Marching Season!

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  1. Mark_Kindy

    Mark_Kindy Mezzo Forte User

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    My friend convinced me into doing marching band again this year (after taking a year off from it)
    Turns out they're going to be doing some trumpet (screaming) features, so they needed some support (last year, only had a few lead players)
    Supposedly we're going to be going to be doing some more trips this year too. I'm hoping to hit some casinos this year. (I'm 21 in 28 days!)
    Sounds like fun! Any other people excited for marching season? Any war stories from you guys?

    PS - I just realised it's been three years since I first joined the site. Thanks for the while, all.
     
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  2. Comeback

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    Good luck, Mark. I hope you have a great experience!

    My marching experiences were confined to high school - it was a large school with a large competitive marching band. War stories? Let's see... As a sophomore, I was knocked unconscious at camp in a fist fight for the first and only time in my life, by a large aggressive upperclassman tuba player who had studied martial arts for several years; now that was interesting! I got to see one of my friends flung through the air in his uniform, with his Strad in one hand, by a drummer and his car ( friend had been sitting on the hood of the car). Strad was unscathed and friend was muddied and suffered wounded pride. There are more I am sure, but these experiences were from long ago. I am not about to turn 21 (61 in 32 days)!:lol:

    Jim
     
  3. gmonady

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    My college marching band went to Disney World to represent Ohio in a state's parade. Two things I remembered: trying to remember what went on with me and the lady I woke up with one morning, the other was how totally cool underground Disney is. Getting to see all the robotics and robots that pop up into performance stages totally above was just amazing.
     
  4. Mark_Kindy

    Mark_Kindy Mezzo Forte User

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    Wow Jim, sounds like life threw you a curveball there! Glad you're ok. Congrats on the upcoming birthday!

    Gmonady : I always wanted to see the robotics they used, I've heard their technology is pretty intense. Something about mechanical fireflies at one place now, I think. Crazy right?
     
  5. DaveH

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    I loved marching band back when I was in high school.

    However, that was during the years 1966 - 1969 ( I am 62 now), and a lot has changed since that time ( the words "a lot" are probably an understatement).

    It was mostly fun and no pressure or competition. I will point out that my father was the band director from 1941 until 1967, when he stepped down to take the junior high band director position and was then the assistant high school director and school district music coordinator (I think he was beginning to position himself for retirement).

    We played mostly for half time shows for the high school football games and in local parades. We did get the opportunity to take a major trip each year I was in school and perform for the half time at some pro football games. We played in Soldier Field in Chicago for the All-Star game, and in Detroit and Milwaukee for games there.

    My wife and I were both in band - she was the head majorette in her senior year. She was in 10th grade when I was in 12th grade. We met and became a couple just before I graduated in 1969. And yes, we are still together and have been married for 41 years soon.

    After marching season, I occasionally had to take a few days to get my embouchure back to its normal condition - not a big deal, but sometimes I played under less than ideal conditions; i.e. cold weather, lack of warm up, too loudly, etc.

    All in all, it was one of my fondest memories of high school days.
     
  6. gmonady

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    Very intense. I think Disney should have been in charge of our space program.
     
  7. Comeback

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    It seems we have a little in common, DaveH, aside from our ages. My Mrs. and I were high school sweethearts too. Mine was heavily involved in music, but not band. We met in the spring of 1970, married in 73, and have been together ever since! My marching band was heavily involved in competitions. We did alright, as I recall.

    Life throws all of us curveballs now and then, Mark. its how we handle the curves that makes the difference in folks lives, and none of us handles them perfectly all the time. And congratulations on your 3rd year TM anniversary. I just had my 2 year last month. TM is a great place to learn, exchange ideas, and just enjoy the virtual company of other like-minded folks, isn't it?

    Jim
     
  8. trumpetguy27

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    Hmmm... War stories huh? Since I am now 36 and been marching on and off since I was 18 (HS, College, and with the Baltimore Ravens Marching Band) there are plenty of them, but one of the best and most memorable goes like this:

    This one goes back to when I was 19 or 20 and in college... Saturday night of course was a party and the associated activities with mostly fellow band members. This particular event continued well into the morning hours and I MIGHT have gotten a couple hour nap on the floor before stumbling back to my dorm to get dressed and ready for 7 A.M. report time with the Ravens band.

    So I go through a VERY long (feeling) rehearsal in the morning with very loud (sounding) bass drums before getting on the bus to go to the stadium. We get there and I am still feeling VERY influenced and groggy from the activities from the night before but I get my (Band owned) Herald Trumpet from it's case and prepare for the pregame show.

    Pregame consists of running single file out of the end zone and then Script RAVENS on the field... well we start running as usual and I get as far as the goal line when my left foot clips the orange pylon. You think they just bend or fall over but apparently not if your foot hits the base of them because I went head over heels sending herald trumpet flying one way and my Shako flying another. I get up, grab my horn and sprint to my spot in the A (So as to not leave an A hole) and an equipment person puts my Shako on my head. Ok... now I get to attention and TRY to ACT proud of myself. Then I look down at my horn and see a nice 60 degree bend to the left in the bell. ($%!t!!!) So I try to straighten it at least some before the fanfare starts... and then here we go! Surprisingly it didn't sound half bad. lol.

    Well the neat part is that they used to have a photographer at the very top of the stadium each game to take a pic of Script Ravens... to this day a nice enlarged version is hanging on the wall of my studio area at home and if you know where to look, and look close enough you can actually see me trying to straighten my horn out. ROFL

    So how's that for a war story? :roll:
     
  9. gmonady

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    So it was YOUR girlfriend I woke up next to that morning! Can you tell me what happened... I still cannot remember for the life of me! Oh by the way, neither one of us had clothes on when I woke up, and the last thing I remembered was I did have clothes on...
     
  10. trumpetguy27

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    Weird... Shortly after that we broke up because she started dating only women. Good job Doc. ROFL
     

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