I never played in a band. I don't play any musical instruments; I have a hard enough time playing a CD. But I saw a story about a university marching band this morning, and I thought I'd string together 3 marginally-related thoughts into one post.
I had a friend who was in the USC marching band. He loved it.
West Point didn't have a marching band, although we certainly knew how to march! Sometimes, at halftime during football games, the other team's marching band would perform at Michie ("mikey") Stadium. I think it was my sophomore year when Yale performed, and their show included several pointed jabs at our military. It was bad enough that our Superintendent, a 3-star General, said publicly that they wouldn't be allowed to perform there again. Let's be honest, what they did was in poor form.
And then there's this story, from which we learn that the University of Wisconsin marching band sat out a game this weekend "as an investigation continues into allegations of hazing."