So I really enjoy looking up marching band section personality types/stereotypes and I haven’t found one all that accurate so I’m making one myself.
Flutes/Piccolo: predominantly female section; can be a good section but only when they stop talking shit about each other behind their backs. Most of them are girly but won’t like to admit that they are. Very non confrontational group of people. Don’t generally like to be the center of attention but usually won’t complain if they are.
Clarinets: These are some strange people. Again, a predominately female section but not as much as the flutes. The clarinets are usually very shy people but man once you crack their shell there is no stopping them. The clarinet section generally tries to play out but is over played or washed out by the brass. From what I’ve seen this section likes to keep to themselves. If they have any internal conflict they do a good job of hiding it from the rest of the band.
Bass Clarinets: Basically a soprano clarinet without the shy part
Saxophones: LOUD. LOUD. LOUD. And aside from being loud these kids are just plain crazy. They are the ones who will call a command out the wrong way, make the rest of the band laugh and they haven’t smiled a single ounce. They know how to be the class clowns without drawing attention to themselves. They seem to somehow be extremely focused at the same time all of their madness spills out…?
Trumpets: Can I start off by a show of hands, how many people in your current marching band started band playing on trumpet but have since switched instruments or switched to color guard? Oh, half of the band? Yeah, that’s what I thought. I have a long list to say about the trumpets considering I’m an ex trumpet but I feel like we don’t need an explanation. It’s the trumpet section. They are a very harsh section and almost 99% of the time considered the most sarcastic section (when in reality they aren’t being sarcastic at all. Everything that you can find on the trumpet stereotypes is 99.9999% true. After finding several lists like this one, the trumpet stereotype seems to be the only one that doesn’t change. Oh, and they also seem to take everything as a complement.
Mellophones/French Horns: Probably the closest section of the entire band. I can’t think of one mello that is not aloof. Marching band is really the only time they are ever focused on one thing and even then the attention span is quite small. It’s a good thing that people of this section tend to be fast learners and good musicians because the section is so close that sectionals turn into weekly party time yet somehow they pull everything off. To other bandsmen mellos may seem chill and a bit quirky but when you shove all of them in a room and say “practice for an hour together” you’ll hear more giggling than mellophone.
Trombones: Pretty much if you took the girls out of a trumpet section and turned down the volume on the ego and such. Trombones don’t tend to have the narcissistic qualities of a trumpet player but besides that the sections are similar. Trombones also seem to be a bit more down to earth than the trumpets but are highly regarded as the trouble makers of the band.
Baritones/Euphoniums: Probably the most chill out of all the brass players. They pretty much always do what they are told and usually don’t have to be told twice. They are the glue of the band and are very fluid when it comes to friends. They have friends in every section. Most of them are in a sport along with band which may be the reason why they are chill. (Most likely not “chill” just exhausted lol) Anyway, baritone players are very trustworthy and likable people. :)
Tubas- They are the saxophones of the brass section. They are hilarious and are loud. This section is comprised of a lot of happy-go-lucky kind of people but in the best way possible. I can’t say I’ve ever met a tuba player that wasn’t funny, out going and optimistic about life.
Front Ensemble- I don’t know what to say about this section except for 1) Damn, when they really try, they are some excellent players and 2) it is some secret, magical thing to be in front ensemble. these kids are rarely seen except for games and competitions. I feel like front ensemble is some exclusive club that i’ll never be in…
Battery: Please put you shirt on. Yes, most of you are physically attractive but being naked in rehearsal isn’t pleasing for the rest of us. I can assure you, there are some guys in the rest of the band that would love to take his shirt off but isn’t. (Not to mention, there are guys in the rest of the band us girls would rather see shirtless than the battery) Anyway, the boys of this section are loud! To outsiders they can appear douchebag-ish but if you get to know them you’ll find out that most of them aren’t. Also, the girls that stumble across the battery are also a part of some exclusive club.
Color Guard/Flags: You either love them or you hate them. Generally split evenly between genders. Where’d the trumpet section go? Guard. It can be a general misconception for non band members to believe that people in guard don’t know how to play an instrument. Most of them do. The guard are nice people with big personalities and big attitudes. They like everything to be done correctly and can be very competitive. When you find the right guard member you will be life long friends with them.
I hope this amuses some of you band kids! Happy marching season and I hope all of you do well this competitive season!