#1
Okay, so I used to be in my school's marching band (back in grade 7). I played the clarinet. I quit that year to play football.... due largely to influence from a certain male authority figure in my life (thanks a lot, Pops). Anyways, I'm a junior this year (grade 11) and I quit football much to my father's sorrow. I've been focusing on academics a lot more, and I'm much happier than I have been in a long time.

Now that you know the background, here's the situation: Most of my good friends are in band, I enjoy music very much, and I kinda want to rejoin band. If I could get caught up, the band director would let me rejoin. Another friend of mine is going to be playing the tuba next year, starting senior year. I have retained everything I learned up until the point I quit, but I haven't learned anything since then. So I'm a 16-year old who plays the clarinet like a 12-year old. I'd be willing to practice a ton to get caught up. I'm quite certain my parents wouldn't approve, but frankly I don't give a flying fu ck anymore what they think.

So what are your thoughts on this, Pit?
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#3
HAHAH MARCHING BA-... ehem... go for it

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#4
if you dont like football thats one thing, go for the band thing, why couldnt you just do both? football ends early in the school year
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#5
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#6
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if you dont like football thats one thing, go for the band thing, why couldnt you just do both? football ends early in the school year


The band plays at the football games. They did at my middle school too.

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Actually, the band kids get lat quite a bit more than the athletes at my school. I know that sounds ludicrous, but it's true. Lol.
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#7
I would definitely keep the academics thing going, you know, good grades and all.
But also, get your rear in gear and practice, and playing in the marching band with all your friends.
You'll be happy you did it some day when you look back and smile on all the good times you had, trust me.
#8
Marching band, for me at least, in both high school and college was one of the most aggravating things in my life and one of the most rewarding. It's so hard to remain happy and patient through all the practices, memorization, drills, etc., but when you're on the field putting on a good show, there's nothing like it. I would say definitely do it, it's worth it for the experience at least once. I loved doing it in college too, but I couldn't dedicate the time to it anymore... I watched them at our most recent football game and got the chills just remembering what it felt like to perform like that.
#9
Do it man. Unlike Gibsonpenguin, Marching Band was (and still is) the highlight of my highschool career. My father tried to do the same bull shit to me about doing football, but I just decided to follow my musical aspirations as opposed to my athletic ones. Definitely rejoin band.
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#10
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Do it man. Unlike Gibsonpenguin, Marching Band was (and still is) the highlight of my highschool career. My father tried to do the same bull shit to me about doing football, but I just decided to follow my musical aspirations as opposed to my athletic ones. Definitely rejoin band.

What I meant was that, in retrospect it was awesome, but you have to admit, it's pretty hard to keep a good mood through a rough practice. The performances definitely make it all worthwhile though. I did marching band all 4 years of high school, and I definitely wouldn't change it.