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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000424.txt from 1998/03

From: Jennifer Rose McKenna <>
Subj: Re: Marching Band
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 17:08:30 -0500

gee, i'm in college and am in a marching band right now, and i share many
of the same views as the people on this list, about marching band, and i'm
not old, and it hasn't changed since oh novemeber.......

jenn :)

On Thu, 5 Mar 1998, Matthew A. Cullen wrote:

> I have to stick up for marching bands, as I am a member of one, the
> Tarpon Springs High School Outdoor Performance Ensemble...we happen to be
> very good. You say that the music is not great, but you are essentially
> talking about the traditional Marching Band... We have our music arranged
> (Mostly from more modern music...not Movie soundtrack...if fact we did
> Copland this year, Coraal Nocturne, Billy the Kid, and the Promise of
> Living ...and I think some excerpts of Red Pony) and some original
> compositions...So that is a stereotypical remark that must be
> disregarded. Also, I have to agree that yes Marching Band is a sport, and
> it does teach a great deal of cooperation skills. In fact I think
> Marching Band is a great art...yet widely overlooked. Its kind of like
> Couples Ice skating, just without Ice, and more than two people. Take a
> look at the great Marching bands, like nationally renowned ( especially
> Finalists at the Bands of America Grand Nationals), to form you opinions
> of Marching Bands, Dump the Stereotypes, and forget what it was like when
> some of you older people where in school, because it has changed a great
> deal.
> Matt

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