Edited by baja, 14 June 2012 - 07:45 AM.
Describe your longest day in drum corps
Posted 14 June 2012 - 07:35 AM
Posted 14 June 2012 - 08:06 AM
Anyone remember the North Tonawanda show in 1975 and who was supposed to be in it?
The scores were:
Argonne Rebels 81.70
Seattle Marksmen 74.00
Seattle Imperials 73.20
Alabama Charioteers 71.50
Colt 45s 69.60
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 06:44 AM
DUH! Just saw the scores above LOL
In 1975 I was on staff of the Glassmen. I was the "equipment manager", "truck driver" and "bus driver" at the ripe old age of 22. The corps was a roudy bunch in those days with just a few instructors and maybe a "chaparone" as we traveled in yellow school buses which did about 50 mph downhill. We went on our first tour, ever. It started out from Toledo, then to Cleveland, then Bowling Green,and then to Bellefontaine for a week long rehearsal before going to North Tonawanda and then to Philly. Our hired bus drivers quit after Bowling Green so myself and several marching members took over the driving of three busses and one equipment truck. WE started in the mornig and on the way from Bellefontaine to North Tonawanda we had engine trouble and had to pull out of the show that night. Kept on driving all nighto on down to Philly we caravaned arriving mid morning. Probably a 24 hour trip driving with no sleep. About 2 am we went through toll booth in the mountains somewhere and the corps director saw a few orange cones we needed to set up the practice field sitting there by the side of the road. He directed us to liberate them and they soon joined our traveling circus. Anyone remember the North Tonawanda show in 1975 and who was supposed to be in it?
Edited by KeithHall, 19 June 2012 - 06:45 AM.
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 11:16 AM
Posted 19 June 2012 - 09:03 PM
I was with a local-circuit junior corps (Sacred Heart Crusaders from Manville, NJ... we competed in the Eastern States circuit).
That day, we did two parades... then a field exhibition after the second parade... and then two contests.
I'm not sure I've ever been so tired in my entire life as I was at the end of that day.
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Posted 28 June 2012 - 12:20 PM
Posted 28 June 2012 - 10:39 PM
We're having one of those "legendary" Garfield-Death-Camp rehearsals in '86' when, in the last number, Thom Hannum gets the idea to get rid of this little call-and-answer two bar break where th horns play and instead have just the drumline play the roll-off from the 20th Century Fox fanfare. It's supposed to be cute. Well, you know how muscle memory gets the best of you? At that point in the show I know what I'm supposed to play, 'cause I've been doing it for 4 months. I play lead baritone. I heard them say for the horns not to play. I heard them. But when we ran it...
I honked the crap out of my part. I'm the only one.
"WHO PLAYED?" (Crap! That was me!)
"Uhh, I did!"
"WHAT ARE YOU, AN IDIOT!? AGAIN!!"
So we do it again I'm beating myself up a little bit. We run it.
I honk the crap out of my part.
"WHO PLAYED!! WAS THAT YOU!!?? RUN A LAP!!!"
(What the hell's wrong with me!? Get it together!"
I run a lap just in tme to run it again.
I absolutely NAIL the part.
"RRUUUUNNNN!!!! RUN 'TIL I GET TIRED!!!!!!"
I must've run +10 laps. It's 95+ degrees. I'm hallucinating. All I can see at the two lines on either side of me on the track. Finally Hannum tells me to get back in line. I'm physically toast.
"IT DOESN'T WORK. DO IT LIKE YOU ALWAYS DID."
All that for nothing. We played it like we did for finals.
You know what? I didn't play it for 4 shows. I was too friggin' scared. True story. That was my longest day.
Posted 29 June 2012 - 12:50 AM
Edited by Toby, 29 June 2012 - 12:52 AM.
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