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I see only a couple things missing... :P

Two tours a year. First tour being north-south directions and second be east-west, or vice-versa.

A show every single day of tour. Not five shows total on second tour.

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You KNOW you're a fossil .....................and then had a police escort ..............

.....now you get the police called on you for violating the local noise or nuisance ordinance,................

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You remember what a "Saluting Officer" is and their duty during Color Presentation.... Maybe already posted but just mentioned this a few days ago in another place.

Firemans Parade with $2 "refillable" souvaneer mugs.

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When you are at a high school honors night setting up for a music performance and correct the ROTC color guard for violations of the Competitive Flag Code.

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.....now you get the police called on you for violating the local noise or nuisance ordinance,................

Actually, we got that reaction in 1970 too! We had left Garfield around midnight to go to Wildwood for state champs (forget if VFW or AL). We got in around 5-5:30 AM and started to practice on the beach next to a hotel, as we were on at the ridiculous hour of around 7:30 AM! Shortly after we started a police car comes up, and through his PA the cop told us to "...Stop the band music". We stopped...until he left. :lookaround:

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Actually, we got that reaction in 1970 too! We had left Garfield around midnight to go to Wildwood for state champs (forget if VFW or AL). We got in around 5-5:30 AM and started to practice on the beach next to a hotel, as we were on at the ridiculous hour of around 7:30 AM! Shortly after we started a police car comes up, and through his PA the cop told us to "...Stop the band music". We stopped...until he left. :lookaround:

1984 Westshoremen build a field corps from scratch in 6 weeks using old music so they could show up at Prelims. Did it with 6 straight weekend of "camp" at our drill "field" (aka parking lot) at City Island which is in the middle of the Susquehanna River by Harrisburg. Got told no music until 12:30 Sunday because we were bothering church services on one bank of the river (forget if H-burg or West Shore towns). Of course we asked if we could just turn around and play to the other bank of the river (NO!!!).

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Who remembers doing a parade, then having a few hours off to attend the carnival in your uniform pants and white t-shirt before the show??

Or doing a parade and then doing the show without having a few hours off in between? Today's brass staffs would have a fit over scenario like that!

:smile:

Fred O.

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BANG: The gun

Riding through various states on a school bus with no bathroom facilities

Learning to 'hold it' or pee in devices such as 2 liter soda pop bottles

Customizing your school bus with carpet, and other sundry items

Your back hurting and there were no such things as stands to hold your drums

The 'pit' marched with their instruments (ours grounded, but marched onto the field)

Sopranos, Mellos, French Horn, Contras

A drum sections drill being based almost entirely on formations around the 50 yardline

The horrible bugs at whitewater

Knowing what 'timp-toms' were

Slingerland TDRs & Cut-aways

Getting to a show and competing against a corps you had never heard of (because there were sooo many!)

Junior corps from Canada

tastefully taped drum sticks with stripes

Audiences clapping along because they knew the music

Having our corps director frequenhtly say 'no fraternization' meaning no sneaking across to the girl's side or vice-versa.

Timing gun = yes!

12 minute shows = yes!

Slings for every drummer - even Tymps! = yes!

Every drummer marched the whole show = yes!

Fleetwood recordings = yes!

All the equipment and lugguge all in the buses = yes!

Correction: "Off The Line" and "Exit" = yes!

There was no "Whitewater" = NO fossil points if you can't remember before Whitewater.

The arrival of your first equipment truck that didn't used to be a bread truck.

When the Quartermaster corps was one guy.

The arrival of a whole new set of Olds horns replacing the mis-matched set you won "Best Horn" caption on for years.

The set before that had slides.

Bb was something the number 2 bus had on the way to the show.

32 horns. 3 snares. 3 tenors. 2 triple toms. A big bass and a smaller (rudimentary) bass.

Standing still and playing very soft passages.

When the Trumball Troubadors had 50 members in the color guard.

Class "A" corps won championships.

Corps had the names of their towns attached to them like: Boston, Garfield, Anaheim, Chicago, Des Plaines ....

- haven't been around in a while and the IT guys took away my DCP fanatic status.

Stay loose,

Puppet

(you know, the guy from St. Rita's!)

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Judges wearing coveralls and overseas caps.

Carrying everything off-the-line and carrying everything off-the-field.

Nobody singing.

Nobody dancing.

Nobody running.

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32nd Hussar? Come on who was it? it's been 40 years

Since this thread has revived - it was the Devil Dogs from Clearwater Florida.

I never saw them, but will always remember that story!

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