Indoor Tarp Design Tips and Tricks

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Your tarp is the biggest element for establishing the visual identity of your ensemble. Here are some tips and tricks to make sure its as effective as it can be: Before you start making decisions about your floor, think about your rehearsal spaces. Are you able to rehearse in your band room? If so, what are the measurements of the room. We all fight for rehearsal space/time. The more rooms you fit in the better. Other things to consider for size of the tarp: Size of the ensemble Budget (tarp companies charge per square foot) Props size/location Don’t use a…

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Beginner’s Guide to Drill Writing – Pt 2

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Step 2 – Getting set up in Pyware At this point, we’re finally ready to open Pyware and get started. Adjusting your Numbers The first thing that I always do when starting a new file is open my template file. It’s much easier and faster to start off with a template file rather than create all of your instrumentation/labels manually each time you write. Here’s copies of my template file for various versions: JJVD Template Files. A few notes on my template file: I’ve created a copy in each version (down to version 5) using the version option in the Save…

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Beginner’s Guide to Drill Writing – Pt 1

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Writing drill is complicated on a bunch of fronts. To do it well, you’ve got to effectively address and manage a laundry list of requests and requirements from several different people. Then you have to use several different pieces of software (some of which are very complicated) and actually create something. It can all be really time consuming and intimidating. That’s why I’m going to put together some materials for those of you just getting started. My goals with this material: To create a simple, easy to follow guide that walks a novice through the process of writing drill. Document…

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