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Important Message!!

General tips to help improve scores and performance effect!

This is just a section on how to improve scores and to make a more drastic impact on the audience! These tips do not guarantee a better score, but it will help with the impact of your show!

1. Look up! Don't stare at the ground or at the other guard members! This tip in itself will help your effect greatly! Use the press box as a general focus point. Look up toward the press box and smile at the judges up there!

2. Whatever type of work your show consists of, adding body and expression ALWAYS helps! It's one thing to know all your counts and all your work. It's quite another when you put expression into it! A whole entire guard could be perfectly in time and throw perfect 8's on weapons, but if they don't express any emotion to the crowd and to the judges, their point score is going to suffer and it'll certainly show up on the judges' tapes.

3. Smile! Or if your show isn't that kind of show, look like you're having fun! What good is colorguard if you don't have any fun? Remember, there are potential colorguard recruits out there and they want know if colorguard's fun and enjoyable!

4. If you mess up a toss or some stuff in your work, move on! Don't be all mad and stuff! Well at least don't show your anger! Judges like it when you move on and get back in without a thought after you mess up. In my sophomore year, during a duet, I slipped and fell on my butt right in front of a judge. I just got right back up and went on, and that was commended in the judge tape. Relax! It's ok if you mess up!

5. Don't give dirty looks to other guard/band members. This is a really big issue. Many many bands don't have the manners or the discipline to give other bands respect. Even if they talk crap to you about your band/guard, ignore them. It's the mature thing to do. Remember, you are representing your guard, your band, your school and above all, yourself!

More to come soon!