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Artemis@BC
04-26-2012, 04:41 PM
I may have mentioned before that I play in a community concert band. We rehearse on Wednesday nights, and as I was driving home last night I thought to myself that my band experiences are pretty the same now as they were back in high school: few things in my life give me more pleasure, we all do it because we love it ... and we're all complete geeks.

The pleasure part is obvious -- making music a an ensemble is highly satisfying on both an intellectual and emotional level. But why is it so geeky? Is it the repertoire? The uniforms? (Though at least on that level our own band gets off very lightly -- esp. when we see what some of the other groups are wearing at the annual community band festival!)

Is there something inherently uncool about a bassoon or a French horn -- while an electric guitar or drums are "cool"?

Not that I care all that much of course, or I wouldn't still be doing it after all this time. Just one of those things that makes me think.

So ... where are all my other band geeks at?

NancyNC
04-26-2012, 05:52 PM
Band geek here! :-D I loved being in the band and for a short time was in a community orchestra as an adult, but time constraints and business travel worked against that. I would like to take it up again someday.

I play the flute, so of course there are always a number of people who want to hear me relate a "this one time at band camp story". :P

Grannyfan
04-26-2012, 06:43 PM
Another band geek here, though it was many, many years ago. I never really learned to play my clarinet very well due to lack of practice, but I surely did love my band experience.

I was a teacher for many years, and I think the music, art and drama kids are the coolest!

lmarie086
04-26-2012, 08:19 PM
Band geek! I played flute for 9 years, 4 of them in a competitive marching band. By the end of that I just needed a break and I'm sad to say I haven't really picked it back up since. I certainly intend to though, and I never was sorry to say I was in marching band. All the band geeks were really close in high school, too. Even on weekends that we didn't have shows, I was always out with the others.

In my experience, there's only a social stigma toward band in high school; somehow in college people start to think it's more cool. Or that's what I've seen, at least. My current school does not have a marching band (heck, we don't even have a football team! :lol: ) but the college I transferred from two years ago had a huge one, and I didn't like them because they only did pep band stuff, and jazz music. In high school my band did more voidy (I guess you could say haha) pieces by Key Poulan. I don't know if anyone here has heard of him, but a lot of bands in my region had their competitive shows composed by him.

I actually really want to go to the DCI championships someday; it's been a goal of mine since I graduated high school. Anyone else follow the professional drum corps?

michiruwater
04-26-2012, 08:55 PM
I'm such a band geek I majored in it :shuffle:

Finishing up my semester of student teaching at an awesome band program in Michigan tomorrow. We have State Festival tonight, actually, and I'm beyond excited to conduct them there. I'm so proud of this group, and so thankful I was placed here. I'm throwing them a pizza party to say goodbye tomorrow, and to thank them for a great semester and reward their hard work.

Clarinetist, by the way, though I've added many instruments to that since I first picked it up :)

Clarice
04-26-2012, 08:58 PM
I'm a clarinetist, too, and a 2nd generation band geek. My dad was a high school band director, so is my husband, I teach at the college level, and our oldest son is a high school orchestra director. I've never not been in a band, since I was 9 years old.

Mozart
04-27-2012, 12:48 AM
I'm a former band geek but still play a lot. I started playing flute in grade 7 band and liked it a lot and played well enough to get a B.Music degree in it ;) I played in band all throughout jr high, high and university. Now I teach elementary music/band and I still perform a lot, mostly in a flute/piano duo and in celtic and gospel "bands". I love, love, love performing. It is my favourite thing in the world to do and mostly play every weekend as I am a church musician as well.

BTW, yes I went to band camp........

woodstock
04-27-2012, 02:39 AM
Does playing the flag count? 6 years of twirling, high school and college!

nerdycool
04-27-2012, 04:15 AM
Another clarinetist here! I was always pretty hardcore while in school and was pretty good, although I was self-taught and my parents couldn't afford to get me lessons. The college I chose to go to didn't have a very good band at all, so I kinda lost my passion for it. About 7 years passed of me not even looking at my clarinet, and I learned that the church I was going to be married in had a small band ensemble. So I joined that and it was pretty fun. Then I learned that since the college band was so small, they accepted community members. They have a different director than when I went there, so I gave it a whirl. This is my second year doing it, and it's pretty enjoyable. The band still isn't the greatest, but they're advanced enough that the music we play is actually challenging... not the 7th-8th grade level music I played while I was still in college. I'm not even kidding about that last part. Anyway, I'll likely take at least the first semester off next year because I'll have a new baby, but I'm looking forward to going back for 2nd semester.

star_gazer11
04-27-2012, 07:31 AM
I was in school concert band for about five or six years - stopped because my flute was stolen at school. :mad:

It was fun while it lasted though - my friends were in band, and we got to practice during school hours as it was a class (poor strings had to come in earlier, I'm not sure why they didn't have equal status when band and choir were classes).

I enjoyed it so much more than playing piano, probably because of the social/community aspect. I was never motivated in piano, and flute seemed to come easier - I could get by with less individual practice. Flutes get the melody or at least more interesting parts. I don't think I could read music easily anymore though, it's been so long.

Flatfoote
04-27-2012, 11:12 AM
Does playing the flag count? 6 years of twirling, high school and college!

I hope so, since I was gonna ask if doing rifle in drum corps counted. I marched 6 years in the Blue Knights (Denver) back in the late 60's/early 70's. Oh, and shouldn't that be spinning, not twirling? ;) Back in my day anyway, we made that distinction so as not to get us confused with the baton twirlers. But of course, that was a very long time ago.


Band geek! I played flute for 9 years, 4 of them in a competitive marching band. By the end of that I just needed a break and I'm sad to say I haven't really picked it back up since. I certainly intend to though, and I never was sorry to say I was in marching band. All the band geeks were really close in high school, too. Even on weekends that we didn't have shows, I was always out with the others.

In my experience, there's only a social stigma toward band in high school; somehow in college people start to think it's more cool. Or that's what I've seen, at least. My current school does not have a marching band (heck, we don't even have a football team! :lol: ) but the college I transferred from two years ago had a huge one, and I didn't like them because they only did pep band stuff, and jazz music. In high school my band did more voidy (I guess you could say haha) pieces by Key Poulan. I don't know if anyone here has heard of him, but a lot of bands in my region had their competitive shows composed by him.

I actually really want to go to the DCI championships someday; it's been a goal of mine since I graduated high school. Anyone else follow the professional drum corps?

Yup, I've been a drum corps fan ever since I marched myself. Still follow the activity religiously. I've even been to the two DCI Championships that were held here in Denver in the late 70's as well as the one held here in 2004. And, to top it off, my mom and I are in a crowd shot on the DVD from 2004!

Oh, and I also played viola in jr/sr high school. So does that make me an orchestra geek too? :cool:

Artemis@BC
04-27-2012, 06:31 PM
Wow, we're pretty heavy on the high woodwinds here. Not that there's anything wrong with that -- I'm a flautist myself (and sorta tenor sax), but we need some middle & low voices if we want to get a really good balanced sound here.

Flatfoote
04-27-2012, 06:37 PM
Well, at least Woodstock and I are balanced out in the visual department.

Karina1974
04-27-2012, 08:38 PM
Well, at least Woodstock and I are balanced out in the visual department.


And me! Played clarinet from 5th to 10th grade (two years of that was bass clarinet), and dropped it because I was stuck with a HS band teacher who was CLUELESS about marching band (and this is just playing for football games and parades, not doing competitive field band). I switched to colorguard fulltime (rifle and banner) and stuck with that until I graduated. I was also a majorette/show twirler/competitive baton twirler for 12 years.

I must say that the way rifles are handled nowadays is disappointing. I grew up watching field band as well as winterguard 30+ years ago, as my oldest brother was in the high school marching/field band from 8th grade until he graduated, and in those days, they actually SPUN the rifles; now, they mostly just wave them around, with some throws now and then. And IMO dancing around with a rifle or sabre in your hands just looks STUPID; you need the military bearing (and uniform) and the precision drillwork for it to look right.

I was lucky to learn rifle from a woman who was a CG co-captain her senior year (1984) - she taught me how to do a "turnaround catch" (triple revolution throw with a single spin underneath - scared the crap outta me every time I would attempt it). She also used to DRILL us on the basic spins - right and left hand singles, back-and-forth, hand-over-hand... all stuff you don't see done anymore.

Here's a link I think you'll enjoy perusing - lots of videos and photos: Color Guard Historical Society (http://colorguardhistoricalsociety.ning.com/)

znachki
04-27-2012, 09:11 PM
Wow, we're pretty heavy on the high woodwinds here. Not that there's anything wrong with that -- I'm a flautist myself (and sorta tenor sax), but we need some middle & low voices if we want to get a really good balanced sound here.

Would a contrabass clarinet do? I switched from regular clarinet to bass in Jr. High, but played the alto and the contrabass as well. Of course, they belonged to the school - not me. It was fun for competitions, because we could put together all kinds of woodwind ensembles.

I was teaching myself oboe, with an to playing the english horn, when I was a Sr., but braces stopped that.