Being A Band Geek Was The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me

Being A Band Geek Was The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me

Marching Band is a positive experience and you should continue your experience through college.

You have heard the typical stereotype of people involved in band as “band geeks” and I am quite proud of falling into one of those groups.

I have been involved in marching band since ninth grade and it has been one of the best experiences of my life. I have met some of the best people I know through my band experience that I would not have otherwise known; from band directors to band members. The stage of high school includes being judged for who you are, who you hang out with, and for your actions. It is always important to find an outlet for yourself that makes the four years go by smoothly and for myself, that outlet was marching band. I went to band class excited to be with the people I enjoy being around the most and practicing a show that took teamwork and dedication. I was able to be who I was without the fear of having to be fake or people not liking who I was.

Eventually, high school came to an end and that meant that band could have potentially been a past hobby. At the time, I could not imagine my last halftime show and the last time I put on my uniform to march under those Friday night lights. After much thought, I realized that I did not have to think about that day quite yet because I decided to continue my passion throughout my years in college. I decided that whatever college I chose to attend, they would have a band and I would be a member. Eventually I let the band decide on which college I would attend, and I do not regret that decision one bit. It just so happened that being a member of The Pride of West Virginia was a longtime dream of mine and I became determined to achieve it. One of my favorite memories was opening the letter that made my dream a reality. Being accepted into the band of my dreams came with choosing West Virginia University and Morgantown as my new home.

According to Why Music? Why Band? By Tim Lautzenheiser band requires its members to behave in ethical manners, teaches how to work with others, realize the beauty of learning, promotes self-discipline, extends understanding, and also helps the members have meaning – music is the reason, music is the reward, music is the substance, music is the payoff. (Lautzenheiser 2010) As a band member, I can assure you that being a member of a marching band gives you these lifelong skills and it helps mold you into a successful member of society. So why not continue to be a part of something that is not only entertaining for everyone, but also beneficial to you personally and those around you. This is just part of the reason I was very determined to achieve my goal of being involved with band in college.

Something that comes with being in a marching band is getting to see what other bands can do. It is always a fun experience to meet other band members and to watch what they put in hours of practice on perfecting. There is always a close bond with other band members even if you have never met them before because you know what they are doing and you understand their love for the music and halftime shows. College bands are typically larger than high school bands and it can be challenging to be a new member of the band, but once you get there you quickly realize that band people are friendly and welcoming and that you will have no problem making friends.

Being involved with the band in college helped me make new friends in my first year which I believe to last a lifetime. I spent most of my time with the same people and that never got old. In fact, I could not imagine not doing it again. I am ready to experience four more seasons with my people; I would spend four days a week for the rest of my life with these people if I was given the chance. Being involved in the band in college allows you to be a part of something bigger than yourself, gives you the chance to feel the real magic of being in something so large, and introduces you to the best people around – band people.

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A Beginner's Guide to Milwaukee Sports

Part I: The Bucks


Being a college student in Milwaukee has its perks, especially for sports fans. Now, while some may have brought their hometown teams to college, others (myself included) may have warmed up to the Cream City teams without knowing much about them. If this is the case for you, then these pointers can help you start enjoying Milwaukee basketball without looking and sounding like a bandwagon fan.

Quick History

Here are some facts about the Bucks that can make you feel more knowledgeable about the franchise:

- They have only won one championship (back in 1971) and have lost one NBA Finals series (1974) (Land of Basketball)

- They have only had one* MVP-caliber player in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#33) during the 1971, 1972, and 1974 seasons (Land of Basketball)

- Other Notable Players Include: Oscar Robertson (#1), Sidney Moncrief (#4), Jon McGlocklin (#14) and Ray Allen (#34) (Land of Basketball)

*Giannis Antetokounmpo may win the MVP award this year


Gear Up

This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Wearing team's colors or spirit wear is a must, especially if you're going to a game. Most items like hats and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable, and these are great if you're not trying to break the bank. Buying your gear from a sporting goods store will usually be cheaper than buying them from the team store (the main one of which is located in Fiserv Forum). Most online stores like, Fanatics, Fansedge, and sometimes even the team's online store will have sales on sports gear, so getting a good deal on team wear is always a plus!

A Word of Caution: Jerseys

All three of these players are not part of the 2018-2019 roster and #77 and #3 have been reused by current players Ersan Ilyasova (#77) and George Hill (#3)

If you're willing to go the extra mile, buying a jersey can really get you into locked in and pumped for the live action. However, it should be kept in mind that official Nike NBA jerseys range from $110-$250, so they definitely are an investment. While there are other options available like the FastBreak jerseys by Fanatics, they are a simpler (still official) knockoff of the Nike jerseys. Also; beware buying sale jerseys. There are usually three reasons why jerseys are ever on sale (aside from a storewide sale): a player is injured, a player doesn't play much and is about to be traded, or a player has been traded. While there is nothing wrong with having the jersey of a player who went on to another team (like Kareem and Allen), you are not exactly going to get brownie points for wearing a Jabari Parker or a Thon Maker jersey anytime soon.

Know The Current Squad

Fiserv Forum, Home of the Milwaukee Bucks

Everyone in Milwaukee has heard of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but who else is part of the supporting cast?

Starting Five for the 2018-2019 Milwaukee Bucks (Basketball Reference):

- #6 Eric Bledsoe at Point Guard

- #13 Malcolm "The President" Brogdon at Shooting Guard

- #22 Khris "Money" Middleton at Small Forward

- #34 Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo at Power Forward

- #11 Brook "Splash Mountain" Lopez at Center

Student Perk

Using your university email, you can get special discount ticket offers for home games by signing up for the Bucks' Student Rush Program. Tickets usually start at $15 per ticket, and the seats available may depend on who the Bucks are playing (and how well they are doing during the season).

Get Involved and Have Fun!

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Don't be afraid to get into it! The Bucks are an amazing team to watch and they love Bucks Nation. In addition to cheering at games, going to team events and player appearances can be great ways to make memories and even get an autograph or two!

Are You a Bucks Fan Now?🦌

I think Giannis would agree!

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