As an instructor, you love your students, but every once in a while you have some really special ones who go above and beyond all expectations.
In this case, that was years ago at J. W. Mitchell High School with one of our students Gina Cilluffo. She was a great leader, and one day showed us a list she made of "Successful Habits For The Marching Percussionists". It was a list of guidelines to use to maintain the standard of excellence the drumline had developed over the years.
As we read through it we could see our influence through the values she had on the page. And when you're a teacher, all you can ask for is that your students take what you give them and run with it.
So here is the list of things Gina came up with as a set of guidelines for her fellow band mates. Maybe you already share the same values? Or maybe this can be a new list you can use with your crew. Either way, this is a great reminder to live a lifestyle of greatness and that what we do in this activity is so much more than just playing music or performing. Enjoy.
SUCCESSFUL HABITS FOR THE MARCHING PERCUSSIONISTby Gina Cilluffo (@gacilluffo)
1. Come to rehearsal. Full attendance at a rehearsal is CRUCIAL to the development of any ensemble.
2. REHEARSAL STARTS BEFORE REHEARSAL STARTS. Always show up early to stretch and do a few reps on your own.
3. Wear the correct rehearsal attire. (Athletic Clothing)
4. Be prepared. Have all of your gear, PARTICULARLY your water jug.
5. Be proactive. Maintain equipment, help someone who is struggling on a segment, hold your subsection responsible for their attendance, think of a potential problem & solve it, etc.
6. Keep up mental focus. Clear your mind before rehearsal and leave all drama at the door. Nothing else exists when you are here, we have a job to do.
7. Discuss goals at the start of each rehearsal.
8. Always give 100% effort and energy.
9. KNOW YOUR MUSIC. KNOW IT. KNOW IT GOOD. GET NICE AND COZY WITH IT. TAKE IT TO HOMECOMING. LEARN IT PLEASE. Band Practice is not the time to be learning music.
10. ASK FOR HELP IF NEEDED.
11. Communicate on the field. (Counting & Dutting)
12. Eat healthy (Especially on rehearsal day. Sitting out because of something you ate earlier is unacceptable)
13. Take care of your bodies and protect yourself against sickness.
14. If you are sick, be prepared to face rehearsal. DayQuil, cough drops, etc. Being sick isn’t an excuse.
15. HYDRATE. HYDRATE. HYDRATE.
16. Actually stretch! (Not just going through the motions in stretch block)
17. Get good sleep the night before rehearsal.
18. Exercise outside of rehearsals (Don’t let practice be your conditioning for practice)
19. Don’t do anything dangerous or stupid before rehearsal. (or ever)
20. Practice with other people, especially within your subsections, outside of rehearsal. (a lot)
21. Practice in a mirror/record & critique yourself.
22. Practice so much at home that your personal playing ability is above the demand of your show music.
23. Memorize dynamics and heights. (And actually execute them)
24. Practice smart, daily.
25. Always practice with a metronome.
26. EVERY DAY IS A SHOW DAY!
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