Uniforms and Batons
As I walked out onto the brand new Astroturf football field, all of the previous practices and football games rushed through my mind. The feeling of nervousness and nausea filled my body and took over my mind as I took the field to perform my very first halftime show.
It was the summer of 2003 when I started learning how to march like the upper classmen. It was a very intense first week of practice because the upper classmen were always yelling and screaming at the freshman because we didn’t do a turn the right way or we didn’t halt the right way. The feel of sweat running down every part of my face and body would become an everyday thing for the next four summers and football seasons. Not only would I be able to feel my sweat, I would also be able to smell the sweat of about 120 more people for the next 4 years.
I will never forget the feeling I got when I put on my band uniform for the very first time. I was now a part of the Pride of Pittsburg Marching Band. For the next 4 years this would completely take over my life. My first football game, I remember it being scorching hot out on the field as we began to march out into our starting position. We finished the drill with no missed turns and no missed halts. My first year as part of the band, we never missed a turn or halt while performing our drill at any of the football games.
Another thought ran through my mind; my very first football game as a Pride of Pittsburg Marching Band Majorette. There were a lot of girls that tried out for majorette and I was one of the lucky ones that made the line! The try-outs were the toughest thing I had ever experienced. For try-outs, each girl had to learn a solo routine to twirl in front of three unknown judges. Also, for try-outs, the girls had to learn a group routine in as little as three days. After you find out if you made the majorette line or not, the real fun begins! I still remember...