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7 Marching Band Personalities & How To Coach Them!


Marching Band Performers

Coaching a marching band requires understanding and navigating a diverse array of member archetypes. Each archetype comes with its own set of behaviors, motivations, and potential challenges. Below, we explore these archetypes with a focus on their presence in marching bands, including potential conflicts and strategies for effective coaching.


The Royal


  • Identifying Factors

    •  Charismatic leadership, influential.

  • Behavior Reasons: 

    • Driven by a sense of responsibility and a desire to lead.

  • Potential Conflicts:

    • May overshadow other members or clash with official leadership.

  • Coaching Strategies:

    • Empower with leadership roles that align with the band's direction. Encourage collaboration with band directors and mentorship of younger members to harness their influence positively.


The Maverick


  • Identifying Factors

    • Creative, challenges the norm.

  • Behavior Reasons: 

    • Motivated by innovation and a belief in doing things differently.

  • Potential Conflicts:

    • Their unconventional approaches may cause friction with more traditional band members or leadership.

  • Coaching Strategies:

    • Provide a platform for their creative ideas, while guiding them to align with the band's overall objectives. Encourage Mavericks to lead special projects like creating body movement where their creativity can flourish without disrupting core routines.



The Soldier


  • Identifying Factors

    • Dependable, disciplined.

  • Behavior Reasons: 

    • Driven by loyalty and a commitment to the group's success.

  • Potential Conflicts:

    • May become overburdened or feel unappreciated.

  • Coaching Strategies:

    • Recognize and reward their dedication publicly. Ensure they have clear tasks and goals, and check in regularly to prevent burnout.

The Technician


  • Identifying Factors

    • Detail-oriented, focused on mastery.

  • Behavior Reasons: 

    • A deep desire for personal and technical growth.

  • Potential Conflicts:

    • May become frustrated with the broader focus of the group or with members who do not share their attention to detail.

  • Coaching Strategies:

    • Assign roles that leverage their technical skills, such as section leader. Encourage them to conduct sectionals to elevate the overall technical standard of the band.



The Utilitarian


  • Identifying Factors

    • Team-first mindset, supportive.

  • Behavior Reasons: 

    • Finds fulfillment in the success of the group and in being a unifying force.

  • Potential Conflicts:

    • Risk of being overlooked or not fully utilizing their potential in more visible roles.

  • Coaching Strategies:

    • Acknowledge their contributions to team cohesion and provide opportunities for leadership that do not necessarily spotlight them but acknowledge their value.


The Pleaser


  • Identifying Factors

    • Seeks to make others happy, conflict-averse.

  • Behavior Reasons: 

    • Driven by a need for acceptance and harmony.

  • Potential Conflicts:

    • May not voice personal needs or opinions, leading to dissatisfaction or burnout.

  • Coaching Strategies:

    • Foster an environment where their opinions are valued and heard. Encourage self-expression and set boundaries to ensure they do not overcommit.

The Rebel


  • Identifying Factors

    • Questions authority, seeks change.

  • Behavior Reasons: 

    • Motivated by a desire for improvement or a different perspective on how things should be done.

  • Potential Conflicts:

    • Potential for conflict with leadership or disruption of group harmony.

  • Coaching Strategies:

    • Channel their energy into positive change by involving them in decision-making processes. Validate their perspectives and work together to find constructive outlets for their ideas.


In managing these archetypes within a marching band, the key is to recognize and validate each member's unique contributions while guiding them to align with the group's collective goals. By doing so, band directors & instructors can harness the diverse talents and energies of their members, leading to a more cohesive, dynamic, and successful ensemble!


 

Interested in learning more about these archetypes? I highly recommend reading the book, "Conscious Coaching: The Art & Science of Building Buy-in", by Brett Bartholomew.




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