MikeD

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  1. When did halftime get hijacked?

    That is what we do in the stands. Where it belongs, IMO. Most bands I have ever experienced do much the same in my area. In the stands we play tunes for the cheerleaders who have choreographed dance routines to our tunes. We do special drum cadences, etc. Halftime we do our one field show. Nothing wring with that, IMO. The band is still learning the show, so its not like we have time to spend learning two of them.
  2. When did halftime get hijacked?

    Yes, they are the second I know that does that; I had forgotten about them. Their football band doesn't rehearse much, and does pop=based shows. They have had a great music program for decades. I lived close to Roxbury from 80-92, my first house in Netcong and second in Flanders. Plus, they have some of the best ice cream anywhere at Cliffs on the traffic circle where Rts 10 and 46 come together.
  3. When did halftime get hijacked?

    I can't imagine having time enough to perfect two shows in the small time available for marching band at any school I have worked with since 1971. We provide a lot of support for the team and cheerleaders playing pep tunes n the stands throughout the game. We do our one and only field show at half-time. Reading here there are a few who create two shows, and I know one HS near me that does it, but not any band I have taught. To each their own.
  4. When did halftime get hijacked?

    We just got lights a few years back, so now we do Friday nights.
  5. When did halftime get hijacked?

    We do our competition show at games, so they are about that length here too.
  6. When did halftime get hijacked?

    What an amazing program they have.
  7. When did halftime get hijacked?

    The norm in my area of NJ is that visiting bands play pre-game if they even come. Home band does half-time. We stopped attending some away games the past few years, and if a game was Saturday we often left to attend a competition after performing, though we tried not to schedule a competition on a home game day. Sometimes band championships made that impossible. Home-coming in our conference the time allotted for half-time is extended a bit. We do our show, and then the king/queen court stuff is done. We would cove up the band and play something soft while they announced the king and queen for homecoming.
  8. On a different topic, SHE is coming back to "Dancing With the Stars"
  9. Uh, yeah...that was the point of my statement and emoji.
  10. When Garfield let our great percussion instructor George Tuthill go after the 71 season, two of Garfield's snares, all three of us tri-toms and two timpani players quit and moved over to the Cabs where he was also the percussion instructor. I decided not to march with the Cabs and went back to Garfield, but not to play a percussion instrument in honor of Gaorge. Played baritone in 72. I mean. who would want to play in a drum line taught by this new guy.....Fred Sanford. I had a great learning year on horn with Don Angelica, so it was not as bad as it looks!!!!
  11. 2017 DCA Finals

    And did great work with HS Bands in CT back when I was judging a lot up there. Great guy!
  12. 2017 DCA Finals

    Great job C2 and the two members of the band I teach!
  13. Oh, best wishes to the Pratt family. Jack and I taught the GSC Wayne, NJ, King's Regiment in 1977. I wrote the book and worked primarily with the mallets and timpani, while Jack worked the snares and tenors. I spent many an afternoon at his house in Hawthorne discussing the show (and life in general). He had the most amazing collection of classical music albums you would ever want to see. If you wanted to hear a particular symphony, he'd ask by which orchestra and which conductor. He had the idea for our second drum solo of a section of a work by Wm Walton (first was an arrangement of Debussy's "Goliwog's Cakewalk"), the name of which escapes me. I ended up arranging a piece for brass quintet and percussion using his idea. We ended up second in the GSC that year. A GREAT man, and a marvelous instructor.
  14. How About Some Common Ground?

    No problem calling them drum corps.
  15. How About Some Common Ground?

    Absolutely, which is why it is silly that WW are not allowed. There should be no limits on instruments. I agree with you.