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After days of teasing the unveiling of a brand new project, Michael Rosales announced a new training camp called "The Breakdown Camp" which focuses specifically on the movement demands being placed on marching performers across the activity.
As the marching world has evolved it has gone from very simple, militaristic drills to complex, difficultly choreographed impact moments often layered with playing and moving at the same time. In the midst of that evolution, safety has become an ever-growing component of the activity as the physical demands placed on performers have skyrocketed.
Rosales describes his desire to start the camp as wanting "to create a space where we can teach basic fundamentals of movement to these young musicians so they don't hurt themselves."
Assisting Rosales in his endeavor to teach participants and educators modern skills for their programs will be Dr. Elliot Cleveland, the founder and voice behind Marching Health. Marching Health currently provides physical training to a number of top band programs and corps including Wando HS, Carolina Crown, and the Bluecoats.
"Besides his obvious background in the medical field, Dr. Elliot Cleveland has a great understanding for what wind players need to have a successful season physically," described Rosales.
Also on the team is Lauren Drislane, a well-respected movement coach/choreographer for notable groups like Pride of Cincinnati, Santa Clara Vanguard, Bluecoats, and Miamisburg HS.
Rosales describes her personality as "extremely patient and I've witnessed her transform wind player's bodies into strong, confident movers."
The training camp includes topics like dance fundamentals, traveling through dance, learning how to stretch, and performing expressive choreography as a musician. All are techniques which are demanded by not only the top DCI and WGI groups in the world anymore but also most competitively successful high schools and nearly all drum and bugle corps.