Yesterday I posted a video featuring just trumpets. I felt a bit sorry for having ignored tubas, trombones, drums etc. So today I have made up for it.
This video is from the BBC television coverage of the 2011 London New Years Day Parade. It is the parade’s grand finale in which eight high school marching bands and one college band from the United States performed en masse. In all, there were almost 800 musicians from Florida, Kansas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, California and Illinois.
I can only imagine what that many instruments sounded like to the spectators in that small area. The vibrations surely must have rattled the fillings in their teeth, and given eardrums quite a workout!
What a thrill participating in the parade must have been for those kids. For most, I am sure, it was their first time on an airplane and first visit to a foreign country – the Mother Country, no less – – – and to march through the streets of the capital of the English speaking world – Wow!
I envy them. For my next reincarnation I am going to insist that I live in an affluent American suburb with a school system noted for its excellent academics and superb music program. Oh, and also to be endowed with musical talent. I haven’t yet decided my instrument. Drums would be neat. The drums are the heart of a band. After all, without the beat the band can’t do anything. But it might be more fun to play the melody – like on a trumpet or trombone. One thing for sure, it will not be the tuba. It can’t be much fun lugging one of those things on a six mile parade route!