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.
So yesterday my friend had a metronome in her back pack and when she sat her back pack down the metronome went off. The teacher freaked out and thought it was a bomb. The entire side of the school was evacuated due to a “bomb threat”. They had to have my band director explain the function of a metronome and what it sounded like. My favorite part was the way my principal described a metronome. “I have no idea what it is or what it’s called, but its a musical device that goes ‘ding, tut, tut, tut’.”
What we say:No no, you gotta watch the E's and the UH's and make sure you clean up that chuguhdut chuguhdut part, Just gotta make sure you watch the accents : 1 E and UH TWO e AND UH; you know? Oh and make sure that section doesn't rush: the 1 AND AND AND AND AND 4 AND, 1 E AND 2 and UH 3 E AND 4... Right?
What people think we're saying:你好你发胖的混蛋你大概翻译看它是否真正意味着什么?
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.
Well, today, one of the neighbors called the cops as she was walking down the street with a small child (not even at her house) and came into the parking lot while on her phone still right in front of the band parents as the band was taking parade laps for the upcoming Memorial Day parade. Here’s the rest of the story:
Today was the first time playing outdoors since the last neighbor incident. We were outside in the daylight at about 3:50pm (NOT 9pm). This was one last rehearsal to try to get used to the heat and marching after 6 months off from marching and getting some first timers used to playing and moving in parade formation. Unfortunately, it was cut a bit short by a visit from one of the neighbors and then the cops. The cop was just doing his job. We decided to just go inside and pack up while the band director talked to the police officer.
We were playing a medley of America the Beautiful, God Bless America, The Star Spangled Banner, and other patriotic favorites. Such a great arrangement done by our very own band director.
With that being said, please come show your support this Sunday at Rahway’s annual Memorial Day Parade! We’d love to see your smiling faces. Sure, many kids our age would rather be partying, going to the beach, or just hang around and be lazy, but our students feel honored to be invited to march and would rather perform in this parade each year to honor those who have served and sacrificed their lives to make ours possible. It is just our way of giving thanks and carrying on a tradition set and based off of military bands from even before our country existed. None of this seems like a crime to me. #SaveTheRahwayMarchingBand