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Sunday, June 25th, 2006
1:52 pm
i just joined the community. i don't know whether this is suppose to be here. if it's not, i'm sorry.

go HERE to see the design that would be on the shirt and HERE or HERE to see the shirt.

any comments?
Sunday, May 21st, 2006
7:40 pm
This past season
Does anyone have videos of their band's field shows? To start us off, here's Homestead's:


Sixth in the STATE! *dancedance*

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, December 7th, 2005
6:07 pm
Hey guys. I need your help. Our school is fairly new, and this is the first year we have enough people to have and Indoor line. The percussion section is ready to go with it, but our teacher is not. She wants us to provide a list and essay to her so she can ok it with the principle and every other administrator on the school board. Pretty much, we need to turn into psychics, and tell her everything that will happen in the next 4 months. Since we are new at this, we don't know where anything is, what it costs, you know, the basics. We also don't have an instructor to rely on for all of this information.

Basically, all we have is the music, and the people.

If any of you out there live in Northern California, or California at all, and know of any Competitions that you know, love, or just go to, we would appreciate it. Not that I don't love all the rest of you or anything, but with or non existant budget, I'd rather not beg for travel expenses. You get it. ;)

Anyone else with tips, advise, holy crap you're crazy to try a winterline for the first time without an instructor, and the general like, please say so. (Not that we're going to give up on it or anything, but you're welcome to call us crazy anyway.)

Peace, Love, Stick Clicks, and awesome vibe solos,

On behalf of the Union Mine Drumline

Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, November 29th, 2005
10:34 am
The Power & Class of New England, The University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band, would like to announce the release of its newest CD, There Was A Dream... That Was Rome..., which contains music from our 2001 - 2003 seasons. On this CD you will find some of our finest music yet:

Gladiator (performed in Montreal's Olympic Stadium for the Canadian Football League's East Division Championship)
Tommy (performed in the RCA Dome for the Bands of America Grand National Championships)
Oye tu Conga (featured on the Vic Firth website)
Wind and the Lion
There You'll Be
Legend of the One-Eyed Sailor

Because there's nothing we love more than knowing that people are enjoying our music, we are making the following offer:

From now until December 15th, you may purchase our new CD for $15, and we will ship it out to you FOR FREE! Simply email me, I will send you the address for the Band Offices, you mail in your money (checks are preferable to money) and we mail you the CD!

With that said, I take my leave! If you want the CD, email nmckenzi@student.umass.edu

with pride...
~Nick McKenzie

Publicity Staff
UMass Minuteman Marching Band
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Cell: (508) 692-7454
Band Office: (413) 545-3410
Wednesday, October 5th, 2005
7:23 pm
Hello there
First competition is on Saturday- Cupertino TOB. My school's doing both the parade and the field show, which is fine with me but my fellow freshmen beg to differ.

I wish I could've volunteered to march bass clarinet in the parade. The other clarinets in concert band aren't really much to brag about, so my director isn't letting me do a whole lot on the bass there. I never thought there'd ever be a day when there would be disadvantages to practicing a lot.

Current Mood: cheerful
Saturday, September 17th, 2005
1:28 am
how many people have marched with their band through a big industrial kitchen before?
any takers?
i thought not.
just me huh?
Wednesday, August 24th, 2005
7:29 pm
we had a week of holiday so band practise was as usual. me and the rest of my badge (DM, SLs and other poses...i'm assistant DM and SL) were suppose to see and take care of the band and stuff. well, everything was okay. except that this girl who bought her own trumpet recently had her mouthpiece stuck to her trumpet. and it wouldn't come off. no matter how hard we pulled, twist and turn it won't budge. so, this morning she came with her trumpet without the case. lol. it was funny because everyone thought she was warming up in the car before she comes for band. i don't know what will happen to her trumpet though plus the SL for trumpet is absent...
Monday, August 22nd, 2005
6:26 pm
Stick tape
Hey guys, gals, other various assorted people.

Last year, we managed to get holographic stick tape for our battery. I cannot manage to find it anywhere, since it was our old section leader who got it. Any help?

Not that if anyone happened to find it i would be picky, but our field show is the incredibles, so I'm looking slightly more toward the black/red/silver/gold holographics.
Friday, August 5th, 2005
10:18 am
Whats your show ?
hi eveyone , well band camp for me ended a week ago , very productive i must say we learned the opener and ballad in two days , the rest of the week was more working on fundamentals gotta love them lol. our show is School of Rock , and its umm interesting to march , were actually putting a mix of satnds music in for the ballad and it sounds preatty cool , the drill is awsome and i think our show will look awsome , our school just got new uniforms , we continue to look like the blue devils more and more maybe becasue our director marched for them . so what is everyones show this year , how many people in your band ,, and anything interesting you guys are doing. currently we have over 200 people and no pit , but its ok . well hope your season and competitions go well ! and for anyone in south florida see you at Crown Jewel

Current Mood: artistic
Thursday, August 4th, 2005
12:27 pm
Band Camp....
Well, it is hotter than the blazes, school starts in a week, and I am experiancig the most peculiar shooting pains in my calves and back. It's band camp. Yippee skippy in a JAM jar.

The good news: our field show is pretty cool, we're doing the Incredibles, and we have 10 people in our battery, up from 6 last year. Two of those are mallets, because we say no to pits, but still, 4 extra people.... we might even have a cymbal. Actually, the enitre band is u from like 53 to 74. I am stoked. We also already have a cadence, and we are having our old section leader, whom I miss muchly, write a xylo and glock part.

The bad news: our new director is a complete idiot who is really a chior teacher who is insecure, and hence thiks she has to rewrite the enitre program. Our new SL is just as bad; she doesn't help when she's there, and she's only there half the time. I could rant for a long time, but I won't. We just got our march yesterday, haven't even played it yet, and we have to march in the Labor Day Parade. And it's in 6/8. I which I am retarded. My fellow mallet player and I get to play the oboe part, which is eh.

More good news, We are still doing 4 competitions, which makes me very happy.
As lunch is almost over, I need to go find my freshmen and tell them to find their music, assuming we are actually going to play today.
Thursday, June 30th, 2005
5:21 pm
Perfect Pitch
Hi Guys!
Hope you don't mind that I'm posting this advert for a community. if it's not allowed here, I'll delete it.
Do you wish you had perfect pitch? DO you know someone who does? Do you want to know more about it? Do you ever question what it's like for people who have perfect pitch, people who can pull notes out of thin air? Well, if any of these things apply to you, or you are just feeling like joining, hop on over to
and see what the fun's all about!
Hope to see you there!
Saturday, June 18th, 2005
9:43 am
Hey everyone, first time poster...

My name is Drew Wilkie. I'm a sophmore (18) music education major at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. I'm pretty much a lead trumpet whore, as that's all I do at Rowan. I play lead in the jazz band, lead in the pep band, lead in the lab band, principal in the concert band, and I also play with the wind ensemble. I also play Bb and Eb soprano cornet with The Atlantic Brass Band, which competes at the NABBA championships in Chicago each year. In addition, we go on a 10-day tour of Italy every other summer. Also, in 2003, I marched upper lead trumpet with The Cadets drum and bugle corps. I plan on going back when (and if) my schedule slows down, but I've also spent time in the interim as upper lead/solo soprano with The Hawthorne Caballeros drum and bugle corps.

I use a Schilke X3 extra large bore Bb trumpet, Strad 229/25H large bore C trumpet (though I hate Bach instruments, including this one), a Yamaha 8310X custom large bore flugelhorn, and a Kanstul Powerbore soprano bugle in G for senior corps. For legit work, I use a small letters Bach 3C (horrible mouthpiece). For lead (most of my work), I use a GR 63M, which has a 3C cup and a 9C rim. For flugel work, I use a Stork Custom Vacchiano 4FL.

I have a webshots page:


If anyone is interested, my girlfriend Stevi (short for Stefani) is the girl in my Rowan University album of my webshots.

I also have a web page, with some awful but funny soundclips of my boredom and subsequent use of bad double C's.


Alrighty, just wanted to introduce myself. Don't be strangers.

AIM: drewwilkie86

Current Mood: calm
Thursday, June 16th, 2005
10:26 am
Percussion woes, felt by the rest of the band
Hola kids. So here's the deal.

Today I am going to the first meeting of marching band leadership/staff/responsible people who know what the hell they're doing. We have a new teacher/director who up until March of this year had never taught a band class, let alone a marching band (our old teacher randomly up and left, so our new teacher had been our long term sub who taught chior *shudders*).

Last year, there was only one other girl in percussion section (we're too small to have a pit), who was a complete pain in the bum, and none of the under classmen like or listen her. However, she was in band since freshmen year, while last year was my first year (we're both the only seniors). She immediatly went and made friends with Ms Bimbo, who, having no clue on how things are run, gave her section leader. Just GAVE it to her. She can't even read real music, just rhythms.

My best friend and older brother were Ass. Drum major and perc. section leader last year. Ms Bimbo hated them. She associates me with them. Bad news for me. So basically, my section is in anarchy. With a teacher who has no flippin clue what she is doing. We haven't even got our show officailly for next year.

Unfortunatly, I'm not totally qualified to be section leader either, since I can't play snare to save my life, just everything else (I played bass last year, and am in charge of what would be a pit this year, except we march our glocks and xylo). And they test you on bloody snare.

Since I have done a marvelous job of venting and am now freaking out, help, advice, support? Please?

Regards, Elaine

Current Mood: stressed
Wednesday, June 8th, 2005
3:37 pm

To all my wonderful Drum Major friends out there...

Happy Drum Major Appreciation Day!!!

June 8th

Saturday, May 21st, 2005
11:47 pm

sorry if this isnt allowed!
Thursday, April 21st, 2005
4:59 pm
our band director announced he was retiring (leaving?) today.

this was a very sad day indeed. everyone I saw was crying. it's truly distressing because we didn't think he was leaving until next year, at least.
he was crying when he announced it to us (and he announced it to us before the admins. wow).

nothing's going to be quite the same any more...

x-posted like whoa to __guardies__, colorguard, bandgeeks, and hsmarchingbands.
Wednesday, April 6th, 2005
3:35 pm
omgosh! we were supposed to have marching band practice tomorrow but our band director cancelled it!

It would have been the first practice of this year!

Current Mood: crazy
Sunday, April 3rd, 2005
4:49 am
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005
4:48 pm
hi well i looked at 4 communities and i decided to join this one , I live in Florida , a town called Jupiter yes i know great name ..i go to Jupiter Highschool im a Marching Warrior woop woop..I play flute , picc, oboe, and percussion and just started on gurad but only in winter.. hmm thats about it any ideas on a s and e piece for next year this year i did Madrigal on flute it wasnt a great piece but it was ok i want something better maybe on oboe....

Current Mood: amused
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005
9:42 pm
im not sure if there is a concert band group but if there is i apologize because i know this is marching band but Lockport Township Highschool WS from Lockport Illinois just made superstate for the first time!!! woot

Current Mood: stressed
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