We’re true band geeks who love what we do We love our instruments, and band, too. For fall is marching band season, a time for woodwinds and brass to reign, For drummers to master the elusive beat, for the conductor to stand on the bandstand again The band and I — we live for our show, each other and for the show.
That there is a rich history of how and why they came to be. Before getting to know the history of color guard, you have to know what color guard is and what the point of them being here are. They are just one part of many on a marching band. They bring light and a scenery to the band. This helps to keep the focus of the fans on the band.
As the summer nears its end, band kids everywhere prepare for the hectic nature of marching band. We all begin to dread the coming of band camp, but long for the passion and livelihood of the approaching marching season. Band has its ups and downs; however, the benefits it leaves us with are immeasurable. For instance, a benefit of joining band is the beautiful and irreplaceable experiences someone will get to partake in.
Marching band; copious amounts of people scoff at the sound of those words. I often hear students commenting on how easy marching band is, how we don’t train like the football players do. At Anderson High School, that’s not the case, the marching band trains for just as long. As a band of over 125 individuals, it takes determination, pride, and confidence to achieve the goals we have set forth to accomplish. As a leader of the saxophone section, I know what it’s like to face failure, to overcome and turn it into success and to march on with confidence.
Why, you ask? This feelings only comes around when there is a new honor band or it’s chair placement time. My failure is never challenging myself enough in band in order to get better. Concert band has been a long rode for me throughout the seven years I’ve been involved in it. Fifth grade was when I started playing an instrument.
When we arrive at competitions, I tend to get nervous. I worry about making mistakes during the performance even though we have rehearsed parts of the show an innumerable amount of times. In my mind, I know that not every single show is going to be perfect and mistakes are imminent, but I still want to make each performance as perfect as possible and to perform my heart out. Standing in front of a large and cheering audience is not the best part of being in color guard. It does mean a lot that the crowd is always supportive of the band and appreciates the hard work we pour into the show, but one of the greatest aspects about being in color guard is the relationships we build.
, I asked myself. Then, when everything shut down, I felt at peace. My friend Jaci’s voice budded into the story I was playing in my head “That’s why you don’t touch tens Bella” I snapped out of it. “I know how you get when You see one” she said. “The new boy?
I really thought I would make it but about an hour into the show, but I too “tapped out” and moved to the back. I could only describe the concert as a fight for survival, in a good way. It was exciting to finally go to a concert where no one was acting “too cool” to go crazy. Travis guided along the fans throughout the night, there was never a dull moment. Toward the end of the night, a fan leaped onstage, but Travis halted securities to attempt to kick him off.
The bad thing is, is that I was bad at doing my work in school but the team needed me so bad the couches would sit me out for a quarter and then put me in for the whole game. The sad thing is was I was cool with that so I wasn’t doing my work in school but everyone was still treating me like a star.so when I got to high school I was ready to play football and all I was thinking about was football. So I wasn’t doing no work wasn’t even listening to teachers I was just doing me getting at girls and just being the class
On December 24, 1914 the European men in the muddy trenches of WW1 were at an all time high in morale as soldiers expect their country to achieve a glorious victory, but According to their home countries the war was supposed to be done by now and people were promised to go home. Most of these young men were pressured into joining the war, or tricked by propaganda. Thinking it was a game they went into war prepared for the worst, but got them into the worst. Unfortunately people were still on the frontlines, forced to spend their Christmas Eve and Christmas Day stuck in muddy trenches, hoping not to get shot and die to hope to see their families for another day. Propaganda and leaders tricked the soldiers of WW1 men into fighting in WW1, they tricked the young men into hating each other for their differences, and they didn’t want them to socialize because they knew how similar they were because of the different perspectives they had on each other.
I will say though, that I liked our band when I was in school. I went to high school at Seaman High School here in Topeka, so it was kind of cool to see a few people I knew in the band. Knowing the head drum majors actually, it was exciting to see her and other people I knew doing such articulate movements. Throughout the show, my girlfriend explained different things about marching band to me like how intense band practice is when they get ready for the shows. I didn’t realize how much timing and practice goes into the movements of marching bands.
During concert band season almost everyone did not want to continue to play music because of the long-term teachers for the music classes. It slowly got to the point where no one but me in my section was going to the rehearsals. This led me to needing to learn multiple parts and led to odd points during practice where I was the only one playing while panicking trying to cover the parts equally. I repeatedly asked for them to come to the practice but rather than help most did not want to go to these practices.
I could feel the blood rushing to my face, I wanted to just hide myself away due to the lack of preparation I had put into my solo, especially when a bass clarinet chuckled at the fact that I messed it up. At that moment, I was determined to sit down and learn the music. During seminar the fourth week of prep, I sat in a practice room and played the rhythms repeatedly until I engrained the fingering pattern in my hands. It wasn’t easy
Alongside football games, the Mighty Trojan Marching Band attends many competitions throughout the marching season. Bands true mettle are shown on the field. Competitions are a highlight for many members of the band, since they are filled with rival bands, food and music. While marching band members see band having an ultimatum, get a trophy, or don’t try, Band director Mr. Farrell stresses the importance of professionalism, effort and fun. Third year marcher, trumpet player and junior Blakely Parker added, “What beats talent?
and and Colorguard have been practicing constantly, and achieved many awards during the last few parades. The members of Colorguard and Band have been working their tails off every day to ensure more achievements in the future. Band members have been practicing everyday to get everything right. They start practice at 7:40 a.m, and play through the first period of the day with another period for Concert Band and after-school practices until 9 p.m. To get prepared for competitions, they all must arrive on time and do the visual and music parts of their warm-ups.