Strangest place you practiced?

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Post by Mike » Fri Feb 04, 2005 3:24 pm

We left Garfield for Wildwood around midnight one year...arrived about 4:30 AM...set up to practice on the beach next to one of the hotels housing the (now sleeping...and most drunk/hungover) VFW/AL members (I forget which show it was).

I think we'd been playing for 10 or 15 minutes tops when a cop car came racing up to the beach area with his PA system blaring "Stop the band music!".

We stopped for a while..but not too long!

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Post by Dale » Fri Feb 04, 2005 8:30 pm

The strangest place I remember practicing? It was 1972, at about 3 in the morning outside a bus station in Portland Oregon (at least I think that is what city we were in) complete with homeless people and hookers. Not sure why but on one of our tours our buses pulled into the bus station and our color guard captain had all of the guard out marking time. We must have had a bad show or something. It was a little scary but no one messed with us. It must have looked too weird.
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Post by Lynne (Hall) Otto » Sun Feb 06, 2005 12:49 pm

Dale wrote:The strangest place I remember practicing? It was 1972, at about 3 in the morning outside a bus station in Portland Oregon (at least I think that is what city we were in) complete with homeless people and hookers. Not sure why but on one of our tours our buses pulled into the bus station and our color guard captain had all of the guard out marking time. We must have had a bad show or something. It was a little scary but no one messed with us. It must have looked too weird.
Gee, Dale,

Can't say that I remember pulling into a bus station on the Portland trip, since we used school busses on that trip in order to be able to fly to DCI. But if we did stop, I wouldn't have put it past Linda Rieke to pull us off the busses to practice, no matter what time it was.
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Post by Dale » Sun Feb 06, 2005 4:46 pm

Lynn,

To tell the truth I don't remember for sure if it was Portland or even if it was 72 though it seems like a Linda Reike thing to do. But Carol remembers it also so I know it happened. My memory is a little fuzzy as far as dates and even years!
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Post by Dale » Mon Feb 07, 2005 7:50 pm

Lynn,

It just sunk in what you said about flying. I don't think we flew anywhere in 72 or else my memory is more shot than I thought. Is it possible you were thinking of another year?
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Post by buckofan » Tue Feb 08, 2005 8:55 am

I believe the year in question is 1970. VFW was in Miami and I think your corps flew there and drove up the coast to Legion in Portland. I remember the flying part clearly as we were trying work out a way to do the same to Miami.

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Post by Bathcadet/buc » Wed May 25, 2005 9:22 am

The Bath, Maine Buccaneers used to have winter practice in a huge Airplane Hanger at Brunswick Naval Air Station. They would even move the P-3 Orions outdoor to allow us to do our field drill.

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Post by Brian Tolzmann » Wed May 25, 2005 12:05 pm

Welcome Bathcadet/buc!

I've encountered the Bath Cadets and Bucs often in my drum corps research over the years.

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Post by FD » Wed May 25, 2005 10:18 pm

Strange places to practice:

1. 1970 Garfield - rehearsed the hornline about 20 yds from shore in the Atlantic just off Miami Beach.
2. 1983 Bridgemen - brass/percussion ensemble run thru just over the fence at the end of the Newark Airport runway. (We skipped the deep breathing exercises that evening.)
3. 1965 Sunrisers - drill rehearsals in a rock quarry-cum-landfill pit in Mineola, Long Island. The "field" came to a point, so Vinnie Ratford changed the drill.
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Post by Mike » Thu May 26, 2005 8:07 am

FD wrote:Strange places to practice:

1. 1970 Garfield - rehearsed the hornline about 20 yds from shore in the Atlantic just off Miami Beach.
I wondered why we had a few blanks all of a sudden!

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mental institutions?

Post by BAA-GA » Thu May 26, 2005 10:35 am

Ok I counted 4 references to Drum Corps and Mental Institutions.
Is there a connection here?
Why are we looking for "institutional" practice facilities? :o

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Post by Gargoyle » Thu Jun 16, 2005 9:44 pm

The Florida Wave had it's corps hall located inside... yep... inside of the South Florida State Mental Hospital in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

We used to have sectionals just outside of the fenced in security wards and the hospital staff told us that the weekends was the only time when the wards were almost completely quiet... the patients used to sit by their windows for hours and listen to us.

The strangest practice I ever had? One day we were doing another endless series of runthroughs and we got to "Fool On The Hill"... as we're playing a woman came out of one of the out patient wards and began twirling around in her hospital gown... at the very end she stopped, hugged a tree, smiled at us and then ran away (top speed) laughing at the top of her lungs...

That kind of summed up my whole experience with drum corps. :wink:

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Post by mattnjonnie » Mon Jun 20, 2005 7:56 pm

Les Etoiles routinely practiced at a mental hospital in Montreal (Dorion), Quebec. "Residents" would occasionally run out of the hospital and into the rehearsals being chased by men in white coats.

We also rehearsed at the Florida State Fairgrounds and to beat the downpours did drill in the field house. It was huge and I had the bright idea to have the corps play inside too. A bit loud, but pretty fun ... except for the Bandettes that were sleeping. Oops ... sorry ladies!

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bunsen burners, anyone?

Post by Terri1957 » Wed Jun 22, 2005 10:42 am

In Norwood Park, we rehearsed in the parking lot of Sargent-Welch corporation. They make the equipment you'd use in chemistry class.

Strange science. Heh. 8-)

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In Cow Poop

Post by sammyejdouglas » Wed Jul 06, 2005 9:18 pm

In 2002 All days for Troop, was held in some podunk little town in the middle of Wyoming (not Casper) for a week. Us pit kids had to haul our stuff in the middle of this pasture of weeds and cow poop. That's Wyoming for you though.

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