Normally, marching band is great. But Thursday sucked:
1) The game: It was Ledyard (us) against unbeaten New London, #3 in the state. Channel 8 was covering the game - if you live in CT, watch Saturday night at 8. Therefore, we were extra stressed and had to play 4th quarter, rather than getting off after halftime.
2) The temperature: 30 degrees Fahrenheit(-2 Celsius). And marching band uniforms restrict jackets and hats and it's impossible to play with thick gloves. I could not feel my finger by halftime. During third quarter, my valve oil flash-froze in the cold. It took an hour after the game before I could feel my toes and walk normally again.
3) Put a 200-watt speaker 2 feet behind the band. Turn it up really loud. Nuff said.
4) Announce the outgoing marching band seniors - at the wrong time. Doh.
Ledyard won, 27-6. This means they've got a guaranteed playoff spot. Go Colonels!
RIP Chuck Berry
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