I heard the Gainesville High School Marching Band practicing early this morning! We live about two miles from the High School, but the music was loud and clear!
I was in the marching band in my teen years. That's right, I was a proud member of the Baldwin County High School Band of the Braves. I loved it. I played the trumpet. (Notice word choice of "played" vs. "play.") We played at every football game, home and away. W e played for parades. W e played for pep rallies at school. In fact, it was exactly 50 years ago, September 1969, that I played in my first high school marching band performance. We played an away game at Washington County and the song set included, "Hair," "Aquarius," "Let the Sunshine In." Those were hit songs at the time!
The marching band dynamics are different than ensembles, stage concerts and solos. There is one simple and absolute necessity required for marching bands: