September 13, 2009

Football games.

I'm sure its no secret how much I dig playing in the marching band. I will skip that whole speech this time. Instead I was hoping to simply go over a few awesome things that happened to myself and the MASH Marching band during the first couple weeks of the season. Friday was the first home game, and there was a pretty good showing of fans despite the questionable weather. After our band winning/team loosing romp in Oil City, I'd say we were all pretty fired up, despite the fact that we didn't expect to win. It would appear that our band has developed a tendency to battle other bands that we run in to. On this particular occasion, the Warren band though it would be funny to try and one-up some of our stand tunes. They even tried to out-dance us. Our drum major made absolutely sure that didn't happen. With a lot of help from the basses. Yes, believe it our not, we have a surprisingly fun-loving bassline. By the end of the night, we all felt as though we had played better, moved more, and had more fun than anybody else. And the football team even won! That just iced the cake for one fantastic night.

But we weren't about to stop there. Oh no, because we had in fact been asked to perform at the Allegheny Gators' football game the very next night. And even if the Meadville fans had gotten nearly as excited about the band as the band had, it would have been no comparison to the loud, rockous appreciation that we received from the gold-clad gator fans at Bender Field. After our well-played but poorly-marched halftime show, the drumline and our trusty backup dancers made a pilgrimage to the student section of the bleachers. We played some crazy cadence jams, the band was dancing, and they ate it up. Those college students couldn't get enough, they were so energetic and into it that it made me feel like some sort of rock star. The MASH band moved to every groove from Soul Man to Jump On It. And of course the dancing bassline didn't fail to impress. I think it was a fantastic opportunity for all of us to give the show our best in front of an unfamiliar (and thankfully quite accepting) crowd of people. And the Gators even won the game!!! Everybody could see that the players were enjoying the band just as much as the crowd, and I personally believe that our team spirit helped the blue & gold Gators win out.

1 comment:

steven said...

Sounds real cool. Can't wait to see in person.
GP