Saturday, August 4, 2012

Marching Band Tattoo

Marching Bands may be a thing of the past, but there are still a few schools who continue this wonderful tradition of playing the fife, doing various marching diagrams and performing at Tattoos.

Do you realize how difficult it is to play a fife? Let alone play a fife and march along, concentrating on keeping the marching rhythm with one's feet, as well as playing the notes on the fife, and watching the person in front of you, and listening to the Majorette's whistles whilst the drummers play the beat. Nundah state school Fife Marching band has been in existence for more than 40 years, and is stronger today than ever.

The children learn valuable skills such as reading music, playing a musical instrument, co-ordination, discipline, deportment, and performance skills. All this in an outdoor environment much  needed by the computer obsessed generation of today.

Some might think this activity was spawned from the war time era when Marching Bands was a recreational activity, but nevertheless I was a very proud Mum today to see my daughter swing that Mace and lead the band as the Majorette.


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