Free Resources for Band Directors

2020 was tough. So each month in 2021, we’re giving away free resources and videos that we think you’ll enjoy and find helpful. Stay tuned on this page and via email for the latest from the team here at Ultimate Drill Book.

March Resources

DCI & UDB partner up to help you #BeBandReady

Be Band Ready is an engaging 10-week, participatory and fun campaign that will be completely free for everyone.  Launching this Thursday March 4th, #bebandready includes lessons for brass, woodwinds, percussion, colorguard, conducting, leadership, and more.

Free Visual Exercise

The UDB Moves Me Virtual Curriculum is a collection of the foundational elements of marching, movement, and choreography for today’s contemporary marching ensemble. Through collaboration with some of the world’s finest movement instructors, this 12 module, 50+lesson curriculum is the first-of-its-kind and is tailored for directors and students to learn using their UDBapp subscription.

First, second, third, fourth, parallel first, and parallel second positions are explained and reviewed in this video. 

Pyware Night School

Each Wednesday, our great friends at Pyware hold a free night school session that focuses developing drill writing skills.

Even if you have never written a page of drill, these sessions are a great launch pad for learning basic skills that can help your band.

Sign up for Pyware Night School

February Resources

Bluecoats sideline cam

Every summer, we’re fortunate to be around some of the world’s best performers.  

This clip shows what it’s like to be on the sideline, sharing the energy with everyone as The Bluecoats end their incredible 2019 production!

Free Slides Exercise

The UDB Moves Me Virtual Curriculum is a collection of the foundational elements of marching, movement, and choreography for today’s contemporary marching ensemble. Through collaboration with some of the world’s finest movement instructors, this 12 module, 50+lesson curriculum is the first-of-its-kind and is tailored for directors and students to learn using their UDBapp subscription.

This exercise from Module 2 covers the mechanics needed to successfully achieve slides for wind players.

UDB + Pyware Spring Deal

Get a head start on training your band this spring.

Grab UDBapp and the UDB Virtual Curriculum for $5, licenses good until July 1, 2021.

Even better: You can get a copy of Pyware for a cool $75.

Get offer

January Resources

Japanese Elementary School Marching Band

Each year, over 100 bands compete at the JMBA National Championships in Saitama, Japan. In coordination with the launch of the Japanese version of UDBapp, we are fortunate to visit with many schools and observe their rehearsals.

We hope you enjoy these scenes from rehearsal with the Asukano Kawai Daisan Heguri Minami Combined Elemantary School Marching Band in Nara, Japan.

Free Visual Exercise

The UDB Moves Me Virtual Curriculum is a collection of the foundational elements of marching, movement, and choreography for today’s contemporary marching ensemble. Through collaboration with some of the world’s finest movement instructors, this 12 module, 50+lesson curriculum is the first-of-its-kind and is tailored for directors and students to learn using their UDBapp subscription.

This hybrid exercise from Module 2 combines marching, tendu, and passé.

Learn how to write drill

Each Wednesday, our great friends at Pyware hold a free night school session that focuses developing drill writing skills.

Even if you have never written a page of drill, these sessions are a great launch pad for learning basic skills that can help your band.

Sign up for Pyware Night School

March Resources

Free UDBapp Demo Accounts

How to get your free account

  • Download UDBapp from the app store.
  • Click on “Don’t have an account? Sign-up”
  • Enter Ensemble Code (case sensitive) – udbappdemo
  • Enter Ensemble Password (case sensitive) – udbappdemo
  • Create a new personal account to use with UDBapp

Want to test UDBapp with your full band? Contact us for a free trial.

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