Happy Memorial! A day for remembering those brave men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military.
For this harMONious Music Mondays I chose to celebrate HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Marching Bands. The experience of being in a Marching Band is like no other. You create memories, music, and most importantly a bond no outsider would fully understand. There is an intricate art behind each detail that only other band geeks would fully understand the struggle of. For example, there is an art to how the band performs in the stands during athletic games. To the crowd, what may appear to be simple dance moves, actually took hours of discussion and critique.
Are we dancing with our instrument or standing still? Are you swaying side to side collectively as a band or is each musical section doing there own thing? The questions and possibilities could go on forever.
One Band, One Sound (the classic Drumline quote) is nothing short of the truth. Each member has to learn to switch off their own individuality to create harmony. Being a trombone player in the marching band brought many opportunities to me that I will never forget. I got to travel places and learned the value of hard work. Being in a marching band requires a degree of discipline to obtain a certain quality. It is no secret that many marching bands practice harder than a few of the football teams.
That being said, check out these HBCU Marching Bands.