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Llamas
11-08-2006, 12:12 AM
Not enough stuff to do this week! So, I felt like talking about myself! (narcissitic?)

I was in band for a long time. It was a very huge part of my life. The pre-game show at the U of M is probably the coolest I've seen (and I am not just being biased). (The beginning is rather boring... but the "gopher" spell-out, swinging gates for the presenting of the colors, "M" expansion and rotation are damn sweet. The "M" expansion and rotation are the coolest part(s)... they're in part 2). Please watch! I appreciate it!

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEpbSZF9-E4

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yabUBdSU8SE&mode=related&search=

randman21
11-08-2006, 07:03 AM
-Gad zooks. The M expansion was great. Maybe it's an easy thing to do, I don't know, but I'm always impressed with such things. I was in concert band all through middle school, and this sorta made me think I should've stuck it out at least through 9th grade, so I could try marching band for a year.

-Ahhh, there's something about a good fight song, and Minnesota has one. I've always been partial to Notre Dame's, which is the same as my high school's.

-Just wondering, uh, what's a B10 band?

Llamas
11-08-2006, 01:44 PM
I really appreciate the fact that you watched and commented. :)

The M expansion IS super cool, and very hard to do. The expansion is called "cascade", and it's everyone's favorite part to do... we always called it "the orgasm of pregame". Rotating the M is just as hard, if not harder, though.

I do like our fight song. :)

B10 means big 10. Big 10 is a conference... big 10 marching bands have a LOT of tradition behind them, and there's a traditional marching style, but a few of the big 10 bands have ditched that tradition (iowa, wisconsin...) in pursuit of either an easier style (iowa) or a flashier style (wisconsin). The marching style is called "chair step", and every step we make in pregame besides the M rotation and "you're a grand old flag" is made by bring your knee up to waist level and having your thigh parallel with the ground, and your calf perpendicular. It's very hard to do...

Some more videos for you:

a parade last weekend of the band playing our fight song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG81FBa6feY&NR

the band rotating the M at a practice:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hq4S3N8bEI&mode=related&search=
(I love that she says "it's the only part of pregame people like, and it's already crooked!) The reason you hear so much yelling is from people screaming at eachother to fix things and how to fix them. It's so hard to do.

this probably the best of the M rotation videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rd2Te9i7VRA&mode=related&search=
you can kind of tell the marching style in this video.

Thanks again for watching!!!

JoY
11-08-2006, 03:00 PM
for all the people sitting on the other side, it was the W. the W of Winnesota.

I just watched all of the clips. fantastic coordination! how did you guys establish that on such an enormous scale? either way, very impressive to see from such a distance. we don't have things like these in the Netherlands. at all.

Nina
11-08-2006, 03:13 PM
That looked really cool. I'm not used to seeing those things. We only have carneval.

opivy21
11-08-2006, 04:09 PM
My marching season just ended. Is it true that College marching is more fun than high school?

JoY
11-08-2006, 04:12 PM
everything in college is more fun than in high school. yes, oh yes.

Isolated Fury
11-08-2006, 04:28 PM
I wish I was still in marching band.

I won Rookie of the Year my first year and MVP my senior year. I actually considered majoring in music at college, but decided not to. I miss playing my tuba.:(

sKratch
11-08-2006, 04:34 PM
I actually considered majoring in music at college, but decided not to. I miss playing my tuba.:(

Probably the smartest thing you've ever done, barring a joke you'll hate me for.

Isolated Fury
11-08-2006, 04:35 PM
Uhh... What?

sKratch
11-08-2006, 04:40 PM
Never mind. Good call on not majoring in music. It's a shitload of work and doesn't really pay off.

Isolated Fury
11-08-2006, 04:42 PM
That's why I didn't take it. I still regret it sometimes, though. I can hear the marching band practice outside of my dorm window and it practically eats me alive every time.

Oh, and I would have chosen musical education, if I did go with music. So double-trouble!

Llamas
11-08-2006, 08:33 PM
for all the people sitting on the other side, it was the W. the W of Winnesota.
Yeah, but the side that sees a W is the opposing team's fans, so fuck them!! haha.


I just watched all of the clips. fantastic coordination! how did you guys establish that on such an enormous scale? either way, very impressive to see from such a distance. we don't have things like these in the Netherlands. at all.

It's very hard to explain how that's coordinated. MOST of it is taught by peers. There are two directors, and about 3 or 4 TAs (graduate music students). Everyone else is a student. During SPAT camp (or what most of you would call band camp), which is two weeks long, the Leadership (which is about 1 leadership person per 5 people in each section) teach the "rookies" our crazy marching style during the first two days. Once they've got a grasp on the style, the rest of the "vets" come back and brush up on their skills for a day. After the first three days, you jump right into learning what you just saw: pregame. For about a week and a half, everyone learns pregame, and then there are auditions. All those people that were pulling the huge american flag (or what is called BARF- big-ass representative flag... or more appropriately, big american representative flag. it's representative because it only has 49 stars because it touches the ground) are people who didn't make the pregame auditions that week. There are over 300 people in the band, and only 240 make it each week.


That looked really cool. I'm not used to seeing those things. We only have carneval.

Yeah.. europe doesn't have marching bands. :( I hate that.


My marching season just ended. Is it true that College marching is more fun than high school?

YES. marching band in HS... I felt neutral on. It was fun, but whatever. In college, it's so much better, because everyone is there because they WANT to be, and you actually have fans.


everything in college is more fun than in high school. yes, oh yes.

true! :)


I wish I was still in marching band.

I won Rookie of the Year my first year and MVP my senior year. I actually considered majoring in music at college, but decided not to. I miss playing my tuba.:(

I started out as a music major. Wasn't my thing. I continued to play my sax throughout college even though I wasn't majoring in it... but now I don't have time anymore. I miss it.

Llamas
11-09-2006, 01:30 AM
my other post was already really long so I decided not to edit it... I wanted to post some still photos I took during the game I was out of last year:

Gopher spell-out:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23/llamaoffspring/018_18.jpg

Swinging gates:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23/llamaoffspring/017_17.jpg

Block M:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23/llamaoffspring/016_16.jpg

Rotated M:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23/llamaoffspring/015_15.jpg