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Monday, October 13, 2008


The PMC Quick Note is a weekly service provided to all area directors.  It is part of our mission to support the lives of band directors across the Midwest.  The weekly Quick Note contains helpful tips and suggestions from area directors, spotlights on area college and university band programs, calendars of upcoming events, advocacy articles promoting music education, links to helpful web resources, and much more.  Comments, suggestions, ideas, and articles are always welcome.


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Drum Major Salutes by Randy Gilmore

Q:  I've seen so many different "salute" styles over the years. What is the best style to use?

A: The drum major's salute should be in keeping with the style and "look" of the drum major uniform. The drum major should salute in the style and character of his/her costume. For most uniforms, it is best to keep it simple with a classical out-and-up salute or even a concert-like bow.

Also, you need to make sure the salute makes sense with the attitude of your show. Everything contributes (or detracts) from the telling of your story, so make sure this piece fits with the rest of the whole.

Whatever salute you choose, it must be well rehearsed and performed with great confidence. Still, if I were to give an opinion, I'd say, keep it simple. Get it over with and get on with the show!

PMC would like to thank Randy Gilmore of Marching Show Concepts for his permission to include this material in our weekly Quick Note.

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