Marching Band in The New York Times

The New York Times had a cool article about band camp yesterday. Marching band! The newspaper of record has discovered that lots of people are into it!

I think it painted a pretty good picture, though the profiled band camp definitely sounds more hardcore than any high school camp I ever attended:

…Ben and his snare drum strode onto the dewy grass of the band’s practice field on the Tallahassee campus. He had been awakened at 5 a.m. and the day’s last rehearsal would not end until 10 p.m. His feet screamed. His shoulders ached. Gnats swarmed around his face, daring him to break rhythm and lose composure.

Five a.m. AND gnats? That’s some serious dedication.

There are some really sweet YouTube videos of the Florida A&M Marching 100, too. What an awesome band!