Posts tagged: drum corps
Before I talk about this, I should explain drum corps. Drum corps is a group of people who perform a show and compete with other musical groups around the country (in other words, it’s an elevated version of marching band). There are brass players, percussion players, and colorguard. All are essential in making the show a success. So much of this depends on the success of the group, so even if one person isn’t at the same level as everyone else, it affects the success of the entire group. I still think applying behavior analysis to drum and bugle corps is a fantastic idea. Back when I was part of the Undergraduate Association for Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Reno, we had a long discussion on the difficulty of applying BA to the field, but now I don’t think it would be so difficult. The most difficult part I think would be getting my foot in the door, and being allowed to intervene on such groups that don’t have a lot of time to spare. I don’t know if it would be better to focus increasing productivity in the group as a whole, or focus on case by case for those members of a drum and bugle corps that are under-performing comparatively to other members. There are many different components to work on too… music and fitness. So much potential…
Mandarins cymbal line in the new uniforms. :)
These uniforms are SEXY!
The Sacramento Mandarins have a couple of baritone/euphonium spots open!
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to join the corps on our 50th anniversary. March in a brand new uniform, become a better musician, and join this wonderful family.
These are the ONLY holes left in the corps. Act now, go to www.Mandarins.org and contact the brass caption head, Dr. Dan Fong.
This could be the summer that changes your life.
On March 23rd, 1963 the Ye Wah Drum & Lyre Corps (Now the Sacramento Mandarins) was founded.
Happy 50th birthday Mandarins!
Happy 50th Anniversary Mandarins!!
Mandarins is looking for some hardworking, talented tuba players! Contact the caption head for more information :)
To the Age outs:
Don’t take anything for granted.
Before you know it, the season’s going to be over.
Take in every moment that you can.
To everyone else:
A positive attitude really goes a long fucking way.
If you’re hating life, don’t ruin it for everyone else.
Sometimes you need to be reminded that it’s not just about you.
One of the worst things you could do is make it a shitty season for someone else that cares.
Do it for the age outs
My weight has probably gone up about half a pound since I started Insanity. After doing some research though, I realized that you’re supposed to have a temporary gain in weight from the first 2 weeks because basically my muscles are in a state of shock, and my body is trying to repair those muscles. It needs water to do that, so I imagine I am retaining water for this process. In addition, maybe I am not eating enough calories.
But that isn’t likely. I’ve always ate more food when I work out. If I had no self control, I would gorge myself with food all day err day.
This also reminded me of my drum corps days because I wouldn’t lose very much weight during the summer itself. It wasn’t until after I was done that I was at my lowest weight. Last August, I weighed 123. Now I weigh 138, and I am hoping this workout will pay off for me in the long run.
Some funny pictures of Chris and I.
I can’t stand people who say drum corps is a waste of time. To me, if they say shit like that, they never understood drum corps to begin with.
I never know how much I loved and appreciated something I was doing, until I couldn’t do it anymore. In going to southern California this weekend with the Mandarins, I found joy on the other side of the corps, but above that, I wished so badly I could be on that field. All the times before, I wanted to cry, quit, and never look back, but now, I look at these young adults, the future of the Mandarins, and I couldn’t be happier and more miserable. Happy because I was apart of something so painfully difficult, but so rewarding at the same time. Miserable because my time is up. I can only make them some delicious food, and help bring the pit equipment on and off the field. I am okay with that because Mandarins has given me so much that I could never repay with all the sandwiches, gatorade, and chicken patties I make. Now, I have to find the new happy in my life. Drum corps was my happy, and watching my past before my eyes made me realize that I am currently unhappy. Yes, I do have Chris, and my family. He makes me very happy; however, I can’t rely on him for happiness. I alone have to bring the light back into my life. I’m now on the search for my next passion, be it cooking, knitting, hunting, or something that will make my life seem meaningful again. Drum corps is hard to replace.