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Hey everyone! Now that school is back in session for those who are still in school (and the dread of being an "adult" and a graduate setting in for the rest of us), it's about time we have another discussion post!

This time, I want to know what the:
1. Best advice you received as a new musician/marching band member/guard member/etc.
2. Best advice you can give to a new musician/marching band member/guard member/ etc.
is, because that's really part of what makes the band experience for a lot of people: how openly new members are accepted in, whether it be by their section or the whole band.

Personally, the best advice I can give to new band kids is this: no one is perfect, and no one has the same skills, and there is no one set way to practice. Run scales and warm-ups if it works for you. If it doesn't, then find a book of etudes or a book of solos (my personal favorite is either a book of Disney solos or Fink's Studies in Legato for trombone) and work through a few of those. My favorite private instructor in college told me that there are quite a few pros that don't have all scales memorized, but it doesn't make or break a person or their chances. Find what you love, and go from there.

I can't wait to see what advice all of you have received and given!
Hello everyone! The fall semester or quarter is almost upon us. What music pieces, solos, or field shows are you looking forward to playing this year?
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Not sure if you heard, but there is a petition out to make March 4th National Marching Arts Day! We need a lot more people to sign!

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hmmm... where do you go if you are a shunned marching band pit player?
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