SHOW DESIGN #1 – THEME or CONCEPT
Will the show be based on a theme? (i.e. “Children’s Songs” or “Themes from Great Movies” etc.)
Will the show be based on a story or concept?
Will the show simply consist of unrelated selections?
MARCHING BAND PHILOSOPHY:
Are you interested in winning shows with an amazing half-time show, or do you believe that marching band is meant to simply be entertainment at the football games? Both of these are valid philosophies and should be discussed with the arranger. This will give you and the arranger an idea of how difficult the show should be written and how best to maximize the “wow” factor of the show.
Based on your philosophy and knowledge of your students, how difficult do you want your show? Consider the length of the marching season, the abilities of your players, and the amount of time you have to practice. You may want various levels of difficulty for each section. Perhaps you have a strong brass section but a weak woodwind section. This would need to be taken into consideration by the arranger. Understanding the strengths and weaknesses within the marching band will help in creating a fabulous marching band show best suited to the many different talent levels of the musicians.
Be sure to discuss the length of the show you desire with the arranger.
FLOW OF THE SHOW:
The individual worksheets will help give the arranger most of what he or she needs to know; however, the more the arranger knows, the more he can craft a show that will give your band and the audience the best show possible. You might consider how the show should progress from selection to selection. Which are your strongest sections or who are your strongest players? Does your band have any weak sections? The number of instrumentalists per section does not always give the arranger enough with which to work. Make sure the arranger has all of the important information.