Program Coordination/Consultation Services


FMP is proud to offer Scott Koter’s program coordination and consultation services. Scott served as program coordinator for The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from 1999-2015 winning five world titles, three silver and four bronze medals. He presently serves in that same capacity for the Santa Clara Vanguard. He also has served as design consultant for numerous drum corps and bands across the country. Click here for full bio.

Marching band directors do so much more than teach students in the band room and on the field.  From instrument repair, to non-profit fundraising, we must do it all.  In addition to the time we spend shaping students to be great musicians and performers, we also shape their lives outside of band, serving as counselors, role models and advocates. It is no mystery why directors often find themselves dry of “creative juices” well before show design responsibilities begin.  Scott Koter and the FMP team are here to simplify your life. Whether you are looking for a reaction or advice from a seasoned designer or you are looking for help creating or coordinating your entire show, we can streamline the process AND make your band stand out.

“Our program made a huge leap forward in one season through Scott’s guidance, not only through the design stage, but also through his evaluation and suggestions for myself and the rest of the staff throughout our season.”  – Ken Ringle, Director of Bands, McKinney HS, McKinney TX

“Scott was a very important member of our staff as consultant and clinician. He was instrumental in the show planning and his insight and observations always improved our program and performances.’’ – Wayne Markworth, Centerville HS Director (retired), WGI Winds Coordinator, Author, The Dynamic Marching Band

“Scott brought our band to a level I never thought we would reach. His input gives us a product that needs less changing as the season progresses which has given us more time improving and less time spent on “fixing”. His weekly MP4s gives us direct input on the performance and detail qualities needed for growth.” – Harold Yankey, Director of Bands, Floyd Central HS, Floyds Knob, IN

“Scott was absolutely integral to the development of the Bluecoats, having served as a Program Consultant from 2001-2006, and again in 2009 and 2010.  With ongoing support of our music designers during that time, he truly brought us into the modern era of arranging and programming and we would not have had the success we’ve been fortunate to experience recently.” – David Glasgow, Executive Director, Bluecoats

Consultation

  • Video performance assessment via MP4 recordings

This is a one-time objective assessment of a video performance chosen by the director.  MP4 recordings will be provided analyzing the band’s effectiveness.  Scott will make recommendations to maximize “moments” and “tighten up” the group’s performance. This type of service is valuable early season once a good portion of the show is on the field, and it is also valuable at the end of the season to aid in planning and focus for next year.

  • Video analysis via MP4 recordings
  • Detailed written summary of recommendations

A comprehensive video analysis will be shared with the director via MP4 recordings digging deeper into the musical and visual performance as well the band’s effectiveness.  A summary of recommendations will accompany the recordings providing the director proven techniques to bring the show to life during the season.  This assessment outlines steps to take your band to the next level post-season.

  • Video analysis via MP4 recordings
  • Detailed written summary of recommendations
  • Plans for the future including sample documents to assess stakeholders
  • Sample design outlines and storyboards

This service consists of MP4 and design material sharing and is recommended for directors seeking comprehensive guidance to propel their program forward. In addition to in-depth video analysis, the director will receive a detailed outline for improvement as well as sample survey tools to assess stakeholder perceptions about your band.  A detailed description of program strengths and challenges with “next steps” will be provided.  The director will also receive sample design outlines and “storyboards” similar to those used by top drum corps and bands throughout their design process as a guide for enriching their own design methods.

Please contact Scott@fanninmusic.com for availability.

  • MP4s provided during rehearsals, dress rehearsals or performances
  • Engaging students collaboratively with the directors during rehearsals
  • Written notes on musical scores and drill charts
  • Discussion sessions with staff, band members, section leaders and parents
  • Detailed written summary of recommendations
  • Sample design outlines, storyboards and production lists

Face to face collaborations have immense value from a performance and production standpoint and having an expert see and hear your band live will ensure realization of nuances that may be lost on video. Scott will observe rehearsals while making notes with recommendations for improvement.  He will conduct staff meetings to share “tricks of the trade” to increase rehearsal efficiently and bring the show to life.  Scott can also work directly with your students during rehearsals or run motivation and leadership sessions outside of rehearsals. Lastly, he will make notes directly on music scores and drill charts that will give context to his recommendations that will launch your band to an entirely new level of communication and effectiveness.

Conceptual Design

Please contact Scott@fanninmusic.com for a quote.

Whether you already have a show concept in mind or want someone to provide exciting themes to choose from, Scott’s 35 years as a designer can help you create a show that stands out from the others.  After providing a thorough analysis of your band and target audience, you will be presented with a unique concept that will engage performers, staff and judges.  The written show summary will include:

  • Potential show titles
  • Concise vision synopsis to guide the staff and designers
  • Potential musical selections and resources to find arrangements or arrangers
  • Potential musical, visual and coordinated effects
  • Visual imagery and color possibilities for flag design, costuming, guard equipment, scrims, props, etc.
  • Recommendations for visual designers and choreographers

Program Coordination

Please contact Scott@fanninmusic.com for pricing.

Band directors will experience the exact program coordination system that Scott has used with top drum corps and band programs for dozens of years.  His expertise lies in melding the music and visual design, adding nuance and details to make the show sparkle and creating seamless show pacing.  After consultations and in-depth analysis of your band, he will guide you through the process of program design from inception to putting the finishing touches and the “cherry on top” of the production.  These steps include:

  • Brainstorming and researching of potential themes
  • Choosing a concept to fit your group’s identity
  • Creating an overall show vision and synopsis for each show segment
  • Generating and categorizing general effect opportunities
  • Adopting a color palette and finding visual imagery/inspiration
  • Establishing a production schedule and due dates
  • Arranging or adapting the wind and percussion scores
  • Deciding choices for costumes, flag designs, equipment and props
  • Creating a count sheet/visual interpretation guide for the drill writer
  • Detailing the show through visual enhancements and soundscape additions

Whether your goal is to bring a new level of entertainment to your halftime shows or, to be in the running for a state championship trophy, Scott’s systematic approach to design will allow you to sleep better and spend more time doing the things you love with those you care about most.  Contact Scott@fanninmusic.com and the FMP team to start transforming your band today!




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Introducing our first Scott Koter Signature Series show: The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars

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