MARCHING BAND POSITIONS
Any competitive performance team must have alternates/backups in case anyone gets sick, moves away, becomes injured, or becomes ineligible. Unlike a sports team, though, our marching band typically competes with about 80-90% of its members. Students in the marching band may be a primary marcher who will perform the competition show at games and marching contests, or they may be designated as an alternate. Students who are assigned as an alternate have the same attendance, rehearsal, memorization, academic, etc. requirements as students in primary marching spots. Initially, all alternates are on the field in a “shadow” role, so they are continuing to learn and develop their marching and performance skills. As we get closer to competitions, alternates may be on the sideline more often so that the drill may be viewed in its competition form. We may also ask alternates to help function in other aspects of the marching band, such as assisting with equipment, participating in a special visual aspect of the show with a flag or prop, assisting with sound equipment and technical needs, etc. regardless of assigned marching position, ALL students perform throughout every game when we are up in the stands. As a band program, we are committed to providing performance opportunities for all students. However, the level of performance participation may be limited by eligibility and individual performance ability.