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    I'm going to be new to marching band this year. Any tips you have would be great. I'm marching bari sax.

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    Don't march with your own horn. It'll get beat - either on the field or in the stands.
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    Take good care of yourself physically. I cannot stress this enough. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, wear sunblock, have a good hat and sunglasses, etc. etc. etc.

    Have a good and solid neck strap.

    Work to minimize any disruption due to marching/motion on your embouchure - try to keep things as consistent as possible.

    agree 100% about the marching with your own horn, especially if you own a bari. Or at least don't march with a really high quality instrument. I ended up overhauling my tenor to recover from just a few years of college marching band...

    if you're a competitive school, best of luck with the competition season. My kids start marching band camp in a couple weeks up here...
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    Quote Originally Posted by fsaxwas9 View Post
    Have a good and solid neck strap.

    Work to minimize any disruption due to marching/motion on your embouchure - try to keep things as consistent as possible.
    That reminds me. Avoid wearing bouncy, stretchy neck straps - especially on the big horn.
    Go for The Tone,

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    Don't march bari.
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    Have fun!

    oh, and don't walk into anyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hakukani View Post
    Don't march bari.
    To go a step further.....don't march at all. Way overrated.
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    if you do BOA run the judge over if he is in your way

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    I FORGOT my neck strap one time when marching a Bari in a parade in High School...I had to carry the $#@* thing the whole way...I played as much as I could...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyrelwar View Post
    if you do BOA run the judge over if he is in your way
    As someone who has done this, there are few stories that beat that one when reminiscing. But, to the question at hand, have you ever considered marching a smaller sax just to start out? All of our Bari players played Alto their first year. I'm not saying you shouldn't but it is something to consider. Unless you are a huge freshman, it is very difficult on a small frame. Also ditto on the forgetting the neck strap. I'm paranoid and always carry 3 in my case just in case if someone else forgets theirs.
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    March with alto instead. Let the sousaphones cover the low notes.

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    I'll definitely consider marching alto, but I'd still like to see what marching bari is like, first. I think I am going to be the only person in my school marching bari. Haha. I like to be unique.

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    I marched bari in high shool and will now be continuing in college. If you want to do so, think about investing in a sax harness. I use the Jazzlabs harness. Makes it much easier to tote such a large sax.

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    The first year of marching band is the toughest. Upper classemen are pretty hard on the 'freshmeat'.
    A few things that you can do to make things easier on yourself are, keep your eyes and ears open and don't act like a 'freshman'.
    Meaning.....
    Watch how the older members are marching and try your best to emulate them. You'll know the first day of rehearsal who the best marchers are.
    Learn your music and the drill. If you have question on ANYTHING don't be afraid to ask for help from your section leader. It's their 'job' to help the newbies.
    And maybe the most important for any incoming freshman marching band member, don't act like the typical immature freshman. If you do your best to be the most awesome freshman 'marcher and player' you should be just fine.
    Marching band is actually not that bad if you go in with a good attitude. )
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    Go for The Tone,

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    Quote Originally Posted by altobarisaxophone View Post
    I like to be unique.
    If you want to be unique in marching band, try playing with good tone instead of just playing LOUD.
    Go for The Tone,

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    If you're allowed, get a good harness. If you march with a neck strap, you could end up paying for it a few years down the road in the form of neck/shoulder/back pain.

    Otherwise, have fun! Marching band can work wonders for your playing if you approach it with the right attitude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr G View Post
    If you want to be unique in marching band, try playing with good tone instead of just playing LOUD.
    YES lol. I was searching for a like button but couldn't find one, so this will suffice. Anyway I second what Dr. G said, I did exactly that and it messed my embouchure up for a bit.

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    +1. Always remember that the first sounds that hit the stands are from the piccolos, followed by the tubas. Then it's a mash-up of trumpets and percussion. Anything with a reed is at a distinct disadvantage, so concentrate on keeping a good tone and staying in step within the formation.

    The only advantage of playing bari in marching band is your parents can spot you more easily from their seats.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerumulliganrules View Post
    +1. Always remember that the first sounds that hit the stands are from the piccolos, followed by the tubas. Then it's a mash-up of trumpets and percussion. Anything with a reed is at a distinct disadvantage, so concentrate on keeping a good tone and staying in step within the formation.

    The only advantage of playing bari in marching band is your parents can spot you more easily from their seats.......
    So speed of sound is a function of frequency? That's news to me.
    "It is a question of time, patience, and intelligent work." - Marcel Moyse
    "Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." - Victor Hugo


    Alto: Selmer SBA: Meyer 6M (Phil-Toned)
    Tenor: Selmer Series II: Phil Tone Tribute .110
    Soprano: Selmer Series II Black Lacquer: Theo Wanne Gaia 7
    Bari: No horn yet, but I've got a Link...

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