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Old 05-11-2019, 08:16 PM
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drank water before the parade started and didn't have band moms coming through the ranks, squirting water into the mouths of band members while the band was marching on the parade route. We also tried to keep in step.

Okay, this didn't happen with all the bands we saw at today's parade, but it happened with 2 of them. The weather was mild, scattered clouds, 70 degrees, so heat wasn't an issue.

As a high school band member, this would have embarrassed me. Is this a common practice now?


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Old 05-11-2019, 08:54 PM
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Never seen that. I was a drill coach and only one adult/coach was allowed to be on the parade route. I watch our band perform frequently and it looks like the one adult rule still stands.

I would think they would lose points for that silliness
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Old 05-11-2019, 08:55 PM
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My kids are in marching band, I was in marching band, and I don't remember that then OR now! And we marched in WAY hotter weather than that.

We also never had music holders. We had to memorize music! I've seen several marching bands with music holders.
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Old 05-11-2019, 09:12 PM
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My kids were in marching band and there were band parents with water during parades when the temperatures were in the 80s and 90s. They were paid for their performances in the parades so there were no points involved.
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Old 05-11-2019, 09:39 PM
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Our parents could only dart in and out between songs and cadences. When the instruments went up, they were out of there but walked beside the band. They also kept eyes out if a band member was struggling.

I marched in two different high school marching bands and this was the norm. One was in Michigan so our parades were (Memorial Day, one mid-summer 70-90 degrees at time) and the other in North Carolina (90 plus humidity most of the time).

(I marched from 1999-2001)


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Old 05-12-2019, 01:31 AM
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My kids were in band throughout high school and college and what you described never happened. There was water at the end of the parade route.
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Old 05-12-2019, 03:06 AM
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Boy, have things changed! During summer practices we had to march with popsicle sticks under our necks to teach us how high to keep our chins up. Today, that would be reported as abuse. We got water when the break whistle blew. None during competitions and parades.
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Old 05-12-2019, 03:18 AM
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My own children never had water during parades.
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Old 05-12-2019, 04:02 AM
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Nope does not happen!
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Old 05-12-2019, 04:46 AM
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All 3 of my kids have been in marching band and I have never seen this happen.


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Old 05-12-2019, 04:59 AM
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I have never seen this happen here.

However... Iím in Florida and I know that staying hydrated is a huge issue here for the marching band members, especially when in uniform.
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Old 05-12-2019, 05:53 AM
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All of my kids have done marching band. We do carry water for our kids on parade routes.
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Old 05-12-2019, 06:06 AM
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I grew up in the 1970's and loved band. We marched in Christmas parades and had music holders because we had just finished football season. We had to wear warm clothes under our wool uniforms because it was usually cold ( not like today where it is much warmer!). We did not have band parents... only the director who was in charge of all of us. Not sure I would want that job! Our parents would pick us up at the end of the parade.... I doubt they even saw or heard us perform!
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Old 05-12-2019, 06:11 AM
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My son is in Marching Band and the Band Boosters have a HYDRATION committee.

But, it's NM and they are basically wearing wool snowsuits, which is a pretty good way to DIE.

The moms don't step into the formation to deliver water, though.
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Old 05-12-2019, 06:22 AM
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I cannot even imagine. But then again a lot of things have changed. We never had imposed heat index breaks. We were told if u drop just hope someone does not trample u. Never saw this happen. Luckily for the most part our high school and college directors had common sense. Our college practice field was on asphalt.
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Old 05-12-2019, 07:02 AM
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Ummmm no. Texas Heat. At our Labor Day Parade it was usually over 100. I marched a heavy snare drum. There were no water squirters. I literally thought I would die a few times. I am also short and was always on the end due to beinf way shorter than the guys so always had to make the biggest turns.

We practiced from 3:00-6:00 every day after school in the TX heat. We drank at water breaks and tried not to pass out.

I loved every minute of it. Those were good times. I graduated in 95.
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Old 05-12-2019, 07:09 AM
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It doesnít happen here. We had our directors walking beside the route and would pull people out if needed (it only happened once that I can remember) and parents werenít allowed to come into formation. We got water at the end. This is still the norm.

We once marched in Hawaii and we felt were were going to die, but we made it and enjoyed our long walk back to the hotel too.

During marching band practice you didnít leave the field unless you were going to pass out. You only left when it was break time. Very few people ever left and we marched in 90-110 degree Oklahoma sun!
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Old 05-12-2019, 08:04 AM
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Those helicopter parents are everywhere!
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Old 05-12-2019, 08:34 AM
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Yep. Have seen it here for a few years. We sit about 1/4 mile into the 3 mile parade route. It's October. It's New England. It's not warm. And yet the moms are giving water every time they stop playing.
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Old 05-12-2019, 08:54 AM
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I spent 10 years in marching band through high school and college and never had anyone dart in between the lines to squirt water in my mouth. We would get to drink water and Gatorade after the parade.

We also never used lyres and had all of our music memorized.
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Old 05-12-2019, 11:39 AM
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We once marched in Hawaii and we felt were were going to die, but we made it and enjoyed our long walk back to the hotel too.
This made me laugh-- I marched in Hawai'i in a band for years (as an adult), and it was SO much better than the summer marches I did in Chicago as a teen. Of course, Chicago marching band uniforms are not built for 90+ degree, humid weather marching and we got to wear Aloha shirts and capris to march in Hawai'i
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Old 05-12-2019, 01:23 PM
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I was in HS marching band from 95-99 and then college band through 2004.

I think we did have some HS band parents with water, but not while we were playing. I think it was just a few helicopter moms that insisted on it. Most of us were fine until the end.
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Old 05-12-2019, 01:35 PM
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My son is in the marching band currently.

In addition to marching with instruments they perform lots of intricate high stepping dance steps & routines throughout the parade

They wear a camel pack under their uniform.

We live in a very hot & humid area -even the winter can be warm.

So hydration is essential to prevent students passing out.
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Old 05-12-2019, 05:16 PM
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We got a Dixie cup of Gatorade from the spout of an orange cooler when we finished.
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Old 05-12-2019, 06:04 PM
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We don't have a lot of parades in our area, at least not with marching bands, floats, etc. The only parade I can think of that we marched in, or that we even had, which is still the only one we have, is the annual Christmas parade. Back when I was in band it was during the early to mid 70s and I don't even think we had bottled water ! I always walked with the band as a parent helper for DS2 and DD and we did squirt water in their mouths. I am on the NE coast of FL. Temps that time of year can be anywhere from the 30s to the 70s!

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Old 05-13-2019, 12:25 PM
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I'm one of the moms that walks with the band to squirt water. Our only parade is the Fourth of July and it is often in the high 90s with heat indexes close to 100.

DH and I walk with them and we only give them water when they are between songs. Those kids are so grateful. We've had competitions where it was really hot and kids throwing up/passing out from the heat. Plus they play better when their mouths aren't all dried out.

When I was in high school, I was in color guard and I also remember there being parents/staff with water bottles for us if needed.
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