How to March in a Parade With a Marching Band
Know your fundamentals of marching well.This may seem obvious, but depending on what your band was doing before the parade, a refresher course in marching 8/5 in a block may be in order. You may also have to perform basic moves that aren't used much in shows, which some members (especially the rookies) might not remember.
Have your uniform in order.Be sure to know what you're supposed to wear, especially if your band has multiple uniforms (for instance, a casual summer uniform and a full uniform). If you have to wash anything, make sure you do so well in advance. Girls may need to braid or otherwise style their hair. Your band director may ask you to not wear any jewelry if the parade is on the somber side. If it's a themed or holiday parade (like a holiday parade), you might be asked to wear a Santa hat or something else for the occasion. If you like this idea and nobody's said anything, suggest it yourself!
Dress for maximum comfort.Wear thick socks that will cushion your feet. Pick comfortable clothes to wear under your uniform pants (if applicable). If you're allowed to, you may wish to wear sunglasses. In an extremely casual parade (meaning no uniform to speak of), wear loose-fitting, light colored clothing, the sturdiest shoes you own, and you might even be able to pull off a water backpack.
Keep hydrated and eat right.Drink lots of water the day before and the morning of the parade. Drink water as much as possible right up until the moment you step off. If possible, keep a bottle of it somewhere in your uniform, or wear a water backpack if it is allowed. Avoid dairy products right before the parade, because they'll make you sick if you're out in the sun for a long period of time.
Know the song line-up.Getting lost or playing the wrong song during a parade can be very confusing and embarrassing. If possible and necessary, try to write it on whichever hand you'll have the best view of. If you'll be marching with a flipbook, put your music in order before the day of the parade.
Stay in step.If you step off at the right time and keep the beat under your feet, this shouldn't be a problem. However, you might want to look down at the person's feet in front of you or at the drum major (if yours is marching backwards and conducting) every once in a while. Remember, odd numbered beats are "left", evens are "right" (in key signatures based on multiples of four... this doesn't work in 3/4). If you realize you're out of step, try to do a subtle skip or change your step size for a moment to fix it.
Use your peripheral vision and keep the lines dressed.You will most likely be marching in a large block. The whole time you're moving, you'll have to frequently check to make sure you're still in line with the people in front of you and on either size of you, you're still in your diagonal, and the intervals between people are still correct. Your peripheral vision will also allow you to see any incoming clowns or others who are trying to be funny by messing with your instrument (glare at them, and if that doesn't work, get rid of them as discreetly as possible).
After the parade, take care of your instrument, then sit down, rest your feet, and drink water to compensate for whatever you may have lost through sweating.Congratulations, it's over!
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- Pay attention, because if the parade comes to a halt, you do not want to run into the person in front of you.
- Don't look or even pay any attention to the people who are calling your name on the side of the road. When you march, you are at attention and should look straight ahead only. It makes the whole band look bad if even one person is grinning at their friends while marching in the parade.
- Get a good night's sleep before the parade.
- Watch for road apples. In most parades, there is, unfortunately, a good chance that you could get stuck behind some well-fed horses. It's not a catastrophe if you step on a couple of them (and don't leave your line just to avoid them), but be aware that they're there.
- Be strategic about where people are placed. For instance, if your band gates turns, and you know you're going to be marching around the block making a bunch of left turns, put the shorter people towards the left side of the line (as they can take small steps) and the taller people towards the right side, as they can take larger steps.
- Also, keep in mind that marching near the edge is more difficult, for obvious reasons. The people on the far edges are stuck either taking tiny steps or practically sprinting when they gate turns, and they're responsible for keeping the interval between their row and the rows in front of them. More experienced marchers should stay on the edges, making room for the rookies in the middle of the block. The person in the very middle should also be a decent marcher, and they are also responsible for keeping the interval and being a marker to dress to.
- Don'tmake a "spit pile" under any circumstances. In some places, it is a tradition for the first band in the parade line-up to start a spit pile and for each band to add to it as they come along. It may look entertaining to some, butrefrainfrom contributing to it at all. You don't want to waste all your spit before the parade and have a very dry mouth when it actually starts.
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