Band Nerds Unite

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    Apr 30, 2009 8:58 PM GMT
    Given the recent forum about a marching band girl who used her baton to give some thugs a major smack-down and after reading some of the comments, I was a little curious about how many RJer's are or were in a marching band (at the risk of outing myself as a huge nerd) during high school or college.

    If you were, what instrument did you play (or were you in the colorguard)? What was a favorite show of yours? (and post a video if you have one)

    I just finished up my last season in my college marching band, which is a bit depressing. When I marched though, I played trumpet, and for my last season I was drum major.

    And my best show: our Halloween show from 2007. We did the Thriller dance for the last song, which got a standing ovation from the entire stadium. In the video below, I'm one of the trumpets in the first row on the left side of the field.

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    Apr 30, 2009 9:00 PM GMT
    euphonium all through school, then switched to sousaphone my junior year of high school on a lark when the two tuba players in our band failed classes and couldn't go to UIL.
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    Apr 30, 2009 9:29 PM GMT
    I always get a kick out of watching marching band videos like this..

  • WSUBrad

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    Apr 30, 2009 10:05 PM GMT
    I loved marching band!

    I went to a small high school in Southeast Kansas. We had a small group, but always had a good time. I marched with my saxophone in the 7th, and 9th grades. My 8th grade, and Sophomore - Senior years I was the drum major.

    I am a student at Wichita State University right now. We dont have a football team, or a marching band. I am excited, though, to be student teaching at Southeast High school here in Wichita next semester. They have one of the best marching bands in the area. I'm getting excited for the season already!

    I've always been a big fan of DCI and try to make it to the competitions any time they are in the area.

    Thanks for this post, it got me all excited again!
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Apr 30, 2009 10:12 PM GMT
    I'm a Maryland alum, and our band was great, I'd love it when they'd bust out the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song. Great vid.
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    Apr 30, 2009 10:21 PM GMT
    Band Fags
    I was Drum Major in High School and did 2 years in the James Madison University band.
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    Apr 30, 2009 10:25 PM GMT
    1969er saidBand Fags
    I was Drum Major in High School and did 2 years in the James Madison University band.


    Heh, looks like an interesting book. I'll definitely have to look it up.

    JMU has an awesome band, though. I have a few friends there now, and getting to hear them play is always an experience.
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    May 01, 2009 12:39 AM GMT
    1969er saidBand Fags
    I was Drum Major in High School and did 2 years in the James Madison University band.


    That is really cool, JMU's band is better than their football team. My hat goes off to you for being in the JMU band.

    However, I do protest the Band Nerd, it is Band Geek.

    I myself was a French Hornist. Couldn't stand my senior year band teacher, so I quit. icon_cry.gif
  • DukeAtreides

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    May 01, 2009 12:48 AM GMT
    Alto sax, University of Michigan, 3 years.

    Best show? Either Led Zep or Animation Domination.

    Speaking of which... the band folks should be over soon to party.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    May 01, 2009 1:00 AM GMT
    I was in the marching band back in high school, despite having not played for about 5 years before my friend, the drum major, went on a major recruiting effort to ensure that there would be enough people to have a marching band.

    And I played the flute.

    I can tell you, songs like Get Ready for This sound very weird 3 octaves above middle C.
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    May 01, 2009 1:16 AM GMT
    I was a Bari sax Player...and I'm Berry sexy...FUCK YEAH! GO BAND GO!
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    May 01, 2009 1:40 AM GMT
    I played Trumpet. We placed second behind Marian Catholic in the 1988 Summer Nationals in Whitewater. Not bad for 80 pieces including color guard and drill team. Our show was awesome. The music was bizarre. It was an incomprehensible rendition of Home on the Range then Rain Maker and closing with a tricked out version of When You Wish Upon a Star.
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    May 01, 2009 1:45 AM GMT
    Alto, tenor, and bari saxes in marching and symphony bands in high school. Did not continue marching band in college, but the Michigan State Marching Band gets my heart pumpin every time.





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    May 01, 2009 2:51 AM GMT
    Oh, yeah. Fortunately, that was eons before youtube, or even hand-held video cams, so no clip survives.

    It was very strange in 1980 - we had the worst football team in the country, but there was a road-trip to Tokyo. So we had a 250-piece band, with about six levels of auditions to get in. (Normally, they take anyone they can get.)

    Even then, it seemed kind of strange to get so good at something so pointless. At least it was a bit of exercise (we were high-steppers) and a study break after dinner on weeknights.

    I still send them a check every year.
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    May 01, 2009 10:33 AM GMT
    I also played trumpet, and band was definitely my place in high school. It's hard to say which field show was the best or most memorable - we did a South Pacific one, a Jurassic Park one, and one where we opened with the theme from Hook, but I can't remember what else we played. My college only had a wind ensemble and jazz bands, and I was the band manager there - but honestly, college was more about academics and water polo, and my band days were phasing out. The closest I've come to playing trumpet since college has been bugling at a summer camp.
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    May 01, 2009 10:52 AM GMT
    First of all, I'd just like to say that I'm neither a band geek nor a band nerd. I prefer to be called a band DORK. icon_smile.gif

    Now that that's out of the way, I did marching band all 4 years of HS and marched piccolo. After that, I moved on to college where I marched my first yeard on piccolo and then played mellophone the remaining three years. I picked up mellophone so that I'd be able to march in a drum and bugle corps, and that's exactly what I did.

    I marched in 2006 with Glassmen. This was the year we did the "Beethoven: Mastery and Madness" show. Sadly, there aren't really any good clips of it on Youtube anymore (copyright issues with DCI), but I loved that show and feel really lucky to have been a part of that season! Would have loved to have done another year, but I was a rook-out and didn't get the opportunity to ever go back. If anyone is thinking about marching DCI, I highly recommend it. You'll never forget the summers you spend marching.

    And just one more little advertisement, I can't say enough about how the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps treats its members. Also, DCI is a great place for us mo's. I know quite a few people who outed themselves out to their corps before anyone else, because they felt so comfortable there.

    Go band!
  • junknemesis

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    May 01, 2009 10:54 AM GMT
    I wasn't in band. icon_sad.gif I was in Choir, and JROTC Colorguard. As the short guy I generally held the U.S. Flag for the Colorguard which was a big honor, (though it was heavy!)

    I remember the first time I went on the football field carrying the flag. I was already out as gay by then, and there were murmors throughout the stands. However, a few of my friends stood up and held their hands over their hearts, and that prompted a few more to join in. Soon everyone had followed suit.

    I went to a rather liberal Highschool, and they weren't very patriotic, so this was a rare thing to see.

    Then the Band began to play the National Anthem. They played so well, doing it a great honor. There was a spirit there on the field that was very strong, and very special. It seemed the very earth at our feet thrummed to the beat of the song, filling the air with a magic of its own.

    The cheers upon completion of the anthem had a physical boom, and it was great.

    For the rest of that year, I held the U.S. Flag, and my nerd and geek friends came to my games.

    And our Band continued to rock the kazbah. icon_cool.gif
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    Oct 30, 2010 8:29 AM GMT
    . . . this thread deserves more attention . . .

    . . . anyhoo, I can't really top "marched piccolo" but I did play French Horn in my high school's marching band (go mules!) . . . and it was fun . . . so if my hip cred goes way down, so be it . . . i don't care

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    Oct 30, 2010 8:32 AM GMT
    You called??????

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    Oct 30, 2010 8:33 AM GMT
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    Oct 30, 2010 8:34 AM GMT
    DukeAtreides said
    Speaking of which... the band folks should be over soon to party.


    This one time ..... at bang camp... icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 30, 2010 9:30 AM GMT
    Nope...I was in the locker room hydrating and preparing for the second half while the bands played. I did play alto sax though for fun!

    Sooooooo...ummmmmm... "this one time at band camp"...! lol
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    Oct 30, 2010 9:38 AM GMT
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    Oct 30, 2010 11:06 AM GMT
    I have to say that in primary school I was pretty awful to the marching band members. Concert/classical musicians were always held up by all.
    But we used to give what for to the marching band dweebs all of the time. icon_redface.gif
    We were pretty awful. icon_sad.gif
    Cheers,
    Keith
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    Oct 30, 2010 11:13 AM GMT
    Band camp was vanilla. I had more sex fun at Bible camps. icon_twisted.gif