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Strangest place you practiced?

Post by VFsnareguy » Fri Jul 12, 2002 8:49 am

What was the strangest place you have practiced.

As I was lying in bed last night thinking of the year I marched, I was trying to remember all the places we practiced throughout the year.

Many I could not remember but,

One place the snare line got together was in an almond orchard next to a canal. It was a cold Modesto, CA night probably, February some time. Lots of fun drumming under the moonlight.

Then the entire corps regularly practiced in a park next to the River. Great big trees for shade and lots of tall green grass with sprinklers that had a mind of their own.
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Strangest place you practiced?

Post by VFsnareguy » Fri Jul 12, 2002 8:52 am

Laying in bed. hehe
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Post by CrownSoprano2000 » Fri Jul 12, 2002 10:56 am

On a field with trees in it somewhere in Kansas. After we practiced we played the ballad for the cow accross the street. I was sick during this rehearsal, so I only heard about it.

As for strangest housing site, we stayed in a condemned high school in West Virginia. The locker room looked like a dungeon and it had standing water in it.
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Post by DCImonkey » Fri Jul 12, 2002 2:24 pm

We had a show in Durham NC and the school didn't have any practice fields for us to practice on. So there was a large open field across the street from the school, but it was on a slope. So we marched on the side of a hill! Backwards marching was a trip....literally!

A few other notables...not strange, just interesting.....

Alton Illinois...hottest day of the summer....had a water park across from our rehearsal site :(

Evansville IN, school in the middle of a corn field. We were waiting on the baseball players from "Field of Dreams" to come walking out and join our rehearsal....or maybe corps members who have since passed! :)
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Post by MadMan99 » Thu Jul 25, 2002 5:28 am

In '95, when my brother marched Nite Express (formally Emerald Knights), he told me they stayed at a closed down mental institution in Woodward, IA I believe it was. He says it freaked everyone out!

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In......er.......AT a jail

Post by Mike » Thu Jul 25, 2002 7:19 am

The town of Garfield never really cared for us, as even back "in the day" pre-DCI few of us came from the town of Garfield. They put lots of restrictions on us as far as practicing in the town was concerned so....

Our regular drill rehearsal site all summer long in 71 and 72 was at the Bergen County Jail parking lot in Hackensack. We could hear the inmates yelling through the barred windows. :lol:

Kind of neat was in Dallas for 71 Nats when we stayed at the same hotel my favorite football team even back then, the Cowboys, stayed in for summer training. They'd watch us rehearse on a field next to the hotel. I even got to meet a couple of them. Pretty exciting for a 17 1/2 year old!!

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Post by Old Mike » Thu Jul 25, 2002 9:06 am

I've been reading the board for about 2 years now and have always found Mike's posts well thought out, informative, insightful and everything else.

Geez - then I find out he's a COWBOYS fan!! I take back all the good things I thought about his views. He's obviously a demented, sick human being, and serves no purpose other than to ridicule. :^^: (Just good natured ribbing and kidding, of course). Living just south of Green Bay forces me to flame Cowoby fans.

Really, I appreciate your posts, Mike.

From one Old Mike to another :cheers:
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Why how DARE you.....

Post by Mike » Thu Jul 25, 2002 2:04 pm

No prob! No offense taken. :lol:

>Living just south of Green Bay forces me to flame Cowoby fans. >

The Pack just killed me as a HS student in the late 60's! :cry:

Of course, the 'Boys made up for it later!

Thanks for the compliment at any rate!

Remember those old electric football games with the vibrating boards?

The players had these little cillia-like things on the bases that allowed them to move across the field when the board was turned on.

They sold handpainted versions of all the NFL teams. I bought the Cowboys in both the Home and Away jerseys. My friend, an ardent Colts fan, bought the same of HIS team. If I went to his house to play, I'd bring my "visiting" Cowboys players and vice versa. :P

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Post by DCImonkey » Thu Jul 25, 2002 3:16 pm

I guess I hate you too Mike! I'm a Redskins fan, so that means my other favorite team is whoever is playing Dallas!
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Post by Waldo 1 » Tue Jul 30, 2002 9:14 pm

Mental hospital in Weesp Holland.
Double Decker Bus in london.
Tennis court in Holland.
Street in Lens France

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Post by weeble » Sun Sep 01, 2002 8:44 am

With the imperial regiment in 1977 we also stayed in a empty section of a mental institution. but the loonies wern't far off and enjoied watching us practice. No one missed curfew those nights.
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strangest places you've practiced

Post by csunbass97-99 » Tue Oct 29, 2002 7:59 pm

About in 99 while marching for northridge we competed in a drumline show. It was horribly cold and there was pouring rain. We ended up practicing in the boys bathroom. Basses by the urinals,everyone else (incuding mallets)in the main walkway, and most of staff in the stalls. Horribly crowded and LOUD but not to bad considering the lingering smell of urine.

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Here's a couple

Post by BlueCavie » Thu Oct 31, 2002 9:26 am

In 87 the Bluecoats were housed and rehearsed at a convent. Nothing spectacular...just very rustic. We, of course, had to watch our language and sexual activities lol.

Last season, Revolution stayed at an "asylum." We had a large audience of "clients." Some were enamoured by the fact that our color guard wore barely anything during rehearsal compaired to what they were used to. One female "client" was rejoicing because she thought they had FINALLY changed the dress code. Another "client" decided that she was going to run the battery rehearsal. And finally, the funniest was the male "client" who came out onto the field during run through and plopped down in the middle of the field. We stopped the run and one of the color guard guys simply stated..."Um...he's in my spot?!" We were there all the way through finals week. Scarey

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Re: Revo & the asylum

Post by GWFrog » Thu Oct 31, 2002 8:01 pm

Howdy!

:shock: AHA!!! :shock:
BlueCavie wrote:Last season, Revolution stayed at an "asylum

Now we know from whence come all of the crazy "Revoheads"... :lol:

'Til later... 8-)
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Post by BlueCavie » Fri Nov 01, 2002 6:07 am

VERY funny....it's been confirmed those revoheads are auditionees this year or fans (it could happen) and not members or staff. I think that maybe its the water.

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