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by saxjunkie89
(393 posts)
9 years ago

MARCHING bands

My school is the only high school in our area who is an actual marching band, but other bands who call themselves marching sqads are actually a show band. SO I was wondering, how many of you high schoolers' marching bands are actually MARCHING bands. IF so, what does 8 to 5 mean? Just a survey... saxjunkie89

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  1. by saxjunkie89
    (393 posts)

    9 years ago

    Re: MARCHING bands

    oh, and do you actually mark time, ya know, with high leg lifts instead of no-motion tippy-toeing?

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    1. by jbarisaxman
      (6 posts)

      9 years ago

      Re: MARCHING bands

      8 steps to 5 yards on a football field

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    2. by Sax_Shark
      (134 posts)

      9 years ago

      Re: MARCHING bands

      Do you mean high mark? (the toes comment)

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      1. by saxjunkie89
        (393 posts)

        9 years ago

        Re: MARCHING bands

        the eight to five is right high mark, however, i never heard of before. I mean mark time as in when a marching band marches in place. Do you actually lift your legs, or feet, off the ground when doing this?

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        1. by Sax_Shark
          (134 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: MARCHING bands

          Only at certian times during our show. Last year we did it standing still in two or three sets. Mostly only colleges do that type of thing all the time.

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        2. by saxjunkie89
          (393 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: MARCHING bands

          we're a high school band, though.

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      2. by jocb22
        (1 post)

        9 years ago

        Re: MARCHING bands

        marking time is when you keep your toes on the ground and lift and lower your heels with the beat

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    3. by straightj
      (18 posts)

      9 years ago

      Re: MARCHING bands

      My school's marching band is a real marching band. Our marching style is roll step forward and tip toe backward. We practice many size steps: 8-5, 6-5, 16-5, and even 4-5. In our area of greater Cincinnati, OH, we have a lot of enemies in the area, but we allie with other bands as well. But, our band usually wins (in our class) at competitions.

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      1. by sax_maniac
        (984 posts)

        9 years ago

        Re: MARCHING bands

        Having proudly marched as a drum major in what I call the "traditional style" (real crowd pleasers) as opposed to "corps style" (concert bands on football fields), I'll boldly state that unless your thigh is parallel to the ground when you step, you ain't marchin'

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        1. by saxjunkie89
          (393 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: MARCHING bands

          i agree

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          1. by Imarif
            (7 posts)

            8 years ago

            Re: MARCHING bands

            The marching band I'm in is really only beginning to get into field shows and real marching, but I still know that 8 to 5 is 8 steps to five yards on the field.

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