Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Testimony Tuesday: I Was a Band Geek

For those of you who went to high school with me or really know me, this is no surprise. To the rest of you...SURPRISE!

I was in band 4th grade through 12th grade. Throughout my music career I did concert band, jazz band, marching band, and drumline. I also played nearly every percussion instrument (snare drum, timpani, triangle, etc), trombone, french horn, and mallet instruments (xylophone, marimba, vibraphone).

My main focus was drumline. Now if you are thinking of that movie with Nick Cannon, that's not what I did at all. Drumline consists of two seasons, fall and winter. During fall season all the members march crazy formations on the street while wearing their instruments on harnesses. This all happens while playing music. Below is an example of my high school. I am the one who starts of basically in the center of the screen (I'm the tallest one).


Then there's winter season. Winter season is a lot more involved and theatrical. The show typically runs between 6 and 7 minutes. Also, each show has an overarching theme. The themes of my shows included Blue Man Group, Africa, Hypnotic (Dreams), City Beats, Kaleidoscope, and Inferno (Dante's Inferno). The props, costumes, and music all work together to create a complete production. My high school competed regionally and nationally. Here is a video from my senior year. Sorry for the camera. And yes I'm the creepy one who starts off the show and plays marimba.


And there's a look into a side of me that maybe you didn't know.

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