Teaching Show Style Marching Band
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Are there other members who teach High-Step, Traditional, Show-Style Marching Band from the HBCU tradition?
yep — Northeast Ohio is nothing but this style. No competition bands survive around here.
Are you looking for a traditional show style or HBCU tradition? There is a big difference there…….When I think of traditional, I think of Big Ten marching bands. HBCU is something totally different……I won’t get into opinions on that, but I’m not sure I would call it traditional.
Depending on what you are looking for, I’ve taught both competitive style and the Big Ten/chair step style. What questions did you have?
Reynolds: I’m also from NE Ohio…..please explain no competition bands survive around here. I know of several very successful competitive marching bands in NE Ohio. North Royalton, Nordonia, Brunswick, Norton, Perry, Copley, North Canton Hoover, etc etc. Let’s not make blanket statements as both styles of bands are ok. As long as you do what you do well, there is educational value to both. What concerns me about NE Ohio is the amount of park and blow then roll around on the field bands I see popping up.
Traditional style is in reference to the marching styles of the bands. I know my school, Southern, gets its marching style from the University of Michigan/Michigan State. The only difference between us and the Big Ten bands is that we usually add more colorful choreography while playing more modern/popular upbeat songs during our shows and performances to keep the crowd entertained. Pretty much we have similar styles, we just put our own little twist on the way we do things. Southern University and schools like them are traditional show style bands that just so happen to be HBCUs.
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