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Fundamentals

Attention

Posture:

Heels together, toes together

Legs straight, knees not locked

Hips above ankles

Shoulders back and down

Head above the horizon

Ten Hut

Parade Rest

Left leg moves out on “REST,” while right remains stationary

Feet shoulder width apart

Left hand: behind back in blade, parallel to the ground, thumb on top of the blade

Right hand: Instrument carriage depends on section

Ten Hut

Facings

Moves should be very crisp! Snap everything!

Right Face:

Rotate right foot (on heel) 90 degrees to the right, while rotating the left foot (on toe) at the same time. Torso moves to the right with feet. 

Snap Left foot forward to meet the right on count two. 

Right Face

Left Face:

Rotate left foot (on heel) 90 degrees to the left, whie rotating the right foot (on toe) at the same time. Torso moves to the left with feet. 

Snap Right foot forward to meet the left on count two. 

Left Face

About Face: 

Count 1: Right Leg straight in front (22.5 inch step) with toe pointed.

Count 2: Pivot over left shoulder 180 degrees on balls of feet, make sure weight is evenly distributed between feet.

Count 3: Bring right foot up to close.

About Face

Low Mark Time

Heels two inches off the ground. 

Kneecaps covers tip of toes

Toes never leave the ground

Motion should be fluid and continuous especially in the knees.

Left heel preps on "And" and goes down on "One"

Keep Time: Heel Comes up on "and" and goes down on the beat. When one heel is in the air, the other should be planted. Both heals are NEVER off the ground. 

Left Face 

High Mark Time

AND: Lift left leg up so thigh is parallel to ground, toe is pointed down (relaxed, ankle is not locked)

ONE: Left foot hits ground toe first.

With fast tempo, ensure that calves are still extended out (see below). Don’t tuck under the knee.

High Mark Time

 

Thigh nearly parallel to the ground, calf extended.

Ankle relaxed, toe pointed down naturally.

 

Low Forward March

Remember mark time fundamentals
apply to forward march.

Heel hits the ground on the beat. 

Roll heel to tow - every part of the foot touches the ground. 

Pretend you are squeezing a tube of toothpast smoothly on the ground. 

Keens bend slightly with each step. 

Upper body is stationary.

High Mark Time

High Forward March

Remember mark time fundamentals
apply to forward march.

Thigh parallel to the ground, foot relaxed and dangling, toe pointed down

No Stomping. Use ball of foot to absorb impact and roll to heel during motion. 

Avoid "C-Back" Torso us upright, do not lean back or forward. 

Bring knee up as if pulled by a string. 

Ensure that calf if kicked out at a positive angle to body. 

High Mark Time

Backward March

Remember mark time fundamentals
apply to forward march.

"And" - Up on balls of feet.

"One" - 22.5 inch step backward with left foot

Heels DO NOT touch the ground

Upper body is stationary.

Do not drag feet along ground

Pro-tip: 22.5 inch steps feel unnaturally large when backward marching. 

Backward

 

 

 

 

 

Second video is backward march from a Halt to emphasize the up on AND.

To the Rear (TTR)

Right toe plants at anchor point

Pivot over left shoulder 180 degrees on balls of feet, evenly distribute weight to balance. 

As you turn, perform a horn flash (lift instrument up as defined by section) 

Left leg comes up parallel to ground (in high step) read for next step in opposite direction.

Similar to an About Face but "on the move" on in one count. 

Up Step Forward Back Turn Together

Up: Up to high march position with left thigh parallel to ground, toe pointed

Step: Left foot hits ground (22.5 inch) forward

Forward: Right leg straight in front (22.5 inch) with toe pointed, heel off the ground.

Back: Right leg straight back behind (22.5 inch) with toe pointed to ground, heel of of ground.

Turn: Pivot over right shoulder 180 degrees on balls of feet, make sure weight is distributed evenly between feet. 

Together: Bring left foot up to close. 

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