Top Ten Absurd Tendencies Marching Band Members HavePeople have some crazy things come to mind when they mention marching band. Stereotypically, they'd say nerdy, and it's true, but with a few outliers. However, there are many more words people have used, and they can only be described by band people. So, some of the awkward, weird, and you-won't-get-it-unless-you-were-there tendencies marching band people have.
Among some of the favorite sections many of us marching band people dislike are trumpet players, who have egos about 10 times the size of an average, drumline who can't stop "hacking", which is a term we use for tapping (but it's so fun to tap), and tubas for being plain immature (no offense to anyone who plays these instruments).
Trumpets won't shut up and almost always overplayAnd the ever present clarinet vs flute
You know those American Pie movies, where someone always HAS to bring up band camp? It's kind of the same for us, where we mention bizarre stories about what happened. However, we won't tell ALL of our stories... because they're just so absurd, you'd have to be in marching band to understand!
We had a male stripper run through our band camp, argue with our director, and eventually taken away by the police. What happened at band camp, stayed at band camp that very day.
One time, at band camp…
Hey, let's ask those people who waste their time and money on sports equipment to do one thing: Pick up a bass drum, which is light, but you can barely see over it, then march in time with everyone else, play at the same time, or if you're one of those "wind people", do visuals, carry, and play your instrument. They just don't understand...
I know right everyone think percussion instruments are easy no
Since I am anonymous for the most part on this website, I've got to say one of the perfect stories as an example: at band camp, I ended up in a cabin full of people who'd you think had a combined IQ of 5. They started jumping up and down so much, it cracked a small crack in the ceiling of the people below us. I'm shocked we didn't get kicked out...
That is because, while we do act alike in ways, we strangely act different. We're like a family in a way: We don't always have to talk to each other, but we are strangely alike, which bonds us together. Not only that, but we seem to alter our topics around others, and we have non-band frends.
A lot of us are plain crazy and because of marching band me and my squad of 16 people do everything together. We even refer to eachother as the instrument they play
Often, a newbie comes in, a few people say hi, and they basically spend the year learning the steps and habits of marching. Not all newbies are freshmen by the way. But even if you're a newbie who knows experienced people, it takes a while to adjust to the big community. And there is an awkward induction, which will be disclosed (see number 2).
There are a few annoying things about marching band, but the main reason people stay is because it's fun, and what we make in the end is an amazing product. Another reason we stay is of course the community. And some people even do front ensemble/sideline because they hate marching so much!
Our humor comes from all different roots, from sarcastic, to punny, to rather cruel, to sexual, and the occaisonal joke about the coaches. A joke about the drumline coach is very easy to make, where all you do is make a girly midwestern accent and tell people to quit tapping.
I'm not part of a marching band but I'm like this too.
We had to make up section mottos for bandcamp. Us trombones used “We’re afraid of what’s gonna happen.” but the mellophones win this round- their motto was “Do what we did, and get mad at trees! ” and I just know this is an inside joke
85% of the jokes aren't even remotely funny, and NOBODY laughs at them, yet they keep flowing.
Getting a marching band member is about as easy as finding a needle in a 3km/3km/3km cube of hay. Our attention spans are quite small, and we often find ourselves going from one thing to the next quickly. The only way to grab our attention is to promise a candy bar or a game of Cards Against Humanity (if you don't know what that is, chances are you shouldn't).
Parade marching is bloody hell, everywhere from the start of the parade and the prepping and waiting, to the hour, long march whrre you lose track of time and nearly faint, to the boredom of continuously playing the fight song (or carrying the sign for front ensemble/sideline).
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Everyone in my drumline always talks about memes and just really stupid stuff and no one understands what they are talking about except for them. It's really confusing. At every practice they talk like Forrest Gump and talk about conspiracy theories but yea basically everyone is constantly confused by out drumline.
Everyone in my band have watched Doctor Who and have doctor everything
You only got 37 days and you are in band camp, simple