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H O R N L I N E   W A R M -U P S

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C H O R D   S E Q U E N C E S

Welcome to our marching warm-ups resource page. To access a complimentary copy of each exercise, click on the "Hornline" button for marching band, or on "Brassline" for brass/corps only.

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Marching Band nd Drum Corps Marching Warmups
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MARCHING & PLAYING EXERCISES

CHORALE IN A FLAT

This exercise for Hornline can be performed in your warm-up arc, treating each bar as a fermata, or simply conducting a rubato tempo. Additionally, this exercise is designed to be played in tempo, while marching the "Madison Scouts Block" visual exercise. This exercise will aid your Hornline in the shaping of the music while moving their feet. Attached with the score is the suggested visual "roadmap" for the "Chorale In Ab" played while marching the "Madison Scouts Block". Additionally, double barlines in the music indicate direction changes.

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PSA's [Plus Sequence]

This exercise for Hornline can be performed in your warm-up arc while marking time. Additionally, this exercise is designed to be played while marching the “ABBA Block” visual exercise. This exercise will aid your Hornline in timing and articulation while in movement, arriving at an ensemble push. Attached to the score you will find the suggested visual "roadmap" for the "Partial Slurs and Articulation" played while marching the “ABBA Block”. Additionally, double barlines in the music indicate direction changes.

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ROTARY Exercise

This Hornline exercise is designed to be played while marching the "Rotary" visual exercise. The music will aid your Hornline in timing and articulation while executing movement into all slides, arriving at an ensemble push. Attached you will find visual instructions to go with the score.

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SWIVEL Exercise

This Hornline exercise is designed to be played while executing the "Swivel" visual exercise. The music will aid your Hornline in timing and balanced structuring of chords while practicing proper posture into slides and box angles. Attached you will find visual instructions to go with the score.

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TRAFFIC! Exercise

This exercise for Hornline is specifically written to be marched and played to the marching exercise “Traffic!”. Multiple direction changes, combined with musical technique, expression, and an ensemble push will aid your Hornline in recognizing phrasing in movement. This combined exercise is great for teaching the concept of marching and playing your drill and maximizing that technique. Attached to the score you will find the suggested visual “roadmap” for “Traffic!” while marching and playing. Additionally, double barlines in the music indicate direction changes.

 

**Addendum: For visual runs only, you can set your members in 2 step intervals across (small ranks of 3 or 4), stepping off from the same/shared start point every 8 counts for the visual “traffic” effect.**

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P L A Y I N G   E X E R C I S E S

METHOD & BALANCE

This exercise explores more tonguing and slurring techniques with a sequence allowing the conductor to hold chords for balance issue & resolve in all dynamic ranges.

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MODE-TICULATE

This Hornline exercise is designed to work changing articulations and scales in every mode of Bb.

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MODE-TICULATE: Full Mode

This Hornline exercise is designed to work changing articulations and scales in every mode of Bb. This is the extended version of Mode-ticulate.

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PSA's 2 [Plus Sequence]

PSA's 2 with focus on lip slurs in the brass and chromatic scales in the woodwinds with a Chord Sequence to close the exercise

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Variation on a CHORALE IN A FLAT

This exercise explores a variation on our warm-up "Chorale In Ab", with tonguing techniques in the brass and extended chords in the woodwinds. Just like "Chorale In Ab", this exercise can be played while marking time in your warmup arc, or while marching the Madison Scouts Block. Please download "Chorale In Ab" for a suggested visual roadmap if you wish to have your ensemble march and play this exercise.

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SEQUENCES  &  CHORALES

AMOEBEAN SEQUENCE

This alternate scale sequence in A flat makes for a perfect on field warm up!

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BACH SEQUENCE

This warm up sequence makes for a perfect control and balance exercise, written in D Minor with a Bb Major Chord climax point. Perfect for on field warm-ups.

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CHORALE SPM

Chorale in Eb, exploring chord extensions.

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NEXUS OF B FLAT

This sequence explores the dissonance and resolution of chords, maintaining Bb as the primary element. Perfect as an on-field warm up!

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