All drum corps are created equal, but some are more equal than others.
Any corps can put on an avant garde circus, but only one delivers meta-commentary on the politics behind DCI.
“The Gender Based Violence Prevention Project is a new project of the Students’ Union that promotes a campus free of gender based violence. Gender Based Violence exists in both visible and invisible ways on our campus and affects the lives of many University students, staff, faculty, and community members. Through education, awareness, and institutional change, we are striving to create a campus free of gender based violence where everyone can feel safe and supported.”
Every Kingdom (2011)
It’s amazing how quickly music can calm my nerves.
wow what a good SoundSport team
DAN. Did you find marching contra or euph more challenging than one another, or equally as challenging?
Well to be fair I spent only a few camps marching euph - you might want to consider asking hydeparkboot the same question; he might be able to offer more insight on the topic (since he marched tuba last summer and will be marching euph this summer).
BUT I find both to be particularly difficult in some ways and have slight advantages in other ways. For example, both are INSANELY heavy (at least as far as Jupiters go - Yamaha tubas are hella light and I’m sure Yamaha euphs are actually of a reasonable weight). With a tuba, you at least get to place it on your shoulder. But you exert a considerable amount of effort each time you lift it off the ground and place it on your shoulder (which happens about every 45 seconds due to starting new reps all the goshdarn time).
With a tuba, it’s at least plausible to relax while playing by contorting your posture (which ultimately hurts a LOT in the long run and I advise doing everything in your ability to always maintain proper posture, lest ye attain lower back problems akin to my current ones), but it’s impossible to do so with a euph. Also, on the topic of back issues, I find it much easier to project forward while holding a tuba than while holding a euph, meaning it’s much easier to arch backwards while holding a euph and thus much easier to hurt your back with a euph. But it tooks weeks before I got proper tuba posture; perhaps my euph-related back problems would’ve subsided after gaining more muscle and experience with it.
Mentally, I find euph 100% less taxing. Why? Several reasons:
1. When you reset while rehearsing drill, it’s damn near impossible to run directly to your dot if you have a tuba/refrigerator in your hand - you risk running into other people that way - so you have to run AROUND everyone. As if holding a fridge weren’t enough to slow you down, running a longer pathway than everyone else on the field makes you seem like a Snorlax on the field. And the staff LOOOOVES yelling at the tubas to reset faster. With a euph in hand, I imagine resetting to be much easier and quicker. (Plus you have more time to chill out before starting the rep because, you know, you’re waiting for the tubas to “figure their shit out.”)
2. Tubas almost literally have the brains of cavemen. We are the dumbest breed. And what little focus we have is devoted to the pain of holding and maneuvering our mini aircraft. Therefore, we are 90% of the reasons behind the mental errors that cost the corps a rep and earn us a redo. It was sadistically satisfying at January camp when the tubas messed up during full horn arc; for once, I wasn’t held responsible for the tubas’ mistakes!! Baris and euphs are much more on the ball. That being said, euphs spend plenty of their time thinking about how much pain they’re constantly in.
3. In sub-sectionals, trumpets practice runs. Mellos practice runs. Baris and euphs practice runs. Tubas practice… tuning. Chords. Sustained pitches. You do NOT know pain until you are at day 4 of move-ins playing chromatically descending whole notes at 60 BPM from F right below the staff to E-nat. a minor 9th below …and then are told to reset and repeat certain notes along the way because someone fracked them.
Ultimately, it’s a tough choice… but regardless of your choice, you’ll come to love your instrument despite (or because of) its inconveniences. Both are badass in their own regards. I think my tuba action pics look way more fierce than any other instruments’ action pics. All of drum corps’ options are glorious. Pick one and run with it. I guarantee that, no matter which instrument you choose, you won’t regret it for a second. :)
Hey y’all, so I actually have no idea how I’m gonna get my flight to move ins, take care of my mouthpiece fee, get a flight to my brother’s wedding and back, and get a flight from Indy back to San An, soooooo…
Anyway bringing this back for manhoffdan :) you’re too sweet for wanting to donate!
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