About a month and a half ago we had tryouts for drumline. I tryed out for snare, and got cymbals. At first I was really disappointed, but there actually not that bad. In middle school they were really boring looking (I played snare both years of marching band in middle school), but in high school, there pretty fun. The music is kinda hard, but pretty easy to memorize, and we get to do some sweet visuals while doing our show. The show is what we do at the high school football games at like half time. Its like at college games where the band makes all the cool pictures and stuff.
We have a music "theme" this year of what songs we play, this years theme is Beatles. We play four songs, well the drumline plays 3, The Opener (not a beatles song, I think, but drum parts are totally awsome), then The Ballet (drumline doesnt play), Eleanor Rigby, then Hey Jude.
A couple weeks ago were the full band rehearsals at band camp. They were from 9 A.M. to 5:30 P.M., so eight and a half hours. Those were great fun in the 90 degree weather and 100% humidity (or at least it seemed that humid). One thing that kinda sucks is im the only one from my drumline in middle school to continue in band this year. Although one of my friends in band, she played clarinet, does drums this year. So at least one of my friends are doing drums, but the rest of the drumline guys are pretty cool too. Our instructor usually has us go somewhere else and practice for most of the rehearsals while the band practices in the air conditioned band room. Then we go back with them towards the end.
Here's some pretty sweet drumming: http://youtube.com/watch?v=VqUFBe3qmQc (9 minutes long though) and this is the West Virginia University drumline http://youtube.com/watch?v=-6vtnzSRrMk (the thing says its a cadence bust its more of a double beat)