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25 Facts You Know To Be True If You Were In A High School Marching Band

"Why is that football team on my marching field?"

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1. You hated when anyone called you a "band nerd" or "band geek" unless they were a fellow band member.


2. The most exciting thing about the beginning of the marching season was new half-time music.


3. Your excitement for new music was only matched by your excitement for the new drills that went with them.

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4. And you low-key judged other bands that had simpler drills than you.

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5. Instead of worrying about an english or math test, you stressed about having your music memorized in time for your playing quiz.

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6. You did conditioning training just like any other sports team... and had no problem explaining that you worked just as hard as they did.

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7. Because of all the conditioning, you loved being able to sub out gym credits for marching band.


8. You could always tell when someone was just walking instead of rolled step marching.

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9. You probably assumed any clear puddles in the band room were spit from the brass section.

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10. You got close with your squad... maybe a little too close.

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11. And while you loved everyone in your squad, there was still a little competition for chair positions.

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12. Your weekend plans usually consisted of a Friday night game and a Saturday afternoon competition.

13. And thankfully there was usually a party after both.

14. You could always count on getting ~*hot gossip*~ at those parties, which your friends outside of band would never understand.

15. You developed crushes on fellow band members based on their musical talent or skill.

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16. And after working up the courage to talk to your crush during a water break, you tried using band specific pick-up lines.

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17. There were prejudices against specific instruments because of that ONE PERSON WHO FORGOT TO TUNE AND RUINED IT FOR EVERYONE.

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18. And the jealousy of another section having a better part was real.

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19. You had a love/hate relationship with any stand music that was converted from popular songs.

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20. During practice, "one more time" really meant "twenty more times."

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21. Every once in a while you found composer notes that explained exactly how you felt.

22. People made you laugh when they tried to talk about your instrument without knowing anything about it.

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23. Band camp wasn't as sexy as everyone thought...

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24. But of course, you had some raunchy stories.

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25. And finally, at the end of the day you realized band was a bonding experience that no one else would ever understand.

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