Drill for Marching Band

Plotting out marching drill is a tiring, arduous process. Apps to streamline the process have been around as long as the iOS App Store itself, but developer Justin Dieter wasn’t satisfied with any of those and decided to build his own.

Drill for Marching Band is an app designed around simplicity. All of the options for plotting drill are text-based, with flat textures and short, descriptive titles. The sets themselves have three view modes: Data, which gives the location of an individual’s dot as well as the counts and measures for that set; Visual, which shows a top-down view of the set on the field; and Notes, where users can jot down additional information.

The simplistic design of Drill for Marching Band was motivated by Dieter’s dissatisfaction with the existing solutions in the app ecosystems for both operating systems.

“I wanted to create an app that was free and easy to use and make the job of creating drill much easier,” Dieter explains. “One of my main objectives was to make an app with a clean and simple interface.”

The app is free to download and ad-supported; a single in-app purchase of $0.99 will remove the ads permanently.

Drill for Marching Band is available now on the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store.

About the author

Joel King

Joel J. King is an editorial intern at Halftime Magazine. He is a senior at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa seeking a degree in magazine journalism. He marched trumpet with the Howell L. Watkins Middle School in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., for a year and Palm Beach Gardens High School for four years as the high brass section leader. He has also marched mellophone and trumpet with the USF Herd of Thunder for a year each.

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