SG Director

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About SG Director

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    72-78, Pembroke Imperials, snare 03-08 Imperials mini-corps snare/percussion instructor, 09-present, Director, Standish Guards
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
    All of them!
  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Plymouth, MA
  1. RADICAL IDEA. Discuss.

    The problem we have with recruiting high school and college age members is that they can't go to DCA Championships without making a choice of band camps, classes or going to DCA. In my experience with local band teachers/directors, about 40% of them don't want anything to do with drum corps but most are receptive or sympathetic to our cause. Instead of offering a discount to students, why not offer one to educators? I know they are very busy that time of year but I'm sure some would take advantage of it. Perhaps many of the local teachers would be willing to bring students who show an interest to the championships just to check it out, and if the championships were rotated between 3-4 cities/areas, there would be a greater exposure to the local MB community. We're willing to travel where ever the championships are held but when Labor Day falls late it's difficult to depend on a certain number of members going.
  2. The Standish Guards of Plymouth, MA is looking for a volunteer brass instructor to help us build our horn line this summer. This could turn into a permanent paid position in the future. We have a competitive percussion ensemble that has been very active the past 5 years and there are a number of local horn players waiting in the wings. Lots of new ideas just waiting to be tried and we are very open to new things. Charts and instruments available with more on the way. Currently competing in DCA, BHoF and now with SDCA. Easy and fun with a low weekly commitment. Help us bring a full corps to Plymouth. Contact Dennis O'Neill, Corps Director visit our website or our facebook page or follow us on twitter. We are dedicated group and will continue our pursuit of building a full corps. www.standishguards.org 781-217-5730
  3. Brass Players Wanted in Plymouth

    The Standish Guards is looking for brass players in the Plymouth, MA area to join with our percussion ensemble to help build a competitive corps for 2015. You have seen our drumline compete in DCA, Bugler's Hall of Fame and now with SDCA and you know that we are commited to participating in these competitions. You can choose one of two seasons, winter/spring or summer/fall or do both. We are a fun group looking to play new and different songs and try new things but we need a dedicated horn line to make this happen. We have horns, uniforms, a great place to practice and all we need is you. Experienced player? Why not bring it and help out for a while. No experience, no problem we will work you in. Can't march DCI this year? Spend time with us and help us grow. Check out our website, www.standishguards.org or call 781-217-5730 or email standishguards@yahoo.com for more information. Also on facebook or follow us on twitter. Dennis O'Neill Director Standish Guards Drum and Bugle Corps, Inc.
  4. The Standish Guards of Plymouth, MA is looking for new members for it's 2014 season. In addition to competitions we have been asked to perform at a number of historic events and parades in the area. Brass, percussion and color guard are all welcome. We have been competing as a percussion ensemble for the past few seasons are more than ready to make to the jump to a full corps. We have equipment inculuding a ful battery of drum and a growing inventory of horns. Whether you're an experienced performer or new to the game, we have an easy schedule with fun songs and maybe a few new ideas to try. Practices are held every Tuesday evening, 7-8:30 at the Plymouth Community Intermediate School, 117 Long Pond Rd. Plymouth in the band room. With the growth of mini-corps in the area we are looking forward to making this next step. Dennis O'Neill, Director www.standishguards.org 781-217-5730 standishguards@yahoo.com
  5. The Standish Guards of Plymouth, MA, a small but growing corps, is looking for a volunteer color guard instructor for 2013. We have long term goals of bringing a competitive field corps with some new and different ideas. If you live near Plymouth county please feel free to contact me. Dennis O'Neill, Director, Standish Guards Inc. wwww.standishguards.org 781-217-5730
  6. Brass Players needed in Plymouth

    The Standish Guards of Plymouth would like to invite any brass players in the area to come on down January 29th, who would like to help out a growing corps to compete in two Bugler's Hall of Fame shows. We have an instructor and a few committed players to go along with our growing drum line and need a few more to compete as a mini corps for these shows. If you are an experienced player, then you only need to come to a few practices to run over the songs. The songs are fairly easy, fun and the main goal is to be able to perform. We have some new and used horns ready to go and will be purchasing more. We have some great ideas for the future and this next step will go a long way to help bring a competitive corps to Plymouth. Practices are held every Tuesday, 7pm, at the Plymouth Community Intermediate School, 117 Long Pond Rd. in the band room. Everyone is welcome. The percussion section will be competing in Springfield, 2/9, hope to see you there. Dennis O'Neill, Director, Standish Guards. www.standishguards.org 781-217-5730
  7. The Standish Guards of Plymouth, will be hosting their annual Open House, Sunday May 20, 1pm at the VFW Post 1822, 22 Seven Hills Rd. Plymouth, MA, 02360. There will be performances, refreshments, try outs and maybe a drum battle or two plus more. Even though we are a small group, we are growing, are determined to compete, have been purchasing new horns, have aquired more percussion and most important; we will be going to Annapolis for DCA! Our goals are simple, to compete whenever we can, play great music as best we can and of course have fun doing so. So if you are in the Plymouth area come on down and say hi, we have a great group of people and all are welcome. Happy Mother's Day! Dennis O'Neill Director Standish Guards Drum and Bugle Corps, Inc 781-217-5730 msg line
  8. Difference in finish

    Thanks everyone for all your help. Very informative! Dennis Standish Guards
  9. Difference in finish

    I have a small start up corps here in Plymouth. Being a drummer for almost 40 years I know minimal about brass instruments. As we are gathering funds for purchasing horns, is there a difference in the sound if the finish is sivler plate, nickel, chrome or brass lacquer? Have any corps fielded brass lacquer finish? thanks, Dennis Standish Guards
  10. The Standish Guards of Plymouth, MA is looking for more brass players for the Buglers Hall of Fame show in April. We have an instructor, are purchasing horns, (if you have your own that would be a big help!) charts for 2 songs and a drumline that's eager to play. We need 7-8 more and we will be able to perform our first performance as a mini-corps. If you live near Plymouth we will be practicing Thursday evenings at the Plymouth Community Intermediate School, 117 Long Pond Rd. from 7pm-8:30. Percussion and Color Guard always welcome. Dennis O'Neill Director Standish Guards Inc. standishguards@yahoo.com 781-217-5730 msg
  11. A great show last year and the Standish Guards percussion ensemble and individuals will be there again this year. Looking foward to it! Dennis O'Neill Director Standish Guards
  12. The Standish Guards Drum and Bugle Corps of Plymouth, MA is proud to announce Andy Shaw as our new brass instructor for 2012. Andy is a graduate of Bridgewater State University and works for the Plymouth Schools as a music teacher. We are currently raising funds for more horn purchases and recruiting anyone, any age or experience, to give us a try. Our goal is to have enough members for a mini-corps, play good songs and have fun. As I have stated before, we intend to compete, no matter how many members we have and we will be going to Annapolis. Also our percussion section will be competing at the Bugler's Hall of Fame shows in Springfield, Boston and Bridgeport. We are growing with 10 drummers and only a handul of horns, but we are steadily getting there! Anyone looking to join us feel free to contact me. Dennis O'Neill Director Standish Guards, Inc. standishguards@yahoo.com 781-217-5730
  13. Buglers Hall of Fame Springfield Regional

    We had a great time last year and wouldn't miss it! Our percussion ensemble has been working very hard and for some of our drummers this will be their very first taste of competition. Good luck everyone! Dennis O'Neill Standish Guards
  14. Centurions January Rehearsal Schedule

    Good luck Centurions in 2012! Dennis Standish Guards, Plymouth, MA
  15. Tom Peashey OK after surgery

    Get well soon from all of us here in Plymouth. Dennis O'Neill Standish Guards