23 October 2009

traditions of marching band (high school days)

After a week of summer practice the 150 musicians, band leaders (drum majors) and flags (only one male this year) perform at the football game half-time (15') interval during the fall when the game is hosted locally. When the team is away, the band there will do the halftime show. As the sun sets earlier week by week, for the final performance in middle October they have decided to end with a "light show" in which small lights attached to uniforms and shoes accompany the moving formations under cover of darkness. Somehow the sound seems all the bigger when this eerie twilight surrounds the marching band.

Two scenes from the Friday, September 11 game in 2009.
see also a short thumbnail movie from the Monday night rehearsal

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