How The 1996 Blue Devils Changed My Life

I credit the summer of 1996 as the time when I decided to really take marching percussion seriously.

I mean, during my first few years in Band and Drumline, I thought it was pretty fun and I wanted to be good of course.

But when I went to my first Drum Corps Show at Cal State Fullerton and saw the Blue Knights rehearsing, I was amazed at the precision and high execution that was possible at the highest levels of the marching arts.

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Karl Arrieta
Remembering Minor Corps

As many Corps are releasing teaser trailers to their themes this year, it’s easy to get caught up in the Bluecoats, the Cavaliers, or even the Blue Devils. But take a second, open that YouTube app and look at some different Corps.

The lesser known ones.

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Karl Arrieta
How To Build Unity In Your Marching Arts Ensemble

Unity in your Marching Arts Ensemble is a very important aspect of any marching arts ensemble. After all, since you must function as a cohesive group, then you need to build the kind of chemistry that is necessary to have a good team.

So how do you build cohesion in any marching arts group? How do you build unity?

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Karl Arrieta
How To Deal With A Biased Drum Instructor

Sometimes you have to do a little bit of “politicking” and a little bit of butt kissing to make sure you are biased favorably, rather than being ignored by those in power.

I wish I could say it’s not how the world is…but that is how the world works.

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Karl Arrieta
Learn New Rudiments FASTER!

So in teaching Students for over 20 years, I’ve definitely learned a thing or two about how Students learn and why learning new actions can be so difficult.

Part of it is just their bodies (or specifically their hands for example) inability to execute an action we want it to do.

To deal with this, I have found a few techniques that seem to be pretty effective.

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Karl Arrieta
Get Rid of Traditional?

Actually, I might’ve meant to say, get rid of tradition.

Technically, my original POST on Instagram that caused so much controversy said “f*ck tradition.”

So why did I create that post in the first place?

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Karl Arrieta
Indoor Season Just Ended...Now What?

What a great indoor season we had this year!

Broken City set a new high scoring record with a first place finish of 98.850 and the previous record was set by RCC in 2015 with a score of 98.563.

But now that indoor season is over for your Ensemble, what’s next?

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Karl Arrieta