired difficulty of drill:
Level 1 = Very Easy, Level 5 = Very Complex
Grade levels of performers (ex: 8-12, 9-12, 10-12):
Total number of drill pages for the show should be limited to:
Note: There are usually 12 or 16 counts between drill pages
Competitive level of performers:
List special requirements for intervals if not listed below:
3 pace for winds, sometimes 2 or 4 / 6-8-9-12-16 pace for flags / 2-3 pace for snares / 3-4 pace for bass drums, tenors, and tubas
8 to 5 or less by all marching members at all times - NO LARGER STEPS
7 to 5 or less – no larger
6 to 5 at times for more dramatic velocity (needed for most level 4 and 5 shows)
5 to 5 for special effects (needed for most level 4 and 5 shows)
4 to 5 for special effects only
Check all that apply. (ex. 8 to 5 means 8 steps to every 5 yards)
Make sure to double check your instrumentation very carefully!
Changes in numbers after the drill has been written will have a negative impact on the effectiveness of your show. Always have the show written for a few less students than you actually have on roll. When possible plan for alternates. You can request to have an “alternate line” which stands alone and can be added to or subtracted from.
Changes in numbers after the drill has been completed will be the responsibility of the Director.
REWRITES WILL BE DONE ONLY WHEN PLANNED FOR IN ADVANCE FOR AN ADDITIONAL FEE.
Total number marching, including auxiliaries:
Do you want an alternate line inserted in the backfield area of the drill? It will stand alone and can be added to and subtracted from.
Number of positions in the alternate line:
DO NOT LIST ALTERNATES IN THE REGULAR INSTRUMENTATION ABOVE.
If you have preferences about where you want instrument groups placed, List them here.
(Example: some directors like to place alto saxes next to the horns and tenor saxes close to the trombones/baritones.)
With complex drill, it is sometimes necessary to mix instrument groups for certain transitions and effects. Check your preference here:
Please keep all instrument sections together as much as possible
Keep them together, but it is ok to mix them from time to time
Feel free to mix instruments on the field as needed
March them with the percussion section at all times
Keep them with the other low brass sections at all times
Use variety in placement of the tubas
Check all that apply
Keep all saxes as a section
Altos Sax with French horns, Tenors Sax with Trombones/Baritones, Bari Sax with Tubas
If other, please describe:
Wind and Percussion Soloists:
Be sure to let us know how you want wind soloists to be handled.
List any parameters here: (ex. Some bands like to keep all marching members within the 25-yard lines with the brass no further back than the front hash.)
Type of drill movement and forms that can be used:
Blocks, triangles, and other solid forms
Straight lines (parallel to the sideline)
Straight diagonal lines (harder to clean)
Open geometric forms
Lateral form pushes (shapes that hold as they slide left to right)
Diagonal form pushes
Linear form rotations
Block form rotation
Interval expansions and compression
Linear and solid form "pass-throughs"
Types of drill moves that should be avoided:
Note: Most back marches that we chart are full stride.
If the pit will be on the field, list the exact location or send me a diagram. I need to know the exact size and location of any stationary field props. This can be done on a blank drill sheet.
Please indicate the order of the percussion section. (From left to right looking at the field) (Example: Cymbals/ snares/ tenors/ bass drums). Note that sometimes I “stack” the percussion section (ex. snares and cymbals in front of the basses and tenors.) Normally I try to use variety in the way the percussion section is charted. List your preferences here:
Some directors like to keep the percussion very close to the center of the field and some like to have them move just as much as the winds. If they stay in the center they will not be integrated in the forms as much. List any preferences you have for the percussion section here:
Will the cymbal players ever need to be in front of the snare for ride cymbals? PLEASE INDICATE THE SPOTS IN THE SCORES WHERE THE CYMBALS WILL BE IN FRONT OF THE SNARES! OTHERWISE THEY WILL BE INTEGRATED INTO THE PERCUSSION LINE.
Please indicate what props the guard will be using in each selection. If they are using over sized flag poles, I need to know the length of the poles being used.
Please indicate where you want equipment changes to happen in the music and how you want them to be done. Be sure to give them time to get to the new equipment before the routine has to begin and indicate where the work (routine) will resume.
Choose one of the following:
Integrate guard into drill at all times.
(If you choose this option the guard will be placed inside the drill forms and fully integrated into the design of the drill. PLEASE NOTE that choosing this option will require the guard members to “pass-through” the wind players from time to time in order to move within the forms. Occasionally the guard may frame the winds and percussion.) Guard members may also be close to wind players from time to time.
Occasionally integrate the guard inside the forms.
The rest of the time have them framing.
DO NOT integrate the guard into the drill.
Please keep them out of the drill forms and keep them framing the winds and percussion at all times. This will avoid pass-throughs and will make for easier drill for the guard. (This option is not recommended for competitive bands.)
Please indicate in the scores if you want all or part of the guard to be in a feature position at any time during the show. Please give me specific guidelines about where and how to place each feature.
Other drill comments:
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(Score PDF, music MP3, field diagrams, props, etc.)