Well, I am an incoming sophmore in high school, and this is my first year marching.
We (the trumpet section) recruited 2 woodwinds to learn how to play trumpet due to the shortage of trumpets willing to march (we choose a very trumpetie song to march to), and I ended up teaching them how to play. Now, our section leader's parents like to go on vacation around marching time, so he is commonly gone the first and/or second week of marching. We decided, that when he is gone, this other guy was to be "fake section leader" until our actual section leader gets back, because he's the oldest trumpet (besides our section leader), and hes marched the longest etc.
We come back, its our first week of marching. THe first day, the staff member in charge of the trumpet section pulls me aside, and tells me that until our section leader gets back, I am to be section leader. Remember this is my first year marching.
Also, no one tells the other guy, that was supposed to be section leader, although I think the staff member did, so he was acting like section leader, and so was I, so I kind of thought that we were "sharing" the title section leader (although he was never present at the section leader meetings. Of course, stupid me, this never crosses my mind, being so busy trying to figure out how to read the drill and whatnot).
So, to make myself clear, I am not complaining, boasting, showing off, freaking out, I am simply sharing this intresting conundrum. It feels rather backwards, being taught how to march, then having to turn around and correct someone who's been marching for several years. It's intresting, because I'm still learning all the Do's and Don't s in what to/not to eat before basics block in 90 degree weather (thats farenheit, my fellow non-american trumpet players), and having to sit out, watching your section, because you almost pass out for eating a footlong in under 5 minutes, and then not drinking enough water ( I honestly feel bad about that, I am section leader, I shouldn't be sitting out). So it's like instead of telling people what to do in marching, you suggest with a hint of possible doubt, so you make sure they know that you are not being ignorant of their well-advanced knowledge in the ways of marching, even though your director is new this year, and changed EVERYTHING in marching, including how you stand. Of course, the staff member is there, and is helping out, I am more of a "newbie with benefits" (I sometimes like to think of it).
Yes, this is a very interesting start to my marching career indeed....