We live in Texas, so summer camps can be a complete beating under the sun. But no matter where you live, band camps usually start in the summer so it’ll be hot anywhere! I’ve seen way too many band kids (not just freshmen, even upperclassmen!) pass out or throw up because they didn’t know how to condition their bodies to the heat. So, here are just a few basic tips to keep in mind throughout especially the summer months.
Anonymous asked: To the anon about roll stepping: think about stepping on a tube of toothpaste and squeezing out all of the toothpaste from the bottom to the top. And maintain high toes at the same time. As long as you thin about that you'll have a good technique in no time ;)
awesome! haha I love helpful little analogies like that. thanks for the help c:
Anonymous asked: Hi! I'm a freshman and I've just started marching band and we've had 3 practices so far. I'm pretty good at keeping time and following commands but I'm so so so bad at roll stepping. I don't even know where I'm going wrong but everytime I try I end up walking normally. Do you have any roll stepping tips that might help me? Thanks!
Hey! I wish I could help you out with the roll stepping, but our school actually uses a different technique, like platform without the roll. However if you’re already good at following commands and keeping time, you’re in the best position you can be in! Seriously, all the rest like technique and ability will fall into place, but no one’s going to help someone who isn’t willing. Maybe ask your section leaders if during the next practice they can watch you a bit and let you know what exactly it is you aren’t getting. Or if practice would be too hard for them to get a chance to check out your feet, ask them if they’d be able to stay a little after or before practice, like marching band “tutoring” haha. Best of luck, again, don’t stress!
caught up in the strands of this clueless summer
hey everyone, we’ve been making some music again and I know I’ve posted about us before, but it would mean the world to me if you checked out our new song we made this week. so even though I’m graduating and won’t be participating in marching band anymore, I’m definitely going to keep up with music in this way. ugh you guys, music just makes you feel so good no matter what kind it is or how you make it. c:
onelastrun asked: aha hi um im going to be a freshman soon and im going to start marching band. any advice for a newbie?
Most important thing to keep in mind is that it’s most likely going to be a totally different experience in high school than band was for you in middle school. So just keep an open mind, and don’t be afraid to ask upperclassmen for advice on specific things! They were once in your shoes too. :) So definitely keep an open mind and with that I’m sure you’ll start to fit in and make your new band friends which helps you a LOT during practices, knowing those people are there with you. For logistic stuff as far as rehearsal, drink lots of water and eating is so important - I’ve seen way too many freshmen get sick or pass out because they didn’t take care of themselves. Be safe and you’ll learn quickly from the examples of kids who have been in your band! Good luck :)
pandaloveforever asked: Hello! I'm am a high school senior. No more marching band for me. I loved it, any ways I've played the clarinet for 8 years. In January I started to play the bass clarinet. My last/first concert is this month. Well I fear I'll mess up, I'm the only bass in my band, and I have a few solos. Any tips?
Hi! I’m in the same boat as you, just finishing up my last year playing clarinet and no more marching band…. congrats on the solos, what an awesome way to end your year!
You’ll be wonderful I’m sure, but here are a couple tips!
Breathing is number one with solos, just make sure you take a deep breath before your solos and plan out exactly where you’re going to take breaths during the solo. That way you won’t be flustered when you come back in after a breath or lose your spot on the page or somethin’ crazy. It also makes your solo naturally sound more lyrical and rehearsed, as if your breathing is just as important as the notes you’re playing.
Another thing I like to do for solos is to play it through really, really slowly when learning, to make sure your fingers memorize exactly how they have to move. Then of course work up to the tempo you have to play at. But the day before, or even before you go on stage for your performance, make sure you go back through and finger the notes really slowly and as lyrically as possible, even if it’s a technical solo. It’ll calm you down, and review for your fingers exactly where they need to go. (This tip I stole from Yo-Yo Ma, according to my lesson teacher he does this backstage before most performances!) Good luck, and have a great rest of your senior year!!! c:
myfacefeelslikemagic asked: I just found this blog like NOW. I didn't even know about it until it showed up on my dash and I'm also a band geek, and yet, I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT THIS.
hehe awesome, glad you found us! :3
huggingfeet asked: I need help! Ah! I'm a freshman, and tomorrow is my first game where it's actually going to be really pretty cold. I don't know what to wear under my uniform! I've heard talk of long underwear and spandex, but mine is too small since I haven't worn them in a while. What do you suggest I wear?
Personally, I really like Under Armour brand under shirts and things, but they can get kind of pricey. I invested in a long sleeved undershirt my freshman year and I still use it as a senior. Several other brands make similar things though, so you can definitely go around and compare. I live in Texas, so I haven’t been able to find much other than what’s in sporting goods stores and Walmart/Target, so I hope you have better luck with options! For tomorrow, you could probably just wear any neutral colored long sleeved shirt. You might also be allowed to bring a blanket or other jacket depending on what rules your band has, so definitely ask a section leader as well on that. Hope you stay warm, haha. :)