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Unbreakable marching band habits
So, similar to Landry's "performance habits" thread, I figured I should make one about the things we tend to do outside of the marching band and off the field. I'll start.
My band has a strict rule of not turning your head or acknowledging people calling out for your attention as you are in "performance mode"
So at my graduation as we were walking onto to the field in our lines, all of my family and friends were going crazy and calling my name and my natural instinct was to ignore them and continue walking straight ahead, then I saw the rest of seniors from band waving and it hit me that I was unintentionally doing a band related action.
When I first started marching, anytime I was walking somewhere I'd count groups of 8, even for something like going a quarter mile to the library.
It was tedious, if unintentional, and after a long while I'd notice I would wind up out of step.
Of course, there's roll stepping in the cafeteria to ensure food stays perfectly in balance. On a few occasions I've left the cafeteria with a pudding pie on top of two textbooks and I marched it up stairs and down hallways. A few teachers commented on how it looked dangerous.
I have what the band members of my school like to call "Pointy toe syndrome" When you constantly roll your feet when you walk around the school or town or anywhere.
I also still walk in step to any kind of music hear anywhere.
Only one I can think of is when I'm walking on a sidewalk with cracks or a tiled floor, I'll try to measure the step size between cracks. There was one sidewalk at my college I noticed was laid out at a near perfect 8-to5.
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