The impressive performance of marching band depends on the coordination as well as the musical skills among the musicians. Strong foundation is the basic key of success. This can be reading of rhythm and pulse awareness to name a few.
There are a few important techniques which may be taken into consideration regarding rehearsals:
If the marching band is practicing for a certain section of the show, other members like choreographers should stand aside and tap musicians who make mistakes like faulty steps, instrument held in improper position etc. The tapped musicians should be made to leave the group while the others should perform. The musicians who have committed a mistake should be briefed and then once again the whole procedure is started. This can be done as many times as possible. This strategy will make the performers aware of their mistakes.
Instruments should have rhythm and the marching band musicians should perform according to the tune of the whole group. Removal of percussion fragment from musical mix will help the musicians to balance the rhythm. Regular practice combined with guidance by the choreographer or coordinator will help the total group in this aspect.
The best form of rehearsal for the marching band would be to make a marching rehearsal without their instruments, but they should visually interact with band members.
The key to best performances are the marching basics block. Simple blocks make the musicians concentrate on placement of foot, upper and lower body technique, changes in direction etc.
It is also important to stress that different situations may need various types of attention and modification, so it is better to keep a calm mind and do right things at the right time.
The excellent path to impressive performance of the marching band is the number of practice sessions. The choreographer or coordinator should take steps to make the participants know the why, how, doing it wrong and steps to get the rhythm right to have an excellent performance. If one person is off, the entire band could be off.
Choreograph takes patience and dedication. You’re not going to learn this in one day, possibly not even in one week. It all depends on how much work you put into learning the steps. This should be practiced every single day, even when you’re not actually on the field.
For more information, make sure to visit your music teacher within your school.