Why Be Musical? You Be the Judge!

Okay, gang, I have for you here a great little study on musicality and it’s importance.

The following performances are done to the same piece of music. Both performances are amazing and demonstrate some crazy stuff. Surely, you’ll be impressed with both of them.

But……..your knowledge of musicality will probably lead you to LOVE one performance and RESPECT the other.

This study will drive home the concept that simpler content done MUSICALLY increases the VALUE of the overall performance. Right? When does amazing content upstage musicality? Should it ever?

So, after watching both performances, who wins???

I encourage some great dialog on this viewing!! Let’s hear from YOU!

Dale White

His pageantry career began as a baton twirler under the tutelage of Fred Miller, director of the famed Miller’s Blackhawks. Mr. White won numerous State and National championships as a competitive baton twirler. His teaching career in the sport of baton twirling has spanned some 30 years, producing a multitude of National and World champions. In addition, his membership with the United States Twirling Association, as well as the World Baton Twirling Federation, has taken him to some 15 countries instructing and judging. Currently, he serves as USA Judges Rep for the World Baton Twirling Federation and is contributing to the development of the new judging system. As an adjudicator, Dale is currently on the roster of Winter Guard International as well as the Ohio Music Educators Association. His focused area of adjudication is General Effect, Color Guard, and Visual captions where he has over 20 years of experience. In the 2009 season of WGI, he served as Chief Judge Administrator. In addition, Mr. White mentors young judges.

5 thoughts on “Why Be Musical? You Be the Judge!

  • January 16, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Wonderful, uplifting, inspiring! Musicality was incredibly impressive and gave us poetry and flair with the sustained consistency from beginning to end. As the music changed…built to crescendo, dwindled to diminuendo, jazzed and percussed, both performers matched it aurally and visually with levels, density, simplicity, complexities, and all this variation within the demand. The skill was apparent and the viewer got zing, pazazz, and artistry because of the musicality.

  • January 20, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Although the 2nd juggler juggles more balls and does harder stuff, the first juggler increases the value of his performance by incorporating musicality into the mix. For me, it’s a more complete performance as a result. And in regard to Carrie’s observations……..I am sooooo jealous of the vocabulary you bring to the mix!

  • January 21, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Well, I think the second guy feels like he has a point to prove by using the same music but doing harder tricks. For me though it falls rather flat in comparison to the first 3 ball juggler, who is SO musical. There isn’t a single wasted note in the piece. Those long guitar twangs, and musical rallentandos are all dealt with so nicely, with some lovely whimsical moments, and I think the perfomer really becomes one with the music.

    The second guy has CRAZY skills and would probably suit doing something in more of a sk8erboy style than this lyrical, melodic piece. Personally, I think it depends what we’re judging, and if we’re judging just skill, hand eye co-ord. and speed, then there’s no need for musical choreography; the performers should switch the music off and perform a sequence. In this instance though, we’re judging a complete performance choreographed to music, and the first guy, (Chris Bliss) it seems, has so much more in the way of finesse, completion of ideas with great technique, and attention to musical detail. As a result, for me he was more entertaining and better to watch. A seemingly effortless, but breathtaking show.

    There has been some snobbery amongst jugglers about 3 ball juggling, but here’s another very musical performance from Crique D.S, much of it done with only one ball which might warrant a comment or two:

  • January 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Thanks for that insight, Karl! And thanks for the Cirque post, as well!!


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