Top Ten Absurd Tendencies Marching Band Members Have

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People have some crazy things that come to mind when they mention marching band. Stereotypically, they'd say nerdy, and it's true, but with a few outliers. However, there re 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.

The Top Ten

1 Having a dislike for at least one other section in the band

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). - Turkeyasylum

Trumpets won't shut up and almost always overplayAnd the ever present clarinet vs flute

2 What happens at band camp, stays at band camp

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! - Turkeyasylum

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… - PetSounds

3 We have to let everyone know it's harder than it looks

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... - Turkeyasylum

I know right everyone think percussion instruments are easy no - 2storm

4 We don't think before we do

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... - Turkeyasylum

5 As individuals, we are indistinguishable from anyone else, but in groups, we are easy to spot

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. - Turkeyasylum

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

6 The awkward introduction for newbies

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). - Turkeyasylum

7 Slightly hating marching, but still doing it because it's fun

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! - Turkeyasylum

8 Bizarre sense of humor

85% of the jokes aren't even remotely funny, and NOBODY laughs at them, yet they keep flowing.

I'm not part of a marching band but I'm like this too. - RiverClanRocks

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. - Turkeyasylum

9 It's hard for us to stay on topic

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). - Turkeyasylum

10 We do not like parade marching

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).

Thanks for reading! - Turkeyasylum

The Contenders

11 Everyone liking doctor who

Everyone in my band have watched Doctor Who and have doctor everything - 2storm

12 Drumline being a group of immature people

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.

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