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Michigan Marching Band
I'm back and looking for fan input again. A few days ago the Marching Band Staff sent out the following email to those of us returning to the band next year.
We need your input for the "All In For Michigan" Season. Just think 39 days and we will all be in the Big House for our first game!!! Michigan Athletics is asking our help to come up with some really awesome crowd participation songs that could be played for the fourth quarter of the game."
Because I'm lazy/busy/not creative/whatever I don't feel like coming up with anything on my own, so I'm passing it over to you guys. We're looking for something that could become our "Jump Around". A football version of what we do at Yost with "Can't Turn you loose".
We have until tomorrow (July 30th) to submit ideas, so fire away.
-Your friendly MMB Liason
Drum Major auditions for the MMB were this past Tuesday. The 3 candidates who auditioned in the finals this year in front of the entire MMB also made it to finals the previous year but lost to Cody Martin, the incumbent Drum Major at the time. Here's footage of the twirling portion of all 3 candidates' auditions:
#1 Rich Main
#2 David Hines
#3 Sarah Zelenak
Candidate #2 was voted into the position of Drum Major for the 2009 season.
Just a bit more on the position of Drum Major in the MMB from wikipedia:
The Michigan Marching Band has one drum major, commonly referred to as the "Man Up Front," for the entire 350+ member ensemble. Like in most Big Ten bands, the MMB drum major is not a conducting position. The drum major provides whistle commands to provide song tempos and parade instructions. While it is not required of the position, most drum majors perform twirling routines during the halftime show. The drum major is also responsible for teaching proper marching techniques during Band Week. The drum major is best known for the back bend performed during pregame. The drum major is considered the best marcher in the band.
Auditions for this position are held yearly in a two-phase process. The first phase is held in front of the MMB staff which narrows the field of candidates. The second phase is held on the last day of classes for the winter term and the final vote is decided by the current members of the MMB.