marching quads

Band Au Headcanons

Since people have been asking me about who plays what and things like that I’ll just make a post with my personal headcanons about the band au

  • Pidge, Hunk, Lance, and Allura all go to the same private school
    • I’m just gonna call it Altea Prep for now because i’m so original
  • Lance is a member of color guard along with Shay, Nyma, Rolo, Plaxum, and Florona
  • Pidge plays either oboe or clarinet. Maybe both. Haven’t decided yet
  • Hunk can play a lot of different brass instruments but during marching season he plays tuba/sousaphone and usually plays trumpet during concert season
  • Hunk and Lance used to play trumpet together but Lance eventually dropped out of band after one year to join color guard. He still remembers how to play though
  • Allura is the drum major and plays flute during concert season
  • Coran’s their band director. Always shows favoritism towards Allura but no one can really blame him for that
  • Their school mascot is a lion
  • Shiro, Keith, and Matt go to public school
    • It’s a lot less fancy than Altea Prep
    • Matt doesn’t go to the same school as Pidge because he failed the entrance exam. Also their parents don’t have the money to pay for both their tuitions
    • He was pretty bummed at first but he’s fine with public school
    • The school mascot is a purple cat?? Chinchilla?? No one really knows
  • Keith plays the trumpet
  • Shiro plays snare and bass drum. Most of the time its bass drum during marching season
  • Slav is a quad player. Somehow always ends up standing next to Shiro in the marching block
    • Shiro wishes for death 
  • Matt is on color guard.  
    • Mostly because in that leaked photo he has a staff/stick thing sooo
    • When Pidge invites Lance over sometimes they practice routines together
  • Lotor is their drum major
    • Probably only got the spot because he’s the principal’s son
    • No one really likes him tbh
    • He and Allura are ready to throw down at any second
    • Plays clarinet
  • Kolivan is their band director
  • Ulaz and Thace are tired seniors
    • Thace usually helps Keith with trumpet playing and stuff

Klance specific headcanons

  • Keith always goes to the color guard shows
    • He says that he’s just going to watch/support Matt
    • He’s lying
  • Lance also attends all the concerts
    • He’s supporting Pidge/Hunk/Allura of course
    • He’s totally not going for Keith
    • It just happens that Keith is sitting in a spot where Lance has a clear view of him
    • So it’s not his fault if he stared at Keith the whole time
  • Somehow they always sit together during award ceremonies
    • “The rest of your school is sitting on the opposite side of the stadium Lance”
    • “It’s too far to walk so I’m staying here Mullet”
  • Keith has to tie up his hair in a ponytail before putting on his hat
  • His hair is always a sweaty mess after a performance and he takes his hat off
    • Lance thinks it’s hot
    • No he doesn’t
    • Not now gay feelings
  • Both their schools performed at an amusement park the same day
    • They didn’t want to spend the rest of the day together, its just their mutual friends made them all hang out together
    • They got into a fight at the end of the day and ended up being distracted and losing their friend group
    • Then they took the wrong tram and ended up in the wrong parking lot
    • “What if the school buses left without us”
    • “Fuck”
Drumline secionals
  • Snares: Playing loops for days of the same 2 bars, hacking every time the tech turns away, if left alone expect nothing to be done
  • Quads: Plays a few bars, doesn't play for the next 20 minutes because they are too busy doing acrobats and talking about other quad lines
  • Bass Drums: Playing the same feature for almost the whole time because there is that one person who always fucks it up. Makes sex jokes constantly with tech
  • Cymbals: Stretch, be a badass, stretch, see how many things you can do with the cymbal, fuck around basically the whole time

ok so i’ve gotten quite a few messages lately asking me what kinda drums i play and so like i thought it would be kinda cool if i like made a lil drumming video for ya, so uh yeah here’s me drumming enjoyyy xx

the drums i play are called quads or tenors, whatever you wanna say but like this is just a practice pad and the actual drums weigh like 35-40 lbs so that’s cool 

but yeah you can scroll past this part if you want but like i’m in a 3A band that’s won state two years in a row and an open class drumline so that’s pretty cool i guess and last year was my first year as an 8th grader and now im a freshman so yeah i’m done bye

the marching band au: middle school
  • so first things first: shaw
  • ever since she was a wee bab shes needed a creative outlet to get out all her feely feels
  • her singing usually turned into screaming which turned into more destruction
  • pencils and pens snapped too easily
  • one day her child psychologist suggests music
  • her parents are super skeptical
  • who wants to shell out thousand for an instrument that shaw could throw across the room in a fit of rage?
  • and her psychologist is like yo: percussion
  • just let her beat the shit out of a practice pad
  • for hours
  • she breaks a lot of sticks in the beginning but theyre pretty cheap it’s fine
  • eventually they get her some pretty rad private music lessons
  • so shaw goes into middle school percussion as a small bundle of concentrated rage and talent
  • everyone expects her to move towards snare and eventually be drum captain when she gets into high school; she’s so precise and her technique is fine af
  • she walks up to the drum tech, hersh, halfway through her 8th grade year
  • “i wanna march quads”
  • to his credit, he doesnt even fucking blink
  • “then you’re gonna have to start working out, kiddo”
  • she nods seriously and he gives her an entire training regimen
  • she starts practicing up at the high school after her concert band practices so she can start learning the proper techniques to march quads
  • Certain People take notice
  • Certain People named root
  • watching her longtime crush suddenly develop biceps (and maybe even abs??? she caught a quick glance once time and she’s still not entirely sure she wasnt hallucinating) is quite the experience
  • real talk: root only joined middle school band for shaw
  • she even tried to sneak off over to the percussion section but the middle school director took one look at her and her long and gangly body and sealed her fate
  • “trombone”
  • honestly, director control doesnt expect much out of her
  • shes a scruffy kid from The Wrong Side Of Town. she’ll probably just be another lazy middle school punk that doesnt practice and forgets her sheet music and puts dents in her trombone
  • this lady CLEARLY underestimates root’s dedication to sameen shaw and her compulsive need to win at everything she sets her mind to
  • root’s the kid who never takes her instrument home because her mom yells that her practicing is making her hangover worse
  • so she just lives in the practice rooms
  • director control has to kick her out on more than one occasion
  • and to control’s credit, root DOES put like seven dents in her trombone over the course of three years
  • she’s really clumsy okay
  • the Worst
  • john’s the awkward kid with the bad haircut and the tuba
  • poor middle school john
  • joss “powerhouse” carter transfers in 7th grade year and melts everyone’s face off with her alto sax skills
  • fusco is stuck in tuba hell with john
  • finch is the clarinet nerd
  • dani is the super quiet kid who never talks in class but busts out some sick ass trumpet nonsense
  • harper plays tenor sax and throws little pieces of paper at dani during practice
  • hashtag middle school flirting
  • claire is a very nervous flute player who’s constantly second chair to martine “garbage can” however the fuck you spell her last name i cant be bothered
  • fuck martine, okay
  • hanna frey plays french horn and she and root have a sort of awkward “i kinda like you but you’re pretty in love with shaw and we’re bffs and exchanged friendship bracelets” thing
  • hanna moves away right before the beginning of high school and root starts dressing exclusively in black
  • root plays taps on her beat up trombone for weeks afterwards
  • root’s an over dramatic emo nerd
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Blue Devils 2014 tenor line. So clean!