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by Patricia L. Cook This Tidbits examines where and when marching bands originated and other trivial matters to help us stay in step with the bands. • The first marching bands started many centuries ago with military organizations. The needs of military groups to get thousands of troops moving in the same direction quickly, without mishaps, were best met if everyone stayed in rows, the same distance apart. Orderly movement was easiest if it was done in an organized manner. Because many groups did not have musical instruments, chants of, “Left – left, left, right, left,” giving instruction on which foot should be down helped accomplish the tasks. As military troops grew around the world, choruses of encouragement and sometimes humor were added. • When available, drums were added to help troops stay together as they progressed along the way. Musical instruments were added through the years and melodies were great for keeping soldiers encouraged and giving them a sense of pride.

• During the Revolutionary War in America, soldiers marched to fifes and drums. The Civil War brought the development of drum and bugle corps. During the big wars: World War I and II, full brass, percussion and woodwind bands formed. turn the page for more!

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• Early military troops in Scotland and some places in Canada marched to drums and bagpipes. Some still use this style.

• Military traditions are still used by modern marching bands. Bands usually march in formation and use orders of “attention”, “about face” and “forward march.” Most marching band uniforms resemble military uniforms.

• The marching bands that most people think of are university, college, and high school bands that perform at football games and in parades. Halftime shows can be quite elaborate and require hours of training.

• The marching band credited with the first modern halftime show at a football game was the Marching Illini of the University of Illinois in 1907. It occurred at a game against the University of Chicago. • The first band to break the tradition of military ranks and form a letter on the football field was Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The letter, of course, was the “Block P” for Purdue. The first time it was on the field was in 1907 under the direction of Paul Spotts Emrick who was the first band director and served the university band for 49 years, from 1905-1954.

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• Emrick came up with the plan for the “Block P” after seeing a flock of birds flying in a “V” formation. He decided that if birds could make a letter a band surely could replicate the action in a formation on a football field. The Purdue “All American” Marching Band still forms the P before every home game.

• Purdue is also known for what is considered to be the “World’s Largest Bass Drum.” The original drum built by Leedy Corporation in Indianapolis in 1921 is still used today.

• The large drum is about eight feet (2.4 m) in diameter, nearly four feet (1.22 m) wide between the drum heads and more than 10 feet (3 m) high when mounted on the field carriage built for rolling it around. A crew of four bandsmen handling the drum must have accurate timing and placement for the two beaters to keep accurate time with the band. • Now, in case you have heard about “Big

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March 4: in 1944, U.S. bombers struck Berlin for the first time. In 1964, Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa was convicted of jury tampering. March 5: in 1770, the Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers, taunted by a crowd of colonists, opened fire, killing five people. In 1946, Winston Churchill delivered his “Iron Curtain” speech in Fulton, Mo.

March 6: in 1836, the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, fell to Mexican forces after a 13-day siege. In 1857, in its “Dred Scott” decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Scott, a slave who had escaped to the North, could not sue for his freedom in federal court.

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• Big Bertha is the large drum that belongs to the University of Texas. Created for the University of Chicago, Bertha’s first game was when Chicago played Princeton on October 23, 1922. When Chicago stopped its football program, band at the university was also discontinued. At that time, the large drum was put in storage.

• Colonel D. Harold Byrd, a Texas Longhorn band supporter purchased Bertha from the University of Chicago in 1955. Bertha’s dimensions are eight feet (2.4 m) in diameter, 54 inches (1.37 m) wide and more than 10 feet (3 m) high when mounted on her trailer. Called the “sweetheart of the Longhorn band,” Big Bertha is escorted by the “Bertha Crew.”

• Members of the Kappa Kappa Psi fraternity of Purdue challenged their Texas fraternity brothers to a drum showdown in 1961 to settle the question of which band had the largest bass drum. They planned the showdown at the fraternity’s national convention in Wichita, Kansas. Purdue kept its side of the promise and loaded their drum on a truck and headed west. They stopped in Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City and Topeka, pushing their drum through the streets showing off.

You will be parading with members of the POCO Legion Pipe Band, the Legion Colour Party, 777 Neptune Squadron Air Cadets & Band, Seaforth Highlanders Army Cadets, and other Veterans • When the Purdue students and their drum who have marched with us in past years. arrived in Wichita, they discovered that their Texas fraternity brothers didn’t bring their If you are unable to march this is not a problem, drum. By default, Purdue declared their drum many of our Veterans are assigned to Golf Carts as the “World’s Largest Drum.” Since then, the that are provided for by local businesses. exact measurements of the Purdue Big Bass Drum have been kept secret, preserving the Come Celebrate Port Coquitlam’ s mystique of its existence.

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• Marching bands exist in universities, colleges, senior and junior high schools for more than just football games. They also perform at other school events and parades. Many large parades across the country are magnificent venues for marching bands.

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to a local restuarant! GOOD LUCK! Whether you spend hours seeking a four-leaf clover or have a favorite rabbit’s foot that you rub, you may wonder about the origins and realities of symbols of good luck. • The plant that is considered to be the original shamrock is the white clover, trifolium repens, plant. These true shamrocks sometimes produce four-leaf clovers. The way to know that these are the real thing is that the fourth leaf is smaller than the other three leaves. • According to the Free Online Encyclopedia, a shamrock is

“a plant with leaves composed of three leaflets. According to legend it was used by St. Patrick in explaining the doctrine of the Trinity; it is now used as the emblem of Ireland.” • St. Patrick was actually born in Britain, kidnapped and taken to Ireland as a slave when he was only 16. He later escaped and then returned to Ireland as a missionary. He used the native clover to explain the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and is credited with bringing Christianity to the Irish people. • With four-leaf clovers it is said

“If a man walking in the fields find any four-leaved grass, he shall in a small while after find some good thing.” • For people who look more to “luck” than spiritual symbolism from clover, the leaves of a fourleaf clover representa four lucky characteristics: love, health, respect and wealth. • In the Celtic religion of the Druids in early Irish history, three was a mystical number. They considered the shamrock a sacred plant because of its three leaves that formed a triad, also called a trifoliolate plant.

that the first leaf is for faith, the second for hope, the third for love and the fourth for luck. In Irish tradition, the regular shamrock or 3-leaf clover represents the Holy Trinity: one leaf for each person of the Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. When a fourth leaf exists on a shamrock it is said to represent God’s grace. • The native 3-leaf clover, called a Shamrock, is the most popular national symbol of Ireland. • According to age-old legend, Eve carried a four-leaf clover from the Garden of Eden. • Sir John Melton wrote in 1620,

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