September 30, 2011

Once in Band...

I received a phone call last night from a woman in St. Pete. After talking for awhile, she told me about something she does in her spare time... working with a marching band for adults.

This band is called The Second Time Arounders. Intrigued I looked them up on the 'net and on youtube. Evidently they march like... 500 people. They have a color guard and everything.

Some things I noticed: their uniforms are pretty forgiving. Most of us are not the size we were in high school. They appear to wear tennis shoes. The rifle team has men, which is cool, and I suspect it's due to the large number of men in the military who have done that kind of rifle work. They do a lot of parades such as Macy's Day etc. I think it's easier to practice for parades. And their halftime show is not anything intricate. It's standing and playing and that too... I think people travel from all over so they learn their music and play.

I thought this was one of the coolest things ever. I wish they had one down here. I'd join in a heartbeat. Very fun...

(There is other video that show the men better in the rifle line. This doesn't show their musicianship, but their sheer size...)

Posted by Boudicca at September 30, 2011 06:00 AM

I would do it too!

Posted by: Sissy at October 1, 2011 08:22 AM

That is one big marching band!

Posted by: Tina at October 2, 2011 06:45 PM

If you just want to play, there is probably a community concert band hiding somewhere nearby.

Posted by: Versatek6 at October 3, 2011 11:56 AM

Bou - a friend just posted the following on FB. Thought you'd enjoy seeing the video. Evidently it has gone viral on YouTube . . . ;-)

Posted by: Nina at October 5, 2011 09:51 PM