Sooo, we (Medina Mustang Marching Band) had our first public parade today. After waiting in a lineup for an hour, in misting rain, we played short versions of our show as the parade inched along. It was worth it, they payed us $1000 to do it. It's kind of weird, being the feature of the parade for a town that's like an hour and a half away from us. We start with brass in front, woodwinds pass through so brass can be at the judges box at the impact (slaughter on 10th street!) then after we reprise elk's Parade, we turn around, and finish the show marching backwards, which is something we do every year. Now, at this point, I'm in the 3rd brass rank from the end, with about 15 brass and woodwind ranks behind me. There's really no words to describe the feeling of the sheer loundness resonating through your body. We were playing down their Main Street, so the buildings on the sides just contained the sound, and made it even louder. It was probably the best we've sounded this year, and the most powerful we've been in a while. And as always, our musicality while playing at 10 f's is phenomenal. I think we're one of the few high school bands that can play that loud and that good at only like 120, 125 horns, probably less. Still, the best part was turning the corner and seeing half the Renegade Drum Corp standing outside their bus, cheering for us. Anyone else starting their spring show tirade?