Consultations/Instructing

I am Taiwanese currently working at a civilian honor guard team in Taiwan. A few weeks ago one of our members received your books on drill training as a present from his friend. We are now reading them, and I must tell you that your books helps us a lot, helping us know more about honor guard training and drill education in the US. Your dedication is deeply appreciated.
~Veronica

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Honor Guard Instruction
Contact me regarding DrillMaster Honor Guard Training. I try to keep costs as low as possible and will work with your unit to ensure the highest quality at an affordable price. All training can be tailored to your needs.

  • Standing manual
  • Pall bearers
  • 2-man flag fold
  • 6/8-man flag fold
  • Firing party
  • The manual of arms for the rifle, ceremonial fire axe and ceremonial pike pole
  • All color team movement
  • The manual of the flagstaff
  • Casket watch
  • And more as desired

High School/College Drill Team (Armed and Unarmed) and/or Color Guard Instruction

Contact me for complete information regarding DrillMaster Honor Guard Training. I try to keep costs as low as possible and will work with your unit to ensure the highest quality at an affordable price. All training can be tailored to your needs.

  • Standing manual
  • Manual of arms
  • Regulation drill
  • Inspection
  • Color team
  • Exhibition drill: I can write the routine or work with students and/or instructors to create a routine
  • Teamwork exercises are included for each day’s training

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The DrillMaster offers training and certification for instructors and coaches in Regulation Drill and associated manuals, Ceremonial Drill, Exhibition Drill Basics (both armed and unarmed). Through the World Drill Association you can also train and become a certified military drill visual judge in one or all four captions. Click here for more information.

You pointed out that my tosses are angled, and i had no clue! But now I see that I’m pulling back too much on the releases. I also didn’t think about my movement until you pointed it out to me. What I like about your critiques is that you’re not giving me answers on how to fix things to make them better, you’re opening my mind so my creativity can flow through! And, you’re very thorough! Thank you so much for the critiques!
~Chris H.

Competitive Drill Critiques
If you or your team would like a personal consultation done by me

The best visual judging is accomplished by separate captions: Overall Effect, Composition Analysis, Equipment and Movement.

DrillMaster Audio Performance Critiques (an MP3 or WMA voice commentary recording that is given concurrent with the performance either live or from a video) are not much longer than the performance itself unless I really need to go in-depth, which I do often for video performances.

Written Critiques (only accomplished through watching a video) are as long as necessary and can go into great depth.

A Caption-Merged Critique offers a small sampling from each caption of the individual’s or team’s performance. A Caption-Specific Critique concentrates on going in-depth on only one aspect at a time of the same performance.

What Get’s a Critique

  • Color Guard in competition
  • Color Guard in a ceremony
  • Drill Team (2 members [tandem] or more) in Exhibition
  • Drill Team in Regulation competition
  • Solo Exhibition
  • Non-competitive performances upon request

What can you get from an audio or written consultation/critique? Plenty! You can learn what is required to achieve your best in each of the four visual captions, you can understand the nuances of visual design and routine programming and, most importantly, you can understand the balance of the “what” and the “how.”

6 thoughts on “Consultations/Instructing”

  1. does the POW setting in a veterans organization need to be sectioned from the rest of the public and are there any refrances to table cloth color, color of ribbon around vase, shape of table?

    1. Mr. Smart,

      The POW/MIA table does not have to be roped off or anything like that. Some veteran halls have the table in the foyer and you can see it as soon as you walk in. When you read through the POW/MIA Ceremony script, you will find the rest of the specifics you are looking for.

  2. I would like to start a class at my school just for Drilling, what do you think? I would like to cover everything dealing with D&C. How should the course read, for a new student I only want a student that will give 100% to this class. dedication, commitment, I will give quality instruction. just would like to hear from the Drill Master.

    SGM C.C.Barlow

    1. Hi SGM,

      Good to hear from you! As a matter of fact, a drill class is an excellent idea. In my experience a drill class can be developed for two reasons or go into one of two directions

      1. To eliminate after school drill team/color guard activities (from my point of view this is bad and indicative of a program that is suffering)
      2. To create a time where extra emphasis and focus can be applied to the units marching teams.

      My work with Merritt Island is during their drill class, the first class of the day. I’m there each morning working on perfecting technique and we have been able to make the class the Squad Exhibition Drill time as well both for the male and female cadets. The instructors have let me have full rein. The 12/13 school year was my first and at the beginning I took all of the cadets, who are all on one or more of the drill teams, back to the very beginning of how to stand at attention and moved through standing manual, manual of arms and then into exhibition drill. This year, 13/14, has seen the first time of having a couple LET 1s into the class which has not worked out very well for them since I have not had the time to take them through the basics since I’ve been teaching more advanced exhibition work. However, given enough time, they have been able to catch on quite well. We even use this class to experiment: trying out different rifle moves to see if they layer well over top the drill that I’ve written. I also teach those cadets who want to learn, how to write a drill routine suing my Routine Mapping Tools (you can find them on my Downloads page).

      I would suggest doing the same thing for your class, making sure that your perfect standard is exactly what is being performed by each cadet. Your first year will be quite a bit of work from the TC, but as you progress, you will be able to expand. You may want to keep the class narrowed to only those cadets on the drill team and color team, I think this would help you and the cadets concentrate on the D&C and also give you a class of cadets focused 100% on improvement. After your first year, you could then rely on senior cadets to accomplish new cadet training while you work with the more seasoned cadets and going back to check on the progress of the new cadets. I would think that within three years or so, you could have a well-oiled machine running with your drill class.

      Have a great time with this class and please keep me posted as to the progress. All the best to you, I hope to see you at state this year again!

      John

  3. Dear John:

    We met a few years ago at Forest Hill Military Academy. I am head of LWMA, Camp Hill, AL. Please get in touch with me as I could sure use some of your expertise on campus for our drill team. Email me. RB.

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