Signs You've Been In Band Too Long

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by MrsDoyle, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. MrsDoyle

    MrsDoyle Supporting Member

    Signs You've Been In Band Too Long
    1. When you hear music and you start marking time.
    2. When you walk behind someone and you're in step with them.
    3. When you try to guess the tempo of your favorite song.
    4. When all your friends are in the band.
    5. When you don't mind changing clothes on the bus.
    6. When you point out key changes and dynamics while listening to the radio.
    7. When every guy/girl you're interested in is in the band.
    8. When you like wearing your uniform.
    9. When people ask you about your social life and you say, "Oh, you mean my flute / trumpet / drum / etc.?"
    10. When you consider your hymn book a fashion accessory.
    11. When you've had a "trombone-ectomy"
    12. When you practice your instrument more than you talk to your dog.
    13. When being mauled by a drum is a normal part of life.
    14. When people worry when they see you without your instrument.
    15. When "armed guard," means a girl with a pole instead of a guy with a gun.
    16. When band camp is FUN
    17. When you respond to "band fag"
    18. When someone says the word "box" and you automatically put your head up.
    19. When you remember flats and sharps more easily than your name.
    20. When you dress the lunch line, and urge others to do the same.
    21. When you're alone and you suffocate because there's no one telling you to breathe.
    22. When slides feel normal.
    23. When your instrument has a name.
    24. When you remember your instrument's birthday and forget your mom's.
    25. When making a line is you biggest accomplishment of the day.
    26. When back marching no longer reminds you of ballet.
    27. When you give your instrument a birthday party.
    28. When you can make brown shoes look white.
    29. When your uniform fits.
    30. When black feathers become a fashion "do".
    31. When you see your section more than you see your family.
    32. When everyone wants to kill the other football team...and you want to kill the other band.
    33. When you have dreams about selling Woody's Wings.
    34. When you think evening practices should last a half-hour longer.
    35. When you accidentally call your band director "Dad".
    36. When you CAN sight-read.
    37. When you can put on your uniform in less than 10 minutes.
    38. When reeds and mouthpieces taste good.
    39. When Woody's Wings are part of your daily diet.
    40. When you think your plume is alive.
    41. When marking time is your favorite form of exercise.
    42. When you have a neck strap/harness tan line.
    43. When you subconsciously start practicing with a pencil.
    44. When numbers past 8 aren't important.
    45. When you're more opinionated about the Madison Scouts/Phantom Regiment rivalry than the O.J. trial.
    46. When you roll-step through the cafeteria so you don't spill your lunch.
    47. When you'd rather practice than read this list.
    48. When letters past G aren't important.
    49. When you get the jokes on this list.
    50. When this list reaches 50.
  2. steve butler

    steve butler Active Member

    mmmmm I see a sign that maybe your band think you've been there too long

    and thats without trawling through the list
  3. flugel_fancy

    flugel_fancy Member

    51. If you took time to sit and compile this list you have gone past the point of being in banding too long :tongue: there is now no turning back
  4. MrsDoyle

    MrsDoyle Supporting Member

    correct ;-)
  5. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    I've been doing no.6 for years. In fact I can usually point out the key change a half dozen bars before it happens even on a track I don't know.

    It keeps one alert, reminding onesself how breathtakingly predictable and formulaic most popular music is and trying not to fall into that same trap...
  6. Kjata

    Kjata Member

    If I agree with 99% of those and i'm only 17, does that make me uber sad?? ':)
  7. MrsDoyle

    MrsDoyle Supporting Member

    ^ I'm in the same boat ;-)
  8. Kjata

    Kjata Member

    Wow, it's just hit me, everyone around me was telling to truth! Oh well, I am who I am lol!
  9. JesTperfect!

    JesTperfect! Member

    Me too!

    In fact, sometimes there's nothing I enjoy more than telling my non-musical friends exactly why they shouldn't like their favourite band and their music.

    Nasty I know :oops:

    I truly cannot wait for the day that my brother's 'band' plays a song that uses more chords than I, IV & V.
  10. Ipswich trom

    Ipswich trom Member

    Can't wait to hear you use no. 35 at rehearsal tonight!!!!
  11. JesTperfect!

    JesTperfect! Member

    No. 5 is a good one!

    When I was younger (and cared about changing in fornt of people - now I'm not bothered - I lost any dignity a loooong time ago!) I set myself up in the back corner of the bus, hung uniform covers up around me and made my own private dressing room.

    Unfortunately I didn't look out the window. A coach was parked right next to ours and a large proportion of the male members of a nameless Band saw everything. :oops:

    Embarrassment Central.

    Thankfully I play for a different band in a different section now so rarely come into contact with them ..... but when I do I still blush like billy-o!
  12. Kjata

    Kjata Member

    I use all those, what cha talking about!! :)
  13. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    I do that too! Crikey, I thought it was just me! Nice to know there is a fellow evil person out there.

    I suppose that's why I listen to metal quite a bit, because metal bands are often the only contemporary musicians not scared of doing something that's a wee bit off the chain. Scares the living bejesus out of some of my poptastic mates though.....

    Buy them a few Muse records. Either their heads will explode with bafflement, or they'll see the light.... ;)
  14. Kjata

    Kjata Member

    don't be ashamed, we've all done it, oh wait actually no we haven't, but as a bandswomen have no shame, most bands people have no dignity lol! :/
  15. Jack

    Jack Member

    u can say that again...
  16. Leyfy

    Leyfy Active Member

    Hmm, thats a sweeping generalisation there, Paul!! :tongue:
  17. Kjata

    Kjata Member

    Well I can only vouch for myself but hey!
  18. Leyfy

    Leyfy Active Member

  19. Kjata

    Kjata Member

    I have no dignity or shame, I'm a complete saddo!! :O
  20. Leyfy

    Leyfy Active Member

    AAAAH - I thought you were saying you were a woman!!!! LOL :tongue:

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