Mean Scenester wrote:Flip comments aside, good riddance. The UW Band may have been a spectacle, but they've never been particularly musical. I think the goal has always been to ensure the band's volume is on a par with the size of Leckrone's ego.
Speaking of musicality: One of the local morning news shows had a featurette on the UW band a couple of weeks ago. A small cros section of the band (maybe 20 kids) performed one of their signature pieces in front of the camera - marching in place. As the camera (which must have had the microphone attached to the front of it) panned across the band I was horrified at just how bad they sounded individually! As the camera panned, you could hear each individual band member that the microphone was in front of. It sounded like some of them were missing every other note! It was pretty disgusting. But I suppose their view is that if they have enough members and play loud enough, they're bound to hit some correct notes between them.
I spent years marching drum corps when I was younger and I am quite aware of how good marching percussion and horns can be... and there are many very good college marching bands out there as well - though the UW is not one of them. If it were not for their ridiculous marching style and volume, no one would even notice them.
Oh yeah, nice freakin' astroturf practice field... good thing it was donated. I'd have flipped my lid if I found out my tax dollars went to pay for that.
Apologies for the rant.