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 Post subject: Hash Marks and other field markings
PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 6:47 am 
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Seeing all the discussion concerning repainting the hash marks at the request of the Cadets brought to mind some of the fields we marched on in the early eighties.
The most vivid that comes to mind was a show that took place on a baseball field...very small bleacher stands..the 50 was directed towards the same bleachers, so even the "prime" seats had the backstop to look thru!
The pitchers mound wasn't removed for the show, so wherever you were in the dill you had to be aware of the small mound as you were marching. In our drum solo, the corps did a follow the leader move that happened to cross the pitcher's mound...I remember seeing all the members ahead of me "grow and shrink" as they passed over the mound.
Anyone else have stories of strange field conditions?

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I remember the first time we marched on a "crowned" field. It was strange to be in OTL position and not be able to see the front sideline!! (I must have been short back then :lol: )

Nothing like a pitcher's mound to contend with, though!! Talk about dangerous. Imagine marching backwards over something like that - you could have a real "train wreck" on your hands!

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Yeah, I remember performing on a Baseball field....the Dream contest in NJ.
Also in Reading we used to practice on a Baseball field.

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I remember marching on a baseball field somewhere in Ohio in both '83 and '85. Could it have been the US Open? Or Key to the Sea? It was a show that had prelims at one stadium and finals at another...
We also performed on a horse track at a state fair somewhere in the midwest. It was not as wide as a football field, so our drill was somewhat "off". It was also dirt instead of grass :shock:

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In the late '60s and '70s, Wisconsin's State Fair sponsored a corps show at the Milwaukee Mile race track. In 1969, the show was on the infield. A football field was lined and surrounded by a snow fence. No seating whatsoever! I can't remember what the field conditions were like, but I can't imagine field conditions on a race track infield was smooth. I stood against the snow fence to watch the powerhouse Kilts, Blue Stars, Des Plaines Vanguard, plus my first ever viewing of the Anaheim Kingsmen, St. Rita's Brassmen and St. Francis Sancians.

Later, officials decided to have the show on the track, to take advantage of the grandstand seating. The field was full length but only half as wide, so all the corps had to change their drills. The '72 show was after DCI's championships. It was a good payday for corps on their way back home.

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Until you have perfromed the Wyoming Rodeo Grounds Tour, you ain't seen nuthin'!

Cody Wyo. In between bucking broncos and calf roping. Not exactly a smooth surface, and that doesn't include the trail apples. :shock:

They did allow us to quickly chalk a 50 yard line though... :roll:

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Jim Anello wrote:
In the late '60s and '70s, Wisconsin's State Fair sponsored a corps show at the Milwaukee Mile race track. In 1969, the show was on the infield. A football field was lined and surrounded by a snow fence. No seating whatsoever! I can't remember what the field conditions were like, but I can't imagine field conditions on a race track infield was smooth. I stood against the snow fence to watch the powerhouse Kilts, Blue Stars, Des Plaines Vanguard, plus my first ever viewing of the Anaheim Kingsmen, St. Rita's Brassmen and St. Francis Sancians.

Later, officials decided to have the show on the track, to take advantage of the grandstand seating. The field was full length but only half as wide, so all the corps had to change their drills. The '72 show was after DCI's championships. It was a good payday for corps on their way back home.


Jim, I remember well that '72 show after DCI. It was truly amazing to see how well the Troopers handled their famous "eggshell".


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