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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000310.txt from 2001/07

From: "Monsieur Hally" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Laura
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 11:20:22 -0400

oh i see - the ponce at the front twirling the wand about...

marching isn't something we get to do very much of down here in the great
southern land, unless you play the bagpipes, that is. it does look like a
reasonably fun pursuit, although from what we see in the movies, it seems
marching bands of the american ilk are inextricably linked with football,
and if there are two people more diametrically opposed in the schoolyard
than the footy-head and the muso, i've yet to come across them.

it seems this rôle is something of a leadership rôle, and in a way that's
something we lack at our schools. i mean, i am in year 12 (ie 'senior
year') and for two years now i've been what we term as 'band captain'. i
guess it's similar in a way, but in stead of being recognisable as a leader
for the band, the duties consist more of being an after-hours slave for the
director of music...

/o ,~~~>
HALLY /o /
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----Original Message Follows----
From: Shouryunus Sarcasticii <jnohe@-----.Edu>
Subject: Re: [kl] Laura
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 07:14:45 -0600 (MDT)

On Thu, 12 Jul 2001, Hally . wrote:

> pardon the ignorance of a poor non-yank, but what exactly is a drum

A drum major (also sometimes called a Field Major, a term I actually
prefer) is the conductor of a marching ensemble. The drum/field major is
usually a member of the ensemble, not an official staff member or faculty
member. They are essentially the section leader for the entire band, and
instead of playing, they flap their arms in a feeble attempt to fly.

J. Shouryu Nohe
Professor of SarCaSM102, New Mexico State Univ.
"I think we have a ghost in our house." - Kaycee Nicole

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