PRESENTING THE MARCHING BAND by Vincent Scuro

PRESENTING THE MARCHING BAND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Picture yourself standing along a parade route. . .suddenly you find yourself engulfed in the sound of a stirring march. . . . Now visualize yourself sitting in the grandstands for the first big football game of the season. . . ."" If Scuro's invitation somehow sets your toes tapping you might care to flip through the assembled, unspectacular black and white photos of bands and bandsmen. Perhaps there are even some would-be marchers (practicing members won't need this) who will take in the former bandsman's blandly official word on the types of marching bands and the occasions that feature them, their history back to wandering medieval musicians (!), the different instruments and non-playing personnel (director, drum major, twirler), some basic marching positions and formations, and -- in a minute-by-minute rundown -- the details of a show's preparation. But unless you're stirred by the assertion that ""a single half time show has no less precision, perfection or entertainment value"" than a Broadway musical, Scuro won't make you hear music.

Pub Date: Aug. 26th, 1974
Publisher: Dodd, Mead