The picture, below, is of a winter guard (a marching band color guard that performs indoors, see WGI) back in the 1980s. In the picture you can see the rifles are at the exact same angle while in the air and the arms, legs and bodies of the guard members are very close to being the same.
Drill Teams: this is what you want. You want to be as close to exactly the same all throughout the performance. But how can you do this? Technique. This is for both unarmed and armed drill teams.
Here is how we can describe technique. Where you put your hands on the rifle, angles of your head, arms, legs, feet and torso.
Techniques need to be the same for each of the members of your team, they have to be the same. If they aren’t your audience will notice right away. It also impairs the effectiveness of synchronous movement like marching, hand and arm movement and rifle movement, just to name a few.
Rifle and arm angles
Arm positions and rifle angles
Rifle angles along with body and arm positions
So close: Foot angles
Arm positions and hand angles
So, now you can see technique is extremely important in all you do out on the competition field or any performance. Technique begins with initial training and must be reinforced through consistent revisiting that initial training. Without that reinforcement, techniques will begin to vary over time.
The DrillMaster Education and Training System: Drill Team Training- Exhibition Drill for the Military Drill Team
The first book for the military drill world specifically for drill team training. Whether you are starting from scratch or already have an established team, there is something for everyone to learn in this book.
For the beginner, you learn the basics and begin creating a routine right away. For the more advanced drill team, revisiting the basics is always a good thing, but you can also learn drill writing techniques and more.
A review by former World-Class Driller, Matthew Wendling: “An absolutely essential read for anyone with a passion for military drill! Anyone with an interest in improving their drill team’s performance needs to take a close look at the principles and techniques outlined in Mr. Marshall’s revolutionary text. His vast amount of experience in pageantry, and military drill in specific, will be a valuable asset to anyone seeking to take their routines to the next level. Without a doubt, Exhibition Drill for the Military Drill Team will form the core of a new canon in drill performance theory. But more than that, this book will teach readers how to apply this knowledge to create stunning routines that will wow the judges!”
The Table of Contents Chapter 1 PARADE DRILL. 12
MAO Recovery Suggestion. 17
Bart’s Move. 19
Eagle Salute. 21
Chapter 2 EXHIBITION DRILL. 26
Big Bang. 27
Omega Recovery. 30
King’s Move. 31
King’s Move Recovery (Suggestion) 33
Wagon Wheel 38
Crazy Eights. 42
Chapter 3 IDEAS AND SUGGESTIONS. 44
Ideas and Suggestions. 45
To Get Into a Straight Line. 46
Presidential Honor Guard Facing Movements. 47
Chapter 4 MARCHING, FORCE AND BALANCE PRINCIPLES. 50
How to March Properly. 51
Proper Step Technique. 52
First Step. 53
Laban Movement Analysis. 54
Chapter 5 JUDGING AND CRITIQUING.. 58
The What and The How.. 59
Sample Scoring Criteria. 60
Chapter 6 DRILL AND CEREMONIES. 62
The Open Ranks Inspection (USAF) 63
The Command Voice. 69
The Face-In-Marching. 71
How To Flank. 71
Chapter 7 HOW TO CREATE A ROUTINE. 74
Routine mapping. 76
Sample Routine Mapping Tool 77
Chapter 8 SAMPLE DRILL MEET SCORE SHEETS. 82
Chapter 9 THE DRILLMASTER’S CREED 89
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