Marching band is a huge commitment, but if a students is part of color-guard or the drum line... the phrase “free time” leaves their vocabulary. The practices start even earlier in the year and go even longer. Not only are there separate judges for color-guard and drumline, but there are also separate competitions: Winter Guard and Drum Corps. Both groups go all the way to international competitions.
So how will being an active member of the band contribute to my success at Penn State? The simplest answer is that being in the band proved to be the “key” in unlocking my drive to be something. Since the start of my freshman year of high school I worked so hard to be an excellent musician and to achieve a leadership position in the future years. As the years progressed, I managed to earn not one, but four leadership positions, and qualify to participate in many band festivals.
Which Ozzy a hissy fit over, because he wanted the section to be whole, but in the end he got over it. At the end of every Marching season, we have a concert and play every song we have played that season and awards are given out. Due to all my hard work and practicing I got the “Most Improved”
From the whole concert band, “Eyes Open” needed more work on. When we got the song in the beginning, we were pretty good at it, but it still needed more work on and more improvement. It did not help that we did not practice it the day before nor the day of the concert. We did not play together on it very well, neither did we stay together. From the high school band, “The Pink Panther” was a little sketchy in a few spots, especially after the solos.
Is marching band a sport? As a member of the Northwestern marching band, I in fact believe that Marching band is indeed a sport. First of all, according to dictionary.com, the definition of sport is: an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature. Some may say that marching band is not physical nor competitive. I do not accredit people that say this.
The day’s will be hot and long, you will be tired, but the reward is greater than anything you could imagine. If you’re a freshman that plans on doing marching band, you’ve come to the right place. You can always ask someone in band what to expect when it comes to marching, but if you 're shy and don’t want to ask, I understand. I am a freshman that did marching this season, so I know just what is to be expect by this point, and I’m here to help.
Tuesday and wednesday went by and thursday and friday were just scrimmage days. After school thursday we stretched and got warmed up then got straight to business we picked teams and started playing I didn 't think the teams were that fair but I didn 't really care I just had to play my game I started down with the freshman and sophomore like every other freshman but i wasn 't regular like them after a few games past the coaches seen that a had some talent and that I should be moved up with the jv and the varsity players so the coach plaste me in the other gym with the more advanced players and put me on a team as soon as i started playing with the older guys I noticed an immediate change in paste I started breathing harder my heart rate shot up and they were just way bigger than me but I had to make it work somehow I knew I wasn 't the best one out there but I hustled a lot and gave it my all and hoped that 's what coach was looking for.
Thesis Statement: There are many differences between concert and marching percussion and to be successful in both, one must understand the gap between the two. The world of percussion includes hundreds of instruments from all over the world, in America there are two main categories: concert percussion and marching percussion. Most percussion students typically begin learning concert percussion in elementary and middle school and add marching percussion when they begin high school. The two are often seen as separate paths for percussionist, rather than honing skills in both fields.
During the four years that you are in high school, almost everyone will come in contact with extremely joyful and great experiences as well as a few confusing and lousy ones. I, of course, encountered both. One experience in particular that has had a lasting effect on me is my participation as both a competitive cheerleader and sideline football cheerleader during the first three years of high school. To give some backstory, I was a competitive gymnast for seven years. Once I got to high school, I discovered we did not have a gymnastics team, but my high school did have a competitive cheer team where I could tumble and compete (two things which I love) at the same time.
The past three years of my high school experience can only be described as a roller coaster. I remember my first day of high school, sitting in the auditorium and hearing the counselors say "high school is what you make of it, so make it count". I was encouraged to join sports, clubs and extracurricular activities, which I did. I played Volleyball in the fall, ran track in the spring, joined clubs, and marched in the marching band. Even though I was very successful in playing sports, marching band was the most impactful to me.
Officially marching band is not a sport, but it honestly should be with all the practice and competing that the band goes through. First, there is the fact that marching band practices more or about the same as any sport out there. Marching band practice starts in the summer, before school even starts, and from there goes on until football season is over. There is also the fact that there are a few Saturday practices that last the whole day.
Rebekah Woods, a third year front ensemble member and eleventh grader quoted the movie Drumline, saying, “One band, One sound.” Band members have similar mannerisms, such as walking in time when not in band and making simple songs or beats outside of practice. Around each other, band members lose most inhibitions they have at school and enjoy the presence of other band members before practice. The 2015 Mighty Trojan Marching Band
The time is now. The roaring crowd settled, the stadium lights shined above us, the field was set. It was time to show the audience how much dedication, sweat, and tears were put in the show right before the eyes. The masterpiece, I like to call it. The hardest part however, is making it seem so effortlessly.
Did you know that marching band members spend so much time putting drill on the field for an entire summer break?The Friday nights, and Saturday afternoons we spend on a football field? The energy, sweat, and pride we put onto a football field or parking lot? All this, but unfortunately, marching band is still known for an “elective”.
I think my parents are going to go deaf soon. Between the snap of the snare drum, the ring of a crash cymbal, the kick of the bass drum, and the clang of the baby grand piano, my parents hearing is declining. With percussion and piano I have been drawn to the more boisterous instruments. Even though I play some of the loudest instruments, my parents still yell at me for being on the quiet computer. It seems that my parents don’t value quiet as much as I thought.