You know, as a director of a unit that I teaching in which I write all of my owns shows from the music to the drill, and do all of my own design work, I was one that was very put off by seeing repeat WGI winning shows being played (ie. purchased from Box 6). I just know how much work I put into doing my own thing and creating something new. BUT, as I think more about this, I have come to the conclusion that that is flawed thinking. You have to go back to the root of this activity. The purpose is to give kids the opportunity to be a part of the indoor purcussion activity. Do you really think that a group that is learning a fresh never seen concept is getting any different of an educational experience than a group that is playing a previously written and performed show that has been tailored to their needs? Both groups are learning to march, play, and strive for excellence. It is not the kids fault that some of them don't have staff that can design original shows. I think this issue really comes from the fact that people are making this activity about the plastic trophies. People that have spent time designing something new don't like being beat by groups that are doing redone shows. The fact of the matter is, the focus should be on the education and experience. The reward of a trophy SHOULD go to the group that plays and marches the best, not the group that has the "freshest" design. Now, does that mean that I am going to stop trying to be fresh and innovative with my group...NO!!!! But I can look past the whole prepackaged show debate.
10. Ethics Rule Regarding Copying Shows (Guard & Percussion Rule Book) Submitted by Chris Putnam, Odessa HS Proposal: Add the following paragraph to Section VII. of the Guard Rule Book and Section X. ... more
Liked your comment "it's about education and experience" not about "stupid trophies". Finally some reason from someone!!! The one item I did not like: you learning to march before learning to play.... more
the students in a group that has thousands of dollars to hire a show creator are no more creative than one that sees some cool ideas on youtube. Good musicians borrow--great musicians steal. Always... more