by Alyssa Aligood
“Lets hustle ladies and gentlemen! We are walking in the stadium in exactly two minutes! Be at attention and stay in step,’ the band director shouts. As we march in we are all whispering “left, left, left right left,” just softly enough for the person in front of us to hear. The adrenaline starts pumping once you hear and see your families. Making it into the stands is a difficult process. With a band as big as ours, there’s barely any room at all to move around. Being in those stands with each other playing music and dancing is so much more than what people think it is. We get anxious when we play, hoping we’re playing the right notes.
We mess up and make mistakes but we are there to support our football team, so does that really matter?
Second quarter rolls around, and we are rushed out of the stands to warm up for our halftime show. “Lets go arc it up. We’ve only got a few minutes before we have to be out on the field.,” a band director yells. “Okay, let’s play F Remington piano”
After warm ups, we rush to put our band jackets on to complete our uniform look.
“Halftime! Lets go.”
During the halftime show we sweat a lot. It gets hard to breathe when we are marching as fast as we are while playing.
With the sweat dripping down our faces we know not to wipe it because it doesn’t look professional. The only thing running through a band kid’s mind during the show is, “I hope I don’t mess up,” or, “I can do this; it’s only a show… just breathe.”
Being a band kid you always hear, “Oh you guys just walk around on the field playing music,” when it really is much more than that.
As Mr. Major (the Foley High School band director) always says, “You are not marching if I can’t see the brand of shoe you’re wearing with your toe up in the air.”
The thing is, leaders take that field during halftime. Band kids bring a lot of spirit into our school. Do me a favor, the next time you see a band kid, hug them. Sometimes they’re weird, or “lame” in your eyes, but they’re doing something that they love.
Which is the only thing that matters.