• themorningblock
7 episodes
Hello! Welcome to The Morning Block! It's the first block of the day. This is a weekly show where we answer questions about pageantry and the marching arts. We will take a deep dive into topics we've all been wondering and dreaming about over the years. "What if DCI had an NFL style draft?" We'll conceptualize and make a plan to put that system in place. Join us every week to talk shop about the activity we all love and know.

Episodes

Do You Know All This Band Lingo? (Game)
2021 Jan 1143m 59s
Is this episode we bring on Rachel Lyons, host Jake's wife, to see how many band vocabulary words she knows! The band world has its own jargon that people on the inside know but those not involved think sound like its own language. Play along and see how many words you know! Have an idea for an episode? Hit us up on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @VirtualArtsInc or via email at themorningblock@gmail.com The Morning Block Team:
Listener Episode- Answering Your Questions
2020 Dec 2143m
This episode is for the listeners. Jake and Chris sit down and answer your questions about the marching arts. From judging to auditions, we cover a lot in this episode! Have an idea for an episode? Hit us up on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @VirtualArtsInc or via email at themorningblock@gmail.com The Morning Block Team:
Can you pay your bills with just marching band?
2020 Dec 1449m 36s
Are you one of those people that absolutely loves marching band? You eat, sleep and breathe band and wish your hobby could become your career that pays your bills? In this episode of The Morning Block we dive into 4 different ways you can pay your bills with just marching band. We interview Kali Ridal, professional snare drummer from Odesza, Kendra Wendeln, full time designer, and Eric Carr, Marine DBC quad drummer and YouTuber.  Have an idea for an episode? Hit us up on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @VirtualArtsInc or via email at themorningblock@gmail.com The Morning Block Team:
Your Favorite WGI Group Gets More Free Gear Than Beyoncé
2020 Dec 0738m 7s
When you audition for and make an independent world WGI group it's easy to take for granted the amazing instruments you get to play in. Chances are if that group is in the top 10 they didn't pay for it either. In this episode we learn about how top WGI groups get MORE free stuff than mainstream artists like Beyoncé. We get to hear from a Crossmen alum and current Sennheiser rep, Brian Dougherty about crazy stories of delivering mics to J-Lo and Beyonce about how brand deals work. Have an idea for an episode? Hit us up on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @VirtualArtsInc or via email at themorningblock@gmail.com The Morning Block Team:
Is drum corps bad for you?
2020 Nov 3048m 9s
We all know a drum corps or indoor age out who's always moaning and groaning about their achy body. Are they being dramatic or is drum corps really that bad for you? In this episode we run down the list of all possible aspects that could be bad for you and potential solution. We also interview Dr. Elliot Cleveland of Marching Health to get down to the real science of band and how we can all facilitate a safer season for the staff and members.
Will DCI Survive Coronavirus?
2020 Nov 2332m 19s
It's been a crazy time since the world shut down back in March. With the DCI 2020 tour getting cancelled and the coronavirus at its peak, it leaves us wondering if a DCI 2021 tour will happen or worse yet if Drum Corps International as a non-profit will survive. In this episode we discuss the gritty roots of drum corps and some of the positives that have transpired in this strange year. We also interview Joe Roach, Corps Director of Music City Drum Corps for some insight on the DCI 2021 season and what's in store for the members. Have an idea for an episode? Hit us up on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @VirtualArtsInc or via email at themorningblock@gmail.com The Morning Block Team:
What if DCI had an NFL style draft?
2020 Nov 1333m 22s
What if DCI had an NFL style draft? This is an idea that has interested hosts Jake Lyons and Chris Parker for nearly a decade. The NFL and DCI share the same stage, a dedicated fan base, and extremely high performing people, so why shouldn't they share the same style draft? Learn how we would structure a combine, draft, and try to level the playing field amongst all of the drum corps. Have an idea for an episode or the DCI draft? Hit us up on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @VirtualArtsInc or via email at themorningblock@gmail.com The Morning Block Team:
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