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Like the Thing You Drive
By: Emily Karr
    
    The three most common questions I get about being a drum major are these: 1. Aren’t you worried you’re going to get your pants dirty? Yes, yes I am. 2. So you don’t play the drums? No, no I do not. And 3. What’s your favorite part? And this last question is infinitely harder to answer. Life on the other side of the field is pretty fantastic, I’m not going to lie. It’s incredible to watch our show unfold and to see members get better as the season goes on. It’s electrifying to be in front of the stands with 300 members screaming for third down, and even better if the team actually does it right. And I will remember the sea of swaying lines and the swell of the alma mater for as long as I live. But the best part by far isn’t any of these. It’s not the white pants, the ladder, or the sound of your name being announced in Rentschler Stadium. For me, the best part has always been and always will be you. The members of this band are what make it special. Your energy, your passion, your drive and your ability to work hard are what made me want to serve our band and what makes all your leaders work as hard as they do.

    The truth of the matter is that this band cannot survive without the support and hard work of its members, and that each one of us has a role to play. The road to leadership often starts small. Mine started with a freshman rep nomination. Desperate to try and find a way to stand out, I started my speech with the now infamous line “Hi, I’m Emily Karr, like the thing you drive”. This groan-worthy introduction would go on to follow me as a sort of tagline that I now laugh at. My first chance at “standing out like a leader” would forever be marked by possibly the worst attempt at a pun to ever happen. But that first step and first chance started me down the path that would eventually lead me to where I am today. When we think of leadership, it almost seems to take on a larger than life entity. We build it up beyond what we could ever hope to achieve. But the truth is that we are all leaders. That taking one small step and working to make what you love better is leadership. Fixing a form is leadership. Snapping to set is leadership. Taking out the section tarp is leadership. Working hard to improve what you love is leadership. And it’s that level of leadership and personal responsibility that makes our band great.

       My time in the UCMB has been a long journey of leadership and personal growth. While music is not my chosen career field, there is an undeniably human aspect of music that reflects my chosen career in the legal field. Neither field operates exclusively in black and white, and both serve as a means of serving the person. While being drum major as a non music major has brought its own set of challenges, I am and will be forever grateful to be part of your marching band experience. This band and its people will always hold a special place in my heart, and it is an honor to serve your band.

An Analysis of Band Stereotypes
By:  Erin Naclerio

Ah, the classic marching band stereotypes.  This powerful force is around us at all times and is completely impossible to ignore.  As I transitioned this year from high school marching to college marching, I noticed that these stereotypes did not disappear, no, they only got more intense.  Whether we realize it or not, these stereotypes don’t just apply to us, they apply to marching bands all across the country and through many generations. With that said, let’s take a closer look at each section...

    Most obvious of all, trumpets supposedly have big egos, are constantly competing for the coveted title of “loudest player”, and never play below a forte.

    Trombones are always cracking jokes, embracing their love for memes, and playing with your slide (and possibly using it as a weapon?)

    I’ve always found the mellophone section pretty mysterious, they are a lot less brash than the trumpets and trombones, and seem a lot more similar to baritones.  Maybe a secret cult?

    The saxophones just have a strange, unspoken sense of humor.  Like other sections, they’re proud and enjoy socializing and also playing loud.  Only they truly know why C is for saxophone.

    The tubas are the backbone of the band, both musically and socially.  They’re also always joking but get their work done and seem to be friends with everyone.

    The baritones seem to be very proud and dedicated, a lot quieter, than their brass brethren, their parts fall somewhere between trumpet and trombone and they seldom get the credit they deserve.

    The clarinets always look like they’re having a great time, whether it’s singing or dancing.  They also have a weird, cult-like sense of humor and are constantly looking for a reed that works.

    As a flute myself, I can confirm that we are the tryhards who pride ourselves in our enthusiasm and love for band and are just trying to play loud enough so we can be heard (and maybe be in tune).

    The drumline has the largest personality range, overall they know they’re instrument is the coolest, but for some reason I feel like they’re always missing.  Are they constantly rehearsing, or are they hiding?

    Pit: A lot of people in this section are incredibly talented with an array of different musical backgrounds.  They are also doing their own thing most of the time. Whatever you do, don’t touch their instruments and equipment

    Guard: very coordinated and make twirling the flag look easy.  They are the more glamorous side of marching, supposedly one of the more dramatic sections, but also very close like a family.  

 

From What Do I Do, and How Do I Have Time For Marching Band?
By: Rik Emery

The short answer is that I don’t. But it’s a much longer and more complicated situation than to simply say that I don’t have time to participate in the UCMB, because that can be grossly misinterpreted.
            First off, if you know me, you know how hard it is to meet up with me or grab a meal together. I’m a Physiology & Neurobiology major (this major is one of the ones that everyone starts out in freshman year and then switches out after a couple semesters), Music minor, and I’m in the Pre-Med program. I’m also currently applying to medical schools, over a dozen to be more precise. If you’re not already aware, my main instrument is my voice, although tuba is a close second. I do a lot with my voice: I am a singer in and the Vice President of the UConn Glee Club, a singer for the UConn Concert Choir, and an occasional church choir singer. Regarding band, I am a section leader for the tuba section (DOOT), a Senior Representative for the band council, and the treasurer of Kappa Kappa Psi. I also do a lot of community service outside of the music department, such as organized campus cleanup and helping the Red Cross with their blood donator hospitality. I’m taking a total of 18 credits this semester, which is a nice break from 22 last semester. I also commute to Farmington, CT every Monday to conduct research in the Neuroscience department at UConn Health Center from 8am-5pm. It’s cool stuff! We take skin progenitor cells from patients with schizophrenia, turn those cells into stem cells and culture them, turn those stem cells into neurons (all this so we don’t have to scrape at people’s brains), and perform experiments on them to see if we can reverse the physiological effects that the disease has on the neurons. These studies will hopefully also shed some light on the workings of other diseases like Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and depression. For hobbies, I like to practice recording, mixing, and mastering music. It takes too much time for what it is but it’s too fun to miss out on.
            So now that you have a taste of what I do while I’m here at school, the age-old question remains: how do I have time for marching band? The more concrete answer is that I make time. I stay up until 2am to finish homework (or write things for the newsletter), I skip meals, and I pass on going to the bar or hanging out with friends. It’s easy to do when you love and care for something, and as long as it’s not to your detriment it is worth doing. The UCMB is a place that I can express myself musically and socially, a space where I feel supported and accepted, a fun outlet with all of my friends, and a gathering of new people who I have yet to meet. It really is a home, but a home requires management, upkeep, sometimes repair, and always time – and money too, but that’s a different subject. Despite that, everyone seeks a home and therefore it must be worth it, otherwise no one would do it! I went through a period of time during the summer after my sophomore year where I decided I wouldn’t return, but here I am and I couldn’t be happier with my senior year and how it’s going. My advice for anyone that’s struggling with the idea of staying in the UCMB: think about it. When’s the next time after college that you’ll be in a 300+-marcher band that looks, sounds, and is great? Is that worth missing out on? There are so many professionals that regret dropping marching band. I hear that all the time! What is it about marching band that make people regret missing out on it? I can’t really tell you that, but I can tell you that you have to be the thing that those people miss out on, and only then will you figure out what staying in it means to you. The time to be that change or that charismatic, involved, enlightened member is always now, college only lasts for the duration of your degree, and time won’t wait for you.
 

 

Preseason 2018  
By: Brett Simms
Preseason went well. I’m proud to say that preseason went exceptionally well this year and it wouldn’t have without all of our fantastic returning and new members. Preseason planning started earlier than you would expect. First of all, the three junior representatives responsible for planning preseason were in three different states. Brett Simms, baritone, was touring the country with his DCI core, Carolina Crown. Jimmy Thurston, baritone, was saving lives in Northern New Jersey. Gillian Foley, color guard, was pce luv finaiding and working in a research lab on the UConn campus. Despite us all being so far apart, everything was planned and ready to go when the week came, and we have to thank the UCMB summer staff for helping to make our vision a reality. We prepared for and carried out the convocation ceremony, logistically scheduled our events, made programs, contacted section leaders, and organized a bunch of great events such as the major dinner, game night, ice cream social! I hope you all had a wonderful time during preseason and let’s continue to be the best UCMB ever! TUP!
 
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