Y’all remember my post about marching band, right? I mean, I posted it a few days ago. I’d hope your memory isn’t so bad that you’ve already forgotten it. Or maybe you didn’t see it. If not, then you should totally go check it out after you read this one.
Anyways, that post was just a short post about states, but this one is about everything !
We started in the summer with highly encouraged but still optional guard practices, just so that we’re not murdering band kids when band camp starts. Let me tell you; that was a good idea. Band camp was as expected: hot, miserable for the first day, and absolutely worth it. At the time, you may want to quit just because of band camp. You have to wake up early only to march for the length of a school day. Now that it’s been long over and the season is pretty much over, I can’t help but long for the next band camp.
I decided I wanted to do color guard at a very young age. Going to parades and things and seeing the people twirling flags, wow. I knew I wanted to do that. I didn’t know what it was called until last year. My older sister joined guard in as a freshman; two of her close friends had done it in 8th grade so we knew I could join. I don’t know why my sister thought I should join, since it’s her activity. She recruited me, and now she must deal with me. I’m not planning on quitting anytime soon.
Our first few football games were obviously a disaster. Not only were some band kids and the guard not entirely caught up in memorizing everything, but we had to do everything while marching properly to our drill spot.
Our first competition, however, was amazing. I think we either got second or third; I don’t actually remember (we could’ve even gotten first). It was pretty hot, but not too bad considering our guard uniforms are pretty much just unitards with some sheer fabric draped over it. Our uniforms are a deep maroon, still more on the pinkish side. Since we’re a high school band, we have to wear shorts under is of the same color as our skirts, and they go down mid thigh. Around the chest is sheer fabric just loosely hanging off to give an elegant effect. The skirt goes down to our ankles and is made of the same material and color as the sheer fabric.
Our overnight competition was so fun. We traveled down to Virginia Beach and went to Busch Gardens the day after the competition. I roomed with the three other youngest in our marching band. We’re not technically supposed to be in marching band (since we’re in 8th grade), but since our guard used to be so small, we got permission. Since we went during October, Busch Gardens was currently doing their Halloween activities. We stayed for most of the day, and dinner took place at 4:30. We had to do announcements before we could leave back for the buses to get back home, so our dinner ended at 5:45; which just so happens to be when the scary things start. Now, here’s a fun fact about me that you might not have expected. I’m a complete wimp. I noticed the workers in their Halloween costumes, and I knew I was screwed. I vividly remember watching them walk up to me, fully expecting a scare. Maybe a nice giggle or just threateningly trailing me, but no. You want to know what they did? They literally just screamed at me. That may not sound scary, but I’m a literal coward. I started crying. I don’t know why I included this, considering I don’t want to talk about it. Oh well.
Our marching band show was titled “Night At The Ballet,” so our show consisted of four songs from popular/well-known ballets. For song one, also called part one, we had a song by Tchaikovsky. It was a mix of a Sleeping Beauty song and a song from Swan Lake. I don’t know song names so you won’t be getting any specifics. Part two was from Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov. Part three was the very well known story of Romeo and Juliet, written by Prokofiev. Our closure song was from Firebird by Stravinsky.
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Sorry if this was a bit confusing or boring, but I still hope you enjoyed! You know, I just told you all about my first season of color guard, why don’t you tell me about your first experience with something? Whether it’s a sport or an arts program, I’d love to hear.
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