Dance And Flag Theme Ideas For Band Flag Squads

The band flag squad, also known as the color guard, is one of the most important aspects of a great marching band. They transform the group from geek to chic with their graceful dancing and their flowing flags.

The band flag squad, also known as the color guard, is one of the most important aspects of a great marching band. They transform the group from geek to chic with their graceful dancing and their flowing flags. Thanks to the band flag squad, watching a marching band is a theatrical experience. Here are a few ideas for the dance and flag theme that are sure to impress your audience:

SUNSHINE AND RAIN

Having two opposites in your flag theme is a good idea because you can change the flags when the music takes a shift in tone. During upbeat, light or triumphant parts of the performance, the flag squad can dance with the sunshine flags. When the music gets darker and more melancholy or somber, the stormy rain flags should be used. To create sunshine flags, purchase 4'x6' rectangles in both light blue and white fabric. Choose a light, flowing material - ideally something waterproof and durable as well so that you can keep them in good shape for the season. Sew the two pieces together so that they are like a pillowcase (one end open). By leaving an end open, you are allowing the flag to act as a wind tunnel as well, which is a cool visual effect. On the white side of the flag, mount a large round piece of bright yellow felt. Securely attach the felt piece with glue. On the light blue side, you are going to create a sky look with some white clouds. Dip a sponge into white fabric paint, blot, and then pat onto the blue fabric to create some light scattered clouds.

On the open side of the flag, affix strings to the top and bottom of the flag by sewing on ribbons. Then, tie the ribbons tightly to a pole to complete the flag. To create the stormy rain flags, cut 1'x6' strips of black, gray, and dark blue fabric, and attach them tightly to a flag pole. You can also add some glitter to the strips in a dark blue shade to make it look even more dramatic.

BIG STAR

One of the ways to produce a dramatic effect with a flag is by having the flag squad make a tent over the band with a gigantic star flag. After the band is covered by the elaborate flag, the flag squad dances away from the band and reveals them underneath. This is a real crowd pleaser. To accomplish this impressive feat, you have to construct a star-shaped flag that is large enough to cover the entire band on the field. You will have to take measurements during a squad practice so that you do not make a star that is too small. The star should have the traditional five points. Cut the star down the center so that it is in two halves, each the mirror image of the other. At each point of the star halves and at each vertex between the points, attach a pole to the underside of the flag, so that once all the poles are attached, the star can be lifted up above the heads of the band members and held in a taut position. Ideally, there should be two flag squad members per flag pole. The way to make this move work is to have it set up at the very beginning of the performance. Once the show starts and the flag squad is ready to reveal the band below the gigantic star, have the squad members start from the inside points, and run to each subsequent point to pull sail the flag off the field.

FLOWERS AND VINES

Floral themes are a great option because they allow the use of a lot of bright and bold colors. Bright colors always serve the purpose of making a performance more exciting and compelling. If you choose a floral theme, you should buy a fabric in an assortment of colors, and you should cut circles that are each 2' in diameter. Each circle is can be used either as a flower petal or as the center of a flower. Five flower petals should be sewn to each flower center (therefore, you need six circles per flag). Attach the flower flags to a flag pole, and then wrap some artificial vines around the poles for a special touch.

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