I play an obscure instrument. I also play less obscure instruments. Music education major. Jersey Surf 2010-2012, 2014. I like band, and music in general. Also cats.
Finally, in my senior year of college, we’re talking about BAND in an academic setting.
I love Gettysburg, but the conservatory mindset (that I think is prevalent in all conservatories) just invalidates band in favor of orchestra and opera WHICH SUCKS WHEN YOU PLAY AN INSTRUMENT THAT IS NEITHER IN ORCHESTRA OR OPERA. Having faculty (unintentionally and contextually) insinuate that your genre of music and future profession is less academic or less worthy of discussion gets to you after a while. I understand it’s a newer genre, but still. Regular people don’t know what a euphonium is, please at least let my faculty recognize its validity.
Reading this single chapter on the history of instrumental music education and the band movement in America has made me so much more excited than most of my year of music history class.
Anonymous said: Are DCI guys (as a whole?) more respectful towards females than the rest of the male (non dci) population, would you say? Of course they have desires and stuff, but like do they have the personal values to respect women?
I’d like to think they do but that is a really hard generalization to make. Every guy is different, whether they march DCI or not.
I’ve never felt any dci guys to be disrespectful- they treat especially those of us in more male-dominated sections in very much a sibling relationship, at least in my experience. That being said, the culture of drum corps is less “politically correct” than anywhere else I’ve ever been. I like it for the most part but sometimes people can be obnoxious. So if you’re offended by a friend telling you to “man up” or “stop being a bitch” then that’s the only thing I would be aware of. I just give whoever says things like that a look, but just take everything that’s said with a few grains of salt.
Apparently going to Cancun over winter break WHAT I CANT HANDLE HOW EXCITED I AM