Take the time to work with the drum major to insure that you have the proper tempo. When a
piece is played too slow, your team will lose energy as well as concentration. If it is played too fast, it will cause sporadic
delays with some that cannot keep up. Choose music that will uplift the
audience as well as your team.
When you have chosen your prop and music, start with a central idea or
focus on the general presentation of the routine. Chart the music to find
the high points, sections, chorus and special focal points. Place your visual ideas on paper along with the compatible spots on your music chart.
Now you are ready to actually begin your physical choreography. Always use
your prop during creative choreography as many times what is visual in your
mind may not always physically work out. Make sure that the steps of the routine connect smoothly and that the routine has a smooth flow. Have
several focal points during the routine that will keep the audience entertained. Build to a final focal point for an ending that will create a
visual "picture" to leave with the audience.
To polish your prop routine, each team member must have the actual prop
to work with. Make sure that you have spent ample rehearsal time with your
prop so that the correct body and prop placement may be clarified when polishing the routine. Remember that the total presentation of a routine is
measured by the sharpness of the performance and that your team members will
be more confident if they have spent the appropriate amount of preparation.
When constructing your props, make sure that you have used sturdy
materials that will hold up to the practice, transporting, storing and performance of their use. Make sure to store your props properly so that
they will be in their best condition when needed for routines. Many teams
will rent mini-warehouse storage to store their props during off season. Always make sure to have your managers inventory and check the condition of
all props at least three to four weeks ahead of their use so that any additions or reconstruction can be taken care of before they are needed.
Prop routines can be the highlight of your performance season. They
are always the most visual and entertaining of all routines. Use your creative imagination when planning for their use and
you will always have satisfying results!