Waikato Marching Association


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Technical Drill

Technical Drill routines are a performance of the traditional military-like style of marching of compulsory drills and set march plans.  A technical drill team comprises 7-10 marchers and performs a set Review and Inspection routine and a set March Plan routine comprising different types of drills and numbers of movements depending of the age grade performing. Technical Drill is precision in timing and spacing in movements, and the execution and correctness of the drills. 

Judging is an awarding system and the Technical Drill is judged from four judging positions.  Technical Judge A judges at the Review and Inspection and judges position in rank and files, Technical Judge B judges the upper body, hand grips arm-swings, Technical C Judge judges footwork and the Technical D Judge judges spacing and covering in formations.  Technical B,C,D Judges are seated at the rear of the field and judge during the set march plan routine.

Display March

The Display phase is designed for teams to perform with 7-14 marchers.  It is a routine of rhythmic movements to enhance the performance and is performed to the teams own choice of music. The Display should project the overall degree of excellence of the ‘picture' being presented, combined with the ‘look’ of the brilliance and versatility of the Team.  Artistic and gimmicky type movements are permissible provided that, dignity and modesty is maintained and marchers are not put at risk. A Display should have visual value and spectator appeal. Movements must correlate to the music and should demonstrate variety and versatility. Accessories, such as hoops, ribbons, flags, rifles etc may be used, but must enhance the overall presentation.  Teams may add to, change or remove items from their uniform (e.g. change glove colour, add capes etc) for Display and must be befitting the sport.

The Display March is judged from two judging positions, both from seated positions on the front boundary where they are able to view the display with an overall view of entertainment as seen by the public.