Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Marching Band and Drum Corps
on your toes. Another good calf workout...
WGI. Goody, goody, I get to work with a top 10 WGI group in July. Lucky me. P.S. It stands for Winter Guard(s) International.
|Here is a pretty universally named flag basic. The pole is first at attention, your top hand is flipped upside down, the move is done by rotating the flag in a swoop in front of you and then behind you, using the hand that was upside down. What is this basic called?||Silk Squads and Marching Bands
butterfly. That's the most universally named basic I know. Everyone calls things differently.
No. No, but I've seen that as well. The rules state that everyone must twirl I believe it is 3 minutes. Judges bend the rules though.
march over them. Again, the show must go on...I've seen girls knock themselves out with a flag or weapon, get up with a bloody nose, and continue the show. I've also seen people fall during competition and just lay still while everyone marched over and around them.
solo. I've had a couple of those...
Winter Guard. Although I loved field show, winter guard was definitely my favorite when I truly got to shine.
3. Something you learn quickly, especially when you are out of synch with the rest of the squad and nobody knows why...
woodwinds . Auxiliary (aka band front or silk squad) is also part of this mix. However, I was trying to make it easy instead of using the technical name.
marking time. Over the years, I thought that my whole life revolved around marking time. It is really silly if you think about it.
drill. Field shows were always so much fun and awesome to watch (when the group was good that is...).
flag . My personal favorite was rifle as I was on the rifle line for several years and captain my senior year. Something about having a five pound piece of wood spinning somewhere overhead that was intriguing. Hard hat anyone?
pit . I was sometimes envious of those people as I sweated it out on many a hot day at band camp...
roll step. A beautiful thing when synchronized...good calf workout as well.
Concord, CA. The Blue Devils were the 2003 DCI Champions.
Rosemont, IL. The Cavaliers, like The Scouts, are an all-male corps.
Bergenfield, NJ. The Cadets are another of the DCI elite having won multiple DCI Championships
Lexington, KY. The Southwind reappeared on the Drum Corps scene in the late 1990's after a multi-year hiatus.
Madison, WI. The Madison Scouts are one of the few remaining all-male corps left today.
Toledo, OH. The home field of The Glassmen is the Glass Bowl at the University of Toledo.
Denver, CO. Denver will play host to the 2004 Summer Music Games.
Santa Clara, CA. The Santa Clara Vanguard are one of the elite Drum Corps and have won multiple DCI Championships.
|Typically, how long is a Marching Band rehearsal on a weekday? (If rehearsals are held every day of the week)||Marching Band
Between one and three hours. Normally rehearsals go from 3:30 - 5:30 or 4:00 - 6:00. Some bands choose to have evening rehearsals, but they pretty consistently stay two hours long.
|How many bands are there in State Finals? (For the National Competition, not BOA or any other competition)||Marching Band
10. The top ten bands of the state, which is determined by the scores of each band at the shows over the past season, compete to be the best, and go on to Nationals.
Bands of America. BOA stands for Bands of America, a competition held each year where high school Marching Bands compete for the "top spot".
To conduct during a show. The Drum Major conducts during a show and is in charge of the band if no one else of higher authority is around. They may be in charge of warm-ups and basic block.
A Football Field. Just a regular football field, nothing special about it.
6-10 minutes. Each show must be six minutes long for it to be considered a "show".
8 - 5. The 8 - 5 step is eight steps every five yards or every yard line.
A book with coordinates telling you where you need to be on the field. Every member of the band needs to have a set book and most marching bands are very strict about having these on your person at all times.
Crossmen. Both the Cadets and Crossmen are sponsored by Youth Education in the Arts. YEA is a non-profit organization founded by George Hopkins.