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I had the incredible opportunity to speak with both the band director and twirling sponsor at Shiner High School. Both are such giving and humble people. Shiner is a small town in Texas, and you can really feel the camaraderie of the town.

Even better, we were able to visit the Spoetzel Brewery - the one that makes all the Shiner Beer. We took a tour and learned about the beer making process. I can't wait to go back and visit again!

If you are looking to add a twirling program to your school, check out the freebie above before approaching your band director. These steps have been incredibly helpful to many twirlers when asking to twirl on the field. We hope you enjoy!

"Baton Twirlers detract from the band."

These were the words my band director spoke to me as I walked into his office on the first day of band camp, proudly showed my batons, and opened my mouth to speak.

Ugh. Talk about a hearing your heart break. At the age of 13, I walked away, tail between my legs, and told my mom the bad news when I got home. My baton twirling teacher told me it was normal.

"Most band directors don't like twirlers. Maybe they'll let you twirl at a pep rally."

I refused to let this be my high school experience. Other friends were able to twirl at their school. I went back and asked again.

"No, I'm not a fan of baton twirling."

Instead of putting up my batons, I decided to "practice" outside during our breaks. I'm from Texas, and if you aren't aware, we have huge bands. We had over 400 in our program alone. As you can imagine, a crowd of band students circled me as I completed some rolls, spins, and the beloved toss illusion.

It didn't work. My band director refused to budge.

I continued bringing my batons to school, practicing when I could, and always making sure my director could see. Finally, I saw a win.

"Fine, you can twirl at a pep rally."

No joke, this pep rally was called "Black out the Huskies." THEY TURNED OFF THE LIGHTS! My friend and I twirled our little hearts out, and granted we were pushed off to the side, in a semi-dark gym, the crowd went wild. They loved us.

Still, we weren't allowed to twirl with the band.

After my freshman year of high school, I scheduled a meeting with my band director.

"Why won't you let us twirl? It can't be because we're a distraction. We have had positive feedback and the crowds love us."

My band director's response took me by surprise.

"Fine. The reason is - I hate dealing with twirling moms." What?

It turns out this is not uncommon. That's why I wrote this free PDF for you.

Long story short, we came to an agreement, and from Sophomore year to Senior Year of High School, I twirled on the field in High School. The footage from twirling on the field allowed me to twirl on the field in college as well.

If you don't follow these simple tips, you could ruin your college twirling career before it's even begun. Click on my Free PDF below, follow the tips, and come back here and let me know what worked, what didn't work, and what advice you would give to twirlers who want to work with the band director to twirl on the field.

  • Sara Rudin

I have never gone Live on Facebook via the Podcast page, but I had so much fun! Check out the fun video teaching some basics to those watching.

I developed a cough, and I told my students to stay home so I didn't get them sick. I let them know I'd teach a lesson online. I thought many twirlers I know may also have to stay home or give up teaching for a while, so what better way to encourage them than putting myself out there and doing a training. I hope you see it's possible! You don't have to share to the world either. Create a private Facebook group, and click Go Live! No one else can see, and your students still learn some valuable information while classes are paused.

What would you like to see in future live trainings? Let us know in the comments or check out the Baton Twirling Podcast on Facebook and comment on the video! Thank you to all those who joined live! It was a blast!