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So much misinformation in this thread. There is a UofA Orchestra.Not all music majors are in marching band, some of them that are in the top performing ensembles can opt out of it. Usually scholarship requirements for majors have a large ensemble and a small ensemble clause per semester. Non major scholarships vary from school to school. The irony is for the most part music scholarships exist for the desire to have a bigger band to please the crowd. Like it or not, without football music scholarships would be drastically reduced. Choir and orchestra scholarships are there pretty much because the marching band exists and the music department has to be fair and equitable, but in no other department besides athletics does the scholarship money flow so freely. Why, because the original desire of schools to outdo each other at halftime. That's where it all began. Some kids love marching and can't play. Some kids hate marching because they feel it's beneath their level. Some just like being a part of an organization. There's all types.Those that are saying go "DCI" that's what they have done except keep the woodwinds in. Go "DCI" and you will have an equal number of male and female colorguard members. You are also going to have one show that is so musically over people's heads that they don't care (even more that they don't care now).I tell all people who are going to music majors that you better have some desire to teach and get that ed degree because the other isn't going to pay the bills. A very limited number of performance or composition majors ever make a living off of performing or composing music. They have day jobs. You can play with a music ed degree but you can do nothing put play and flip burgers with that performance degree.Why did I just waste 5 minutes of my life typing this? I have no idea.
Worst. Thread. Ever.
Hey Band Geek, what's DCI?
The whole concept of a marching band at a football game has one goal... Get the crowd rocking and driving emotions.
Hey dickhead, Drum Corps International. It's a summer marching competition that originated with American Legion and VFW groups using drums and military bugles. Using only students under 21 many groups were sponsored by Boy Scout troops. It's evolved into what most bands copy today. Don't be that guy, you could have just googled instead.
Those that are saying go "DCI" that's what they have done except keep the woodwinds in.
You are also going to have one show that is so musically over people's heads that they don't care (even more that they don't care now).
Just get Pine Bluff High's band and let em get crunk at halftime.
Look. I'll say it one more time. UofA is a "corps style" band meaning they emulate the drum and bugle corps style during their halftime show while using band instruments. They use glide step, adjusted stride, curve-linear forms, colorguard, front ensemble percussion, etc. The current director was heavily involved in Sky Ryders Drum and Bugle Corps for years. It may not be a very good one, but it is by definition a corps style band.
If you are just saying get rid of the woodwinds and do what we currently do better then fine. It will never happen as a college band part of the hidden curriculum with a marching is also to train the few music ed students for what they will be teaching in high school on a smaller scale.
Hence why a small pocket of Texas bands still march military style, their directors came from that Aggie background.
Being in band in high school and a year or two in college is similar to armchair quarterbacks thinking they know more than BMFP. My high school football career only made me know enough to know I probably really know nothing.
Just want to point something out to y'all.A very short time ago the week after bowl season would see thread after thread about the massive need for a coaching change, the vast talent gap was between Arkansas and the teams playing in the BCS, and how everyone dreamed about the day when Arkansas would be one of those teams.Now you've got a 6 page thread about how the band needs to step it up.In case anyone missed it, that's a pretty good sign that you've arrived.....
Dear Mr. Boring Halftime Show King...
I don't think I've ever typed lol, but that made me lol
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