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FDP Forum / I'd Hit It! - Drums and Percussion / Marching band

andrewginger music


whall's son
Aug 1st, 2011 11:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just joined and had my first marching band practice today. I came into practice wanting to do the quads or the snare drum. But ended up being 2nd bass drum. Im going to be a freshman this coming up school year, so Im a newbie. Any Thoughts? Comments? newbie tips?

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So. Cal. USA

Aug 1st, 2011 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very cool, congrats!

I marched in jr. high and in high school. Played tenor drum the first year in HS as there where too many drummers and not enough equipment:-( This was a real shock to a 1st chair player in Jr high. My last year was '74, 37 years ago. I did do a short stint with an alumni drum corp this spring. Played 2nd bass,fun.

Tips? Memorize your music. Make it a point to do this as quickly as possible. It will make the marching much easier if you don't have to think about your playing. It will just flow out of you.

Memorize the other parts in the drum line as well. Practice the other bass parts, quads & snare parts. These songs seem to keep croping up year after year. Nice to know all the parts 'cuz next year you will most likely play a snare or? on the same tune.

Cool to help other members of the drum line too. Somebody is having trouble with sticking or a memory lapse and you click it off on the rim of you bass drum. This stuff will take you to section leader, guaranteed. Be humble however. Don't show off. Save that for the show.

Set goals. As you reach them move them higher. There is no subsitute for diligent practice.

I had a great time in band. The away games where the best. A bus ride, in the dark and the band is Co-ed! Much better than a sweaty bus full of guys on the players bus. But.......be carefull young man.

andrewginger music


whall's son
Aug 1st, 2011 01:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Those are alot of very neccessary tips that can be easily missed. Ill be sure to keep note of them. I also played bass in concert band, symphonic band, jazz band and orchestra last year. (quite alot to keep track of). So ive had little tastes of those riding on a coach bus at night and competing experience. So i cant wait for what other exiting things that'll take place in the marching band. which includes playing at the football games.

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Connecticut USA

Klaus & The Rooster have been there, too
Aug 1st, 2011 02:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nothing to offer but congratulations.

I saw a couple of marching bands last week at a local parade, and the drum sections really impressed the heck out of me.

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Willoughby, OH , USA

I'm arrogant and a moron
Oct 11th, 2011 01:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

My son had to have his arm twisted to join marching band in high school. He admits it was one of the best things he could have done. First year the section leader reinforced the need to study 'cause "nobody in my section is flunking out of band." Everybody in that band was above C average.
This was a "competition band. Like a drum and bugle corps. Everything was very strict as far as performance.
By second year he was helping freshman with marching technique and tutoring several brass instruments.

He currently plays in the college concert band and pepband.

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So. Cal. USA

Oct 11th, 2011 03:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Willoughby, OH"

Hey shunka, I'm from Berea, OH. Our HS band competed regularly against Willoughby South when I was in high school. Football team too. Fun stuff.

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So far out-o-da-loop

I can't even find the rope!
Nov 3rd, 2011 06:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cool and congrats.

I did marching band in school and got to march in the 1969 New Years Day Rose Parade and half-time at the Army-Navy game.

No advice to add except never be satisfied with how good you are because there's always someone better. You can however be satisfied with and proud of your progress.

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Willoughby, OH , USA

I'm arrogant and a moron
Nov 28th, 2011 11:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hammond 101,
I remember some very cold evenings in the Berea Stadium. Willoughby South qualified for State Competition evry year and left with Superior ratings almost every time.
I used to drop my son off for priactice In July and August. The football team would be arringing at the same time. I'd pick hi up in the after noon and the team was long gone but the band would still be drilling.
Today he reads music that has so many notes that the page doesn't even look white anymore, and plays it on the first try. He's one of the better T-bone player in the college concert band - and he's not even a music major.

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So. Cal. USA

Nov 28th, 2011 11:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I remember some very cold evenings in the Berea Stadium."

Cold, wet, but always fun. Those where great times. The fall of '71. '72 & '73 for me. Band practice started about 8 am each weekday in July and August. We'd go 'til 3-4 in the afternoon as well. Rain or shine we were out there on the practice field. Quite hot and humid during those months. A real contrast to marching in the snow later in the season.

Willoughby South was really our only local competition. You guys were quite good.

39 years later I can still sight read drum charts. I guess the band director drilled it in pretty hard. I'm glad your son stuck with it. These are skills he will use for the rest of his life.



hmm Hairy Eyeball not just for breakfast
Dec 9th, 2011 12:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

some of the best life lessons I got were from being in HS band. It was hard and you had to keep grades up and practice. You got great seats at the football games and away games were great for the co-ed reasons stated

Payoff were things like marching in President Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Parade for NJ. Marching down Pennsylvania Ave was a highlight. Marching in NY for St Patricks day Parade was awesome.

The best thing however was meeting my wife in band. My best friend and bandmate married my wifes best friend and bandmate. The 4 of us had a great time in band!

Enjoy it and use it to increase your music theory. It will help when you get out and jam with others

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Dec 10th, 2011 09:54 AM   Edit   Profile  


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Dec 20th, 2011 03:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

This brings back memories. When I was 12 I wanted to play drums, just like the Monkees, so I joined the local drum and bugle band .... and they put me on bugle!

I was never very good at it, but I do remember the out-of-town trips and the fun.

Something that a marching band can teach that doesn't get mentioned much are ensemble skills. You have to learn how to play as a unit. That can be invaluable later on in life, especially in the world of rock, with its excessive emphasis on soloists.

(This message was last edited by Hendo at 03:49 PM, Dec 20th, 2011)

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