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21 minutes ago, Jurassic Lancer said:

When 27th performed for the opening ceremonies in the 1980 Olympics, the solution to valves freezing was antifreeze. 

Actually, the proper anti-freeze to use is ethanol.  It can used in (on) the valves (regular antifreeze is poisonous) and also imbibed by the player!  That was our (Les Diplomates) remedy for the cold midnight carnival parades (late January) in Quebec City. 

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As someone who has taught Maine high school marching bands since the late 70's, I would offer this:  The best antifreeze (by far) is SCOPE mouthwash.  It doesn't harm the instrument ( not even woodwind pads), it won't harm the members, and it doesn't taste bad.  We have had two Maine finals in the last 7 years with heavy snow at the show, and this works great.  BTW, it is usually the saxophone section that freezes first.  Of course, if you are at 30 degrees the mallet percussion/woodwind pitch situation gets interesting really fast.  Also, frostbite can be a concern with drummers since they obviously aren't wearing gloves.  :)

 

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35 minutes ago, craiga said:

As someone who has taught Maine high school marching bands since the late 70's, I would offer this:  The best antifreeze (by far) is SCOPE mouthwash.  It doesn't harm the instrument ( not even woodwind pads), it won't harm the members, and it doesn't taste bad.  We have had two Maine finals in the last 7 years with heavy snow at the show, and this works great.  BTW, it is usually the saxophone section that freezes first.  Of course, if you are at 30 degrees the mallet percussion/woodwind pitch situation gets interesting really fast.  Also, frostbite can be a concern with drummers since they obviously aren't wearing gloves.  :)

 

Didn't know they still made Scope!

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1 hour ago, craiga said:

As someone who has taught Maine high school marching bands since the late 70's, I would offer this:  The best antifreeze (by far) is SCOPE mouthwash.  It doesn't harm the instrument ( not even woodwind pads), it won't harm the members, and it doesn't taste bad.  We have had two Maine finals in the last 7 years with heavy snow at the show, and this works great.  BTW, it is usually the saxophone section that freezes first.  Of course, if you are at 30 degrees the mallet percussion/woodwind pitch situation gets interesting really fast.  Also, frostbite can be a concern with drummers since they obviously aren't wearing gloves.  :)

 

And you and your horn will be minty fresh. 

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5 hours ago, Terri Schehr said:

And you and your horn will be minty fresh. 

You realize, of course, that mouthwash's main ingredient is mint flavoured ethanol.  For those of drinking age, you might as well use creme de menthe. :lle:

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For "antifreeze" I would just ask the trombone section. Can always find some 5 o'clock vodka back there.

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9 hours ago, Bob P. said:

You realize, of course, that mouthwash's main ingredient is mint flavoured ethanol.  For those of drinking age, you might as well use creme de menthe. :lle:

Even better. 

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For those worrying whether frostbite will inhibit Junior from having a great audition, here's the game plan for today's band championships earlier today in the stadium before Cadets begin at 5 pm.. ( Info gleaned from corps website, GH vids, and volunteered sources.)

https://yea.org/news/1873-usbands-cold-weather-action-plan

Cadets will use the heated indoor lounges, club rooms, and conference rooms for tonight's rehearsal with Brass in the Toyota conference suite. Guard will use the heated tunnels tonight for tosses and other heated rooms for movement. Ditto with the percussion dudes and dudettes. Tomorrow guard will be at a local high school. Temps tomorrow for outdoor drill block around lunchtime are slated to be 48-52 degrees. And then there is next camp in Houston, Texas.

Fear not oh faithful fans of Cadets. FHNSAB...

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For the curious, corps' FB page (via DCI.org, corps tab) has video preview of how and where auditions and practice will be. Tour of stadium is massive. Plenty of room, plenty of heat. Plenty of GH.

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