Marching band in *high school* is mostly a social activity. It's great for entertaining audiences, school spirit, exercise, bonding with long-term friends, going on fun trips, and decompressing from calculus, chemistry, and other academics.
It is not, and never will be, a place for musicians who want to seriously study the interpretation of music.
(I was very happily a member of my high school's marching band for four straight years)
Band camp... LOL.
Just don't ask the redhead where she puts her flute... on second thought, go right ahead.
"American Pie" is more relevant to marching band than "Drumline".
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I disagree. Our marching band is one of the best in the state, and twice has been proven one of the best of our size in the whole North East.
We traditionally get near-perfect marks in the music caption. I find that marching drill makes the interpretation of the music all the more powerful.
I've never seen American Pie, but I find the Drumline is very relevant. It's just the Southern style of marching that's different than other styles. We actually had a drummer in our band that was one of the best we've ever had, but couldn't read music to save his life. He learned it all by sight and ear, and he and another great drummer (who went on to become drum major) ripped it up on the quints for a few years.
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The prospect of having to march was the other reason I abandoned band (and the trumpet) in high school. (The main reason was the combination of braces and too much pressure.)
Some of my friends liked it, others loathed it, but most of the folks who continued just kind of put up with it. I understand there's a long tradition of brass and marching, but while I enjoy listening to marches, I can't find any appeal in the idea of marching while playing.
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Give it a go , I've made lots of friends in band through my teenage years , we had great trips , dont get me wrong it was hard work but that just united us even more . It really is a social club and music holds it all together .
We have 240 members in our marching band. The students absolutly love every minute of it. Give it a shot.
My question is....is your school a show band, or a marching band? This types are two way different kinds.
Show Band = ok fun
Marching a Show = fun fun fun fun, learning sets, horn manuels and such
you'll have a blast, and you'll most likely get a colour guard chick :P
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