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How to Effectively Round Your Corners

And thus completely mess up alignment and spacing!

Now, no one wants to do this, but some Drillers do this and don’t understand how to fix it. I’ll explain the problem, show the negative results and tell you how to fix it. Easy!

Below is a properly executed flank movement. As you can see, when you march, you are actually creating two invisible lines that your feet march along- this is especially so when you are marching in a formation- you are either following along lines created by those in front of you, or creating lines for others to follow.

Flank Feet Procedures with Lines

The image below points out a typical problem with some Drillers. In this case for a flanking movement to the right, the left foot moves too far to the right at the pivot point. This means the driller’s body has already begun to move to the right before turning. This creates an immediate alignment problem with the line from where he is marching since he is already too far to the right and after he turns, he will not be centered on those behind or in front of him since he will also be too far to the right. He has also created a distance issue and is now too close to the Driller in front of him.

Flank Feet Procedures Bad

This next image shows a compounded problem for the flank- flanking inside both lines, along with the problems listed above, our Driller has created a distance issue not only to the front of him, but also directly to his right and left.

Flank Feet Procedures Bad2

So, it pays to pay attention to the small details of the execution of each movement.

You may now continue drilling. :-)

Ask DrillMaster- The Difference Between a Flank and a Slide

Question: What is the difference between a flank and a slide in marching band?

Answer: Good question! They are both the same movement except for where your shoulders point. On a Left Flank you will pivot on your right foot to your left, your hips and shoulders will face to your left- an ‘agreement’ of hips and shoulders. On a Left Slide, you will execute the same movement with your foot and your hips facing to the left, but your shoulders will face front, a ‘disagreement’ of the hips and shoulders.

In this picture, courtesy of Vimeo, you can see the woodwind players at front sliding to their right (your left). There are also three brass players sliding as well in the top left of the photo. And yes, Drillers can slide too- it just takes imagination on how to use this technique appropriately.