Items for Summer Band
Practice, Posture, Horn Moves, Movement
Commands & Useful Marching Terms
(Structure, Etiquette, Learning Drill, Individual Responsibilities,
Sequence count 1 count 2
count 4 count
To The Ready
Spoken by the Drum Major - Get into TTR position very
PA - RADE REST
Forward (or Backward) March
FOR - WARD
Spoken by the Drum Major
- Right foot stays in place. No Talking.
Spoken by the Drum Major - Fall out for
ALL CAPS TEXT ARE THE COMMANDS GIVEN,
lower case italic
is the smooth execution of
the move plus freezing on count 1.
(text in parentheses means perform with a quick snap
text in quotation marks indicates a vocal response from the
Step - moving from point A
to point B with step sizes that are equal. One trick to getting this right
is to visualize the halfway point and then be there by the time half the
counts are over.
Alignment - the
arrangement of two or more people in a form such that the form intersects
their bodies in the same way.
- designated block used for attendance and marching exercises.
Field--the side of the
field furthest from the audience.
vertical position of instruments while at attention with bells flat to the
Down - correcting the
alignment of the form front to back
Dot - individual set point that is placed
between the arches of the feet closest to the heels.
Dress - 1) person or point of reference in which
most or all of the members in the form must guide to. 2) the
left to right alignment of a form.
Eight-to-five--eight equal sized steps between every two yard lines. The size of
the step is 22 1/2 inches. This is the "normal" step size, but it will
rarely be used in our show. It is merely a reference for the several
possible sizes of adjusted step.
Follow The Leader
- marching in the exact path with the same step sizes of the performer
ahead of you.
Form - the
contour of a line as it defines shape either alone or in combination with
If you are "out
of the form", your position on the field is inconsistent with those near
File - a row of
marchers front to back (also called a row)
Front--the side of the field closest to the
Shift - on the move,
changing the direction of the lower body while leaving the upper body
facing the same direction.
Horn Angles -
both the angles and directions that you point your horns.
Interval - amount of space between you and the
marcher next to you.; measured in steps.
One More Time - alternative phrase for "Let's
do it again until we get it right!"
Phasing - timing errors due to feet moving at
different speeds resulting in musical and visual ensemble problems.
Plane - a flat surface determined by a minimum of
three points on the body. Two of these points will usually be the
shoulders. The third point may be the instep of the foot, the center
of the face, the left or right hip (when performing a slide), etc.
Rank - horizontal line of marchers left to right
in a block.
Arc - a symmetrical half
ellipse or half circle facing a designated focal point.
Ripple - any action done in a wave like fashion,
primarily used in rehearsal arc.
Set - 1) same
command as call to attention. 2) a chart of drill /
set point. (see Dot)
Side One - from
the audience perspective, it is the left side of the field. Also
Two - from the audience
perspective, it is the right side of the field. Also Side "B"
Spacing - putting an equal amount of distance
between you and the others around you.
Trail - marching with horns in the right hand at