PIT should go on stirke!

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Post by Personal » Fri Nov 14, 2003 12:22 am

Hey Hey now!!!

We are in band. By due nature, most of us are going to be lazy. Here is the thing tho, and I believe this. We need to work together. If we help the PIT, than the PIT can help us. In turn, the PIT can get set up earlier, and be ready to play. Also, if the PIT closes down quicker, cause people are helping, than we all get to go earlier. You catchin' me. Now, there are going to be PIT members that don't want help. That's cool. Let them do their thing. Its them. I wouldn't let someone else take my Euph. Its my baby. So, go out there and do your thing. :lol:
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pit is not LAZY!!!

Post by PitChickandproudofit » Fri Nov 14, 2003 6:27 am

I marched my freshman year and due to an injury had to join pit the next, and I remember complaining about having to help them. I see now why they needed help. i have been in pit for two seasons and its a lot of work! i'm always the first one there, and almost always the last one to leave, we dont have a cart so we lug everything up there by hand. also, once a week we go to a different school to practice, we have to load the trailer during luch and dont get to eat, so we go from 6am to 8-8:30pm without food

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Post by drumma » Fri Nov 14, 2003 4:45 pm

i love being in pit and id never trade it for any instrument except maybe a drum or cyms lol but the trade off for not marching in field *which rocks* is pushing 7 ft marimbas and stuff around. yea, we hate bringing our stuff to the field every morning and every rehearsal and stuff but its a lot better than marching id say, especially cuz im not so great at marching :roll: lol and yea if you wanna be lazy a lot pit is definately it for you lol but even though sometimes its a little boring while the band goes over sets our music is always harder than the band's and theres always things to improve, 4 mallets and 6 mallets to learn to play and improve, all kinds of great stuff lol I LOVE PIT! :D
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Post by jrichmond68 » Fri Nov 14, 2003 6:29 pm

lol, somehow, the pit has convinced the hornline memebers that bringing down equipment is easier than marching in the block, so out pit always has plenty of help.
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Post by IsnipeWithAknife » Fri Nov 14, 2003 6:36 pm

i think it's cool to help out the pit cuz they do need help but they still need some way of getting PE credits they deserve since they dont do basics or march. so what if the show is only 10 minutes of physical activity. A rehersal is at least an hour or more and in my opinion already way more physical activity than pulling pit equipment. If they made pit run laps i would still help them out even if i ran with them
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Re: Live with your choices!

Post by playclean1 » Sat Nov 15, 2003 10:56 am

Ace wrote:
Teever wrote:
Otherwise, quit whinning or play the flute!
For your information Mr. Teever, I do play flute but there is more to a flute than its weight :evil:

Steve , I would have used OBOE,,, you know better then to get flute players started..... :roll:

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Post by BabySloth » Sat Nov 15, 2003 11:57 am

I love being in the pit, but the main thing that bugs me is when people think that we never do *anything*.
Excuse me?
Have those people ever tried to do 16th note runs up and down a marimba for half a field show? I mean, we might not march, but that doesn't mean that our contributions to the field show are any less important. Believe me, try doing a field show without the pit and see what happens to your drumline score.

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That's what i'm talking about!

Post by Ace » Sat Nov 15, 2003 12:03 pm

BabySloth wrote:I love being in the pit, but the main thing that bugs me is when people think that we never do *anything*.
Excuse me?
Have those people ever tried to do 16th note runs up and down a marimba for half a field show? I mean, we might not march, but that doesn't mean that our contributions to the field show are any less important. Believe me, try doing a field show without the pit and see what happens to your drumline score.

*steps off of her soapbox*

Okay. I'm done.
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Post by BabySloth » Sat Nov 15, 2003 12:11 pm

Welcome! :D
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Post by IsnipeWithAknife » Sat Nov 15, 2003 1:23 pm

BabySloth wrote:I love being in the pit, but the main thing that bugs me is when people think that we never do *anything*.
Excuse me?
Have those people ever tried to do 16th note runs up and down a marimba for half a field show? I mean, we might not march, but that doesn't mean that our contributions to the field show are any less important. Believe me, try doing a field show without the pit and see what happens to your drumline score.

*steps off of her soapbox*

Okay. I'm done.
not drumline score - percussin score.
i do not hate pit people and i bet playing those instruments is hard but we play instruments too AND march it's just we do extra work IMO

since i'm gonna be back at 11PM and dont want this to turn into a flame war from misunderstanding
PIT IS essential so dont get me wrong on that AND they do work hard. i just think they need to do equal physical activity as we do. i have pushed around those stuff so i kinda do know.
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Post by Teever » Sat Nov 15, 2003 11:13 pm

(this, despite Al's warning)

Well Ace, if you really were a flute PLAYER, then you'd be doing that, right?

I know, I know, there weren't enough musicians in the drum line, so they recruited you, right? You see, your situation is the part of the end result of a larger problem, and that is that your feeder system (whether it's your jr. high or just your spring program) isn't training percussionists; just drummers. As a result, not only are there not many people in your organization with respect for the (very expensive) instruments you play, but they must keep recruiting from other sections with many members, who might help the band throughout the year much more by playing, say, tuba, or baritone, or french horn.

You are no doubt a huge asset to the percussion program at your school - your enthusiasm here is evidence of that. Now, it is your duty to help your feeder system out and get down to the jr. high and start helping them train some mallet players and more well-rounded percussionists! You may even see the fruit of your labor before you graduate.

Forgive me if I'm way off here in your case, but I've got a hunch that there are even more reading this thread who need to go and do the same thing.

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I am a pit victim too...

Post by rockinfernie » Sun Nov 16, 2003 1:23 pm

:cry: being in pit sucks some times cause yeah, having to carry all the equipment is so lame....
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Post by GongGoddess » Mon Nov 17, 2003 1:17 am

lol thank god I march street drumline. although it does hurt my back and marching with bells a smock and the colorgaurd uni is not too fun. But i love drill and visuals and doing the whole play pit and march thing lol. I like winter perc but i hate setting up. our gaurd has to help us and it takes them the entire season to figure out where stuff has to go, but i love them because they try and they do there best and i appreciate everyone that helps us out and we usually help them out too (backdrops etc) anywho i feel luck now!
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Re: choose wisely

Post by Ace » Tue Nov 18, 2003 10:18 pm

Teever wrote:(this, despite Al's warning)

Well Ace, if you really were a flute PLAYER, then you'd be doing that, right?

I know, I know, there weren't enough musicians in the drum line, so they recruited you, right? You see, your situation is the part of the end result of a larger problem, and that is that your feeder system (whether it's your jr. high or just your spring program) isn't training percussionists; just drummers. As a result, not only are there not many people in your organization with respect for the (very expensive) instruments you play, but they must keep recruiting from other sections with many members, who might help the band throughout the year much more by playing, say, tuba, or baritone, or french horn.

You are no doubt a huge asset to the percussion program at your school - your enthusiasm here is evidence of that. Now, it is your duty to help your feeder system out and get down to the jr. high and start helping them train some mallet players and more well-rounded percussionists! You may even see the fruit of your labor before you graduate.

Forgive me if I'm way off here in your case, but I've got a hunch that there are even more reading this thread who need to go and do the same thing.
I'm telling you Teever, you chose the wrong Flute player to mess with. I play percussion because I WANT TO!!! :!: I didn't get recruited or anything of that sort. I play flute for the orchestra at my school and sometimes with my brother's Jazz band. I also play flute for parades with the marching band. I enjoy the keyboards and cymbals and toys, all I'm saying is that JUST BECAUSE WE, THE PIT, DON'T MARCH DOES NOT MEAN WE SHOULD BE MADE INFERIOR TO THE BAND :!: :!: :!: No need to apoligize though, cuz you didn't know the whole story.
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stirke?

Post by Khan » Wed Nov 19, 2003 7:07 pm

What's a stirke???

Let's get this straight: the pit makes or breaks any field show. Being front and center means that a lousy pit will overshadow a great performance by the marchers and ruin a show. An excellent one will make a mediocre band sound far better and a stellar band shine even brighter.

Anyone who discounts their pit is a fool. (And yes, all that equipment is awkward & heavy, so give 'em a break and help them haul it around!)

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