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    So just an honest question, does the SP leadership (be it student or staff) try any recruiting at these events or is it still roll up, perform, roll out. Just seems that if folks are concerned about the participation levels falling, that SP administration would take advantage of a 100% marching band competition.

    Again, not casting stones, just generally interested if its really a problem, or more just a "Wow, band looks smaller this year" type thing.

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    To the original poster, are you aware of any similar type of declines across other G5 university bands or even down at the high school level?[/QUOTE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by bfteagle View Post
    To the original poster, are you aware of any similar type of declines across other G5 university bands or even down at the high school level?
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    I’m not aware, meaning I don’t know if there has or has not been a decline.

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    Another question I have for current or recent members is: is there any on-campus recruitment for band members? With a student population the size of ours I would think there are many available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernEagle2002 View Post
    So just an honest question, does the SP leadership (be it student or staff) try any recruiting at these events or is it still roll up, perform, roll out. Just seems that if folks are concerned about the participation levels falling, that SP administration would take advantage of a 100% marching band competition.

    Again, not casting stones, just generally interested if its really a problem, or more just a "Wow, band looks smaller this year" type thing.
    I know the directors and GAs have made school visits and set up booths at competitions before. This is purely an outsider's perspective, but I think that numbers aren't a concern, and are merely a result of turnover. If the band isn't much bigger two or three years from now, then it might be time to worry.
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    I think the problems started several years ago when we hired a director who modeled the band's style after Big 10 schools. The color guard wears big goofy boots instead of dance shoes like a normal southern band. There's a ton of marching in blocks instead of doing interesting drill and stands tunes have been almost completely eliminated. Our pregame is especially brutal and not fun to perform at all. You have to march all the way from the RAC to the stadium and then immediately go into another boring block march across the field. In those first few games of the season where it's about 100 degrees at kickoff, the band is dead before they even hit the field for pregame. The worst pregame experience I had was when they fed us a meal from El Sombrero. Eating a plate full of beans then marching for about an hour in a thick wool uniform when it was burning fire hot outside was a disaster. Band really stopped being fun in my final years around 2012 because we were trying to be a stuffy Big 10 band that is technically proficient but excruciatingly boring to watch or participate in. It didn't help that the director back then was a guy who never actually participated in marching band. He was an oboe player from Michigan and hadn't marched a day in his life. Making Southern Pride into a low-energy knockoff of Ohio State was his doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernPride View Post
    I think the problems started several years ago when we hired a director who modeled the band's style after Big 10 schools. The color guard wears big goofy boots instead of dance shoes like a normal southern band. There's a ton of marching in blocks instead of doing interesting drill and stands tunes have been almost completely eliminated. Our pregame is especially brutal and not fun to perform at all. You have to march all the way from the RAC to the stadium and then immediately go into another boring block march across the field. In those first few games of the season where it's about 100 degrees at kickoff, the band is dead before they even hit the field for pregame. The worst pregame experience I had was when they fed us a meal from El Sombrero. Eating a plate full of beans then marching for about an hour in a thick wool uniform when it was burning fire hot outside was a disaster. Band really stopped being fun in my final years around 2012 because we were trying to be a stuffy Big 10 band that is technically proficient but excruciatingly boring to watch or participate in. It didn't help that the director back then was a guy who never actually participated in marching band. He was an oboe player from Michigan and hadn't marched a day in his life. Making Southern Pride into a low-energy knockoff of Ohio State was his doing.
    Sounds about like getting a piano player from Furman.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernPride View Post
    I think the problems started several years ago when we hired a director who modeled the band's style after Big 10 schools. The color guard wears big goofy boots instead of dance shoes like a normal southern band. There's a ton of marching in blocks instead of doing interesting drill and stands tunes have been almost completely eliminated. Our pregame is especially brutal and not fun to perform at all. You have to march all the way from the RAC to the stadium and then immediately go into another boring block march across the field. In those first few games of the season where it's about 100 degrees at kickoff, the band is dead before they even hit the field for pregame. The worst pregame experience I had was when they fed us a meal from El Sombrero. Eating a plate full of beans then marching for about an hour in a thick wool uniform when it was burning fire hot outside was a disaster. Band really stopped being fun in my final years around 2012 because we were trying to be a stuffy Big 10 band that is technically proficient but excruciatingly boring to watch or participate in. It didn't help that the director back then was a guy who never actually participated in marching band. He was an oboe player from Michigan and hadn't marched a day in his life. Making Southern Pride into a low-energy knockoff of Ohio State was his doing.
    +1 Pregame inhale vigorouslyed. Practicing all morning and then marching in parade block a mile to the stadium and then lining up to perform probably the longest pregame show in college football all back to back to back really took a lot out of me. No wonder the stand tunes afterward were low energy.

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    Soo I know nothing about the new band director. Is he (or she I don't know) moving things back more traditional marching band or are we still trying to be a smaller version of Ohio St?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrueBlueDrew View Post
    +1 Pregame inhale vigorouslyed. Practicing all morning and then marching in parade block a mile to the stadium and then lining up to perform probably the longest pregame show in college football all back to back to back really took a lot out of me. No wonder the stand tunes afterward were low energy.
    I always thought you guys were pretty much doing the Bataan Death March between everything before game and then when you used to march back to the RAC as well.


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