Flashdance: The Anatomy of Claudia Taylor Johnson's Show

Anytime the design team of a marching band show gathers to discuss an upcoming production, there is almost a guarantee that the concept will change. The same was true for director Jarrett Lipman and the Claudia Taylor Johnson band.

In preparation for the upcoming release of All Access: Claudia Taylor Johnson, FloMarching spoke with Lipman about how CTJ's outside-the-box concept for its 2016 production developed.

"We were originally going to do Footloose," Jarrett said. "But we felt like there was too much 'storytelling' that would have to happen in such a short period of time."

null

The design team then landed on Flashdance. The overall concept morphed into a celebration of different dance styles, and since Flashdance came from the same era of the original Footloose idea, it was an easy choice.

While some shows are designed with a deep intellectual connection and meaning, Lipman said this year's band at CTJ wanted to have one memorable moment per production and for its spectators to be able to connect with the show after a single viewing.

In the marching arts, outside-the-box concepts, arrangements, drills, etc., are constantly being pushed -- sometimes not far enough and sometimes way, way too far. However, when a band goes so far outside the box that it loses its connection with the audience, it's time to reel back in the show's concept.

Flashdance was able to avoid this by developing into a much more cohesive production for fans of CTJ to follow. Flashing lights and flashy choreography and concepts throughout the show were the simple bows that wrapped all of the show's different musical styles together.

By using these overarching themes and pushing the boundaries of design, CTJ was able to weave musical transitions from Daft Punk to Pineapple Poll to Maniac all while maintaining a connection to audience so that it would ultimately be entertained.

BONUS!

Want to check out some of the original version of the Claudia Taylor Johnson's show music? Well here you go. Enjoy!

Premium Watch Guide: Must-See Guide To WGI Weekend #3 On FloMarching

Saturday is here once again and you know what that means—WGI 2019 LIVE on FloMarching! This weekend, the WGI South Brunswick guard regional and the WGI Temecula percussion regional will bring some incredible groups to the forefront of the activity as they debut their 2019 productions on the floor.

Join PRO Now to Get Unlimited Access to FloMarching!

Join Now

Already a PRO Member? Log In

From The Ground Up, Part 2: 'The Writing Stage'

Dan Schack is the Battery Coordinator/Choreographer of Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps and the Creative Director of George Mason University Indoor Drumline. Outside of his musical endeavors, Dan is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the University of Delaware.

Join PRO Now to Get Unlimited Access to FloMarching!

Join Now

Already a PRO Member? Log In

Preview: East Coast Guards Set Sights On South Brunswick

We’re coming into Week #3 of the 2019 WGI competitive season on FloMarching. This weekend, some of the best winter guards that the East Coast has to offer will be live from Monmouth Junction, NJ at the 2019 WGI South Brunswick Guard Regional.

Join PRO Now to Get Unlimited Access to FloMarching!

Join Now

Already a PRO Member? Log In

Factory to Floor: Chapter 4 - Creative Costuming & Designs

null

In our fourth installation of Factory to Floor, we toured Creative Costuming & Designs. Includes a full tour and a sneak peek of Chino Hills' 2019 costume!

Preview: WGI Temecula Brings West Coast Drums Into The Picture

null

The 2019 WGI Percussion season is headed to the West Coast for the first time this season, as a loaded list of 32 ensembles is set to take the stage at Temecula High School for the WGI Temecula Percussion Regional this Saturday and Sunday.

Join PRO Now to Get Unlimited Access to FloMarching!

Join Now

Already a PRO Member? Log In

Watch Guide: Music for All National Festival

From jazz band to full orchestra, from concert band to choir—the 2019 Music for All National Festival is coming LIVE to FloMarching!

RECAP: Pride of Cincinnati Slams Door On Competition @ WGI Indy

Yet another fantastic weekend of winter guard has come and gone, and this weekend in showcased talent from (mostly) the Midwest. 

Join PRO Now to Get Unlimited Access to FloMarching!

Join Now

Already a PRO Member? Log In

RECAP: MCM Wins In Dayton After 4.5-Point Rhythm X Penalty

This weekend, a whole host of top percussion and winds groups converged on Kettering Fairmont High School in Dayton, Ohio, for the WGI Dayton Regional, one of the early marquee events of the 2019 season. The competition featured former champions and returning finalists from multiple classes, and plenty of intriguing storylines.

Join PRO Now to Get Unlimited Access to FloMarching!

Join Now

Already a PRO Member? Log In

Weekly Watch Guide: WGI Week #3 On FloMarching - Temecula, South Brunswick

Weekend #3 of WGI heads to FloMarching on February 23! Here's all the info you need to catch WGI South Brunswick and WGI Temecula.

LIVE BLOG: WGI Percussion Dayton Regional Finals

Wapakoneta HS — "In Plain Sight"

Join PRO Now to Get Unlimited Access to FloMarching!

Join Now

Already a PRO Member? Log In