drum-line

The Instruments As Shit My Band Members Pulled On The Disney Trip
  • piccolos: ate a flower off a bush in the line for splash mountain on a dare
  • flutes: pretended little sister was invisible for entire week
  • clarinets: got separated from girlfriend on bus for pda...ten minutes into the trip
  • saxophones: put hands up on space mountain despite warnings and smashed them on a beam
  • trumpets: overslept and had to be picked up at house the morning we left
  • mellophones: pet a pelican on beach and got bitten, continued to attempt to pet random birds the rest of the week
  • trombones: started sobbing hysterically at the end of back to the future
  • baritones: tried to bring a pair of pliers into the parks, got them through animal kingdom but they got taken away at epcot
  • tubas: found a coconut lying on the beach, then smashed it open and ate it
  • pit percussion: brought a logging chain on the bus and pulled it out to slam it on the seats as accompaniment to the songs in movies
  • drum line: reached back to hold girlfriend's hand on splash mountain but grabbed the chaperone's instead...and didn't notice for almost five minutes
  • color guard: left out the emergency door of a mcdonald's which summoned the police and set off the alarm
  • drum majors: climbed up into luggage compartment of bus and crawled down it through everyone's carry on bags
Instruments as Things overheard in my Band

Flutes: “If I go to all-state, do you think I can get a wider audience for my impromptu solos?”

Clarinets: “ THAT’S IT, YOU AREN’T SMART ENOUGH!! I’M MAKING MY OWN NEW SECTION!”

Trombones: *taking our band photo* “QUICK! Somebody hold my leg!”

Saxophones: “D as in not bumble bee…”

Trumpets: *(when questioned by a section leader about locking himself in a practice room)*: “I was sick of your face, how is that MY fault?”

Tubas: “AP chem should count as self harm”

Drumline: “Which is bigger, Alpha or Beta?” “MY DICK”

Horns: “That band is good, look at their pit- I bet their chimes aren’t held together with zip-ties and tears, unlike some chimes I know.” *glares at percussion*

The Sections At 1 AM The Night Before A Competition
  • flutes/piccolos: asleep scattered across the floor of someone's bedroom wearing matching sweatpants.
  • clarinets: moodily playing pokémon
  • alto saxophones: all at walmart separately because they all think they're the ones responsible for treat bags and forgot until now. never see each other and each get like ten treat bags the next morning. confused but happy.
  • low reeds: finding more ways to hide dirty jokes on their section hoodies.
  • trumpets: practicing their "marching face" in the mirror to make it suitably focused and serious yet smoldering.
  • mellophones: trying to figure out how to attach a large sign to their instrument that says "it's a mellophone, not an exceptionally large trumpet." they are doomed to fail and the masses remain uneducated.
  • trombones: frantically trying to fix their instrument from attempting to pop to the box in their bedroom with the slide as far down as possible and slamming into the ceiling.
  • baritones/euphoniums: reflecting bitterly on all the times the tubas have upstaged them. vow to never let it happen again.
  • tubas/sousaphones: standing in front of a mirror trying to figure out precisely which angle at which to tip their beret to look the most roguish.
  • pit percussion: still loading their equipment on the band truck even though they started after school; one of them is missing for no reason.
  • drum line: performing a ritual sacrifice.
  • color guard: already doing their hair. still almost don't get done in time.
  • drum majors: practicing their salute 40,098 times, then making sure they don't "stand weird" while conducting.

THIS IS THE FIRST MARCHING BAND MY SPORTS FOCUSED SCHOOL HAS IN ANYONES MEMORY. THIS, AT ALMOST THIRTY, IS THE LARGEST WE’VE EVER BEEN. I AM SO PROUD OF THESE GUYS, WE’RE GOING FAR MY FRIENDS. I LOVE YOU ALL

when section leaders start telling the band to blow warm air into their instruments and the percussionists decide to be sassy

The Instruments as Pokémon Go Players
  • piccolo: wants everyone to look at their pokémon's witty names, doesn't wear the right shoes for walking, lurks in public spaces
  • flute: spends so much time researching tips they haven't played the game yet, wants to win, angry they can't
  • clarinet: hasn't slept since the app came out, sunburned, crazed look overall
  • saxophone: threatens to physically beat up member of another team, drives instead of walking, intense af
  • trumpet: spends more time talking to other players than playing, won't stop mentioning their powerful teams in the ds games, wearing ash ketchum's baseball cap
  • mello: yells at people not wearing shorts, wades into bodies of water for a good catch, very devoted
  • trombone: takes too many photos of themselves with pokémon using virtual reality, has sound effects on full blast in public spaces, generally living it up
  • tuba: brings food with them just in case, runs out of phone battery four miles away from their house, camps out until someone comes looking for them
  • pit percussion: that person who threw their actual phone to try and catch a charmander, afraid of finding a dead body, confused but excited about this
  • drum line: owns every gym in town, moves as a pack, dangerous
  • drum major: trying valiantly, their mother has already caught more pokémon than them, frustrated

even if your not the best drummer your still a percussionist? i don’t care if you play the triangle or the quads, you are important no matter what part you are. i know snares get all the credit and fame, but your part is just as important as theirs and your director notices this even if he never comments on or praises you. you and your part is essential to the group, never forget that.

I think my favorite part about watching drum corps shows is the ending. not because is the big hit at the end or anything like that. Its because of the faces the performers make at the end of the show. Some people cry, some have a sense of pride about them, some have a stupid cheesy smile. The list goes on and on. I just think it is beautiful.