Comments: 1370 • Responses: 108 • Date: 2019-11-28 17:18:55 UTCsource
WinterText1413 karma2019-11-28 17:25:43 UTC
was all the preparation worth it? I mean, was it fun?
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caseyr262256 karma2019-11-28 17:27:10 UTC
Oh it was amazing. There were people all lined up cheering you on taking photos videos little kids in apartments I couldn’t stop smiling kinda restored some faith in humanity at how nice these random people were
dinosaur_socks68 karma2019-11-28 20:48:13 UTC
I was one of those people lined up cheering you on!!
caseyr2647 karma2019-11-28 22:00:30 UTC
countershel774 karma2019-11-28 17:47:25 UTC
Blue Springs Missouri?
How did you all raise money to attend?
caseyr261035 karma2019-11-28 17:58:36 UTC
Macy’s partially covered as they invited us we also had the school district help and we each had to pay 2500~ USD
ScrappleSandwiches151 karma2019-11-28 18:04:00 UTC
What? Why was it so expensive? I could plan a couple of days in NYC for myself for less than half of that. Was your hotel $500 a night or something? And your airfare $1000?
caseyr26257 karma2019-11-28 18:08:44 UTC
Were staying for 5 days
imLucki43 karma2019-11-28 19:09:11 UTC
Meals included I fucking hope
caseyr26108 karma2019-11-28 19:10:37 UTC
2 meals a day they let you explore around Times Square little Italy etc for lunch
LassieMcToodles20 karma2019-11-28 19:32:43 UTC
Did any of your families come along too? Like separately but you're meeting up?
caseyr2649 karma2019-11-28 19:34:04 UTC
No my family didn’t come it was simply to expensive
LassieMcToodles28 karma2019-11-28 19:39:29 UTC
Ah! They must miss you today but at the same time I'm sure it was really fun watching for you on tv!
Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy NYC!!!
caseyr2633 karma2019-11-28 19:41:10 UTC
They do and so do I. Thank you mate
Lumber-Jacked70 karma2019-11-28 19:18:49 UTC
My wife was in the blue springs color guard back in the day and always says the Blue Springs band is one of the best marching bands out there. I think they went to Obamas inauguration when she was there. Or some other major event.
caseyr26115 karma2019-11-28 19:21:35 UTC
Yes we did inaugurate Obama this is our third Macy’s day parade we’ve also beaten broken arrow in grand nats a feat that few other band accomplish and we’ve marched in the tournament of roses parade
Decepticle_Ronnie20 karma2019-11-28 18:24:19 UTC
Say what now? I've travelled from Europe to NYC many times and stayed for more than a week each time in midtown and have never paid that much.
caseyr2652 karma2019-11-28 18:26:57 UTC
Broadway show, luxury meals etc. Drives it up
dahliasteiner623 karma2019-11-28 17:23:47 UTC
Did they give you a plan of action if you had to use the bathroom?
caseyr26692 karma2019-11-28 17:24:58 UTC
Nope. There was no where to go piss on the route if you wanted to go to the bathroom you just had to do it in your pants or wait
TheLicc350 karma2019-11-28 18:07:30 UTC
Did you bring enough money to get your fill of New York pizza for a while?
caseyr26685 karma2019-11-28 18:15:29 UTC
Man I’ve had so much Italian I’m seeing goombas
TheLicc125 karma2019-11-28 18:16:43 UTC
Hahahah nice. When I visited NYC for a band trip a while back, I spent something like $80 on just pizza. What instrument are you on?
caseyr26184 karma2019-11-28 18:22:04 UTC
Percussion though I marched the sign because front ensemble doesn’t march
TheLicc61 karma2019-11-28 19:06:36 UTC
Ah yup I know that feel. I did pit for drum corps so I always ended up doing the banner for parades as well.
caseyr2636 karma2019-11-28 19:07:26 UTC
TheLicc31 karma2019-11-28 19:08:25 UTC
I marched vibes for Gold back in 2014. They're based in SoCal
caseyr2630 karma2019-11-28 19:10:01 UTC
Neat! Vibes are the best imo we can actually play chords and have them ring
TheLicc14 karma2019-11-28 19:12:59 UTC
Oh yeah they're definitely my favorite instrument to play for the same reasons. Unfortunately, in the pro percussion world there's more money with drumset gigs, so that's what I play more these days. I'm getting my own set of vibes for Xmas tho so hopefully I'll be playing them more often
caseyr266 karma2019-11-28 19:14:28 UTC
Might I recommend the YV-2700
InfinityX100018 karma2019-11-28 18:59:19 UTC
I like this kid
caseyr2621 karma2019-11-28 19:02:36 UTC
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caseyr261 karma2019-11-28 18:34:10 UTC
Not a fan of that musical must be said
Mjb06333 karma2019-11-28 17:51:34 UTC
How many steps did you take?
caseyr26463 karma2019-11-28 17:53:34 UTC
kerm64254 karma2019-11-28 19:29:54 UTC
Less than I expected, but more than I'm willing to take today
caseyr26186 karma2019-11-28 19:31:37 UTC
I don’t know if I did my math right 2.5 miles is 4400 yards times (8/5 8 to 5 step sizes) is 7040
award07242 karma2019-11-28 17:39:00 UTC
Was it cold?
caseyr26366 karma2019-11-28 17:39:39 UTC
Once you started marching not really if you’ve ever played hockey it was like that. But waiting was really cold
Youareyou64223 karma2019-11-28 18:01:41 UTC
Do you get any water during the parade? Also, when you're done do you get to watch the rest of the parade, or do you have to do something else?
caseyr26307 karma2019-11-28 18:08:08 UTC
No we get no water. We took a photo in front of the national post office and left because we are so fucking tired (we woke up at 2:00)
1EspressoSip127 karma2019-11-28 18:42:34 UTC
What needed to be done so early? Or is it to get in line and wait?
caseyr26231 karma2019-11-28 18:46:49 UTC
NBC needs to get camera angles and closing down streets in NYC is hell during the day so it’s easiest at night
Jorgisimo62165 karma2019-11-28 18:08:29 UTC
I was just there for the first time ever! You did great! Also how does it work? Do you volunteer or do you need to be part of an organization that applies?
caseyr26159 karma2019-11-28 18:16:11 UTC
Macy’s hand selects the bands that go and Golden Regiment happened to be one of them
BuzzOnBuzzOff148 karma2019-11-28 18:06:26 UTC
Is that you I saw?
caseyr26154 karma2019-11-28 18:15:07 UTC
yosefzeev118 karma2019-11-28 17:50:17 UTC
What kind of direction to they give you for marching in the parade? Are there people at certain spots telling you to wait or go depending on what's happening further up?
caseyr26140 karma2019-11-28 17:57:43 UTC
We had 2 Macy’s people with us telling us what to do and we had the police telling us to move faster and where to go. We also had all our staff memebers with us
Jackens12106 karma2019-11-28 18:24:10 UTC
How is your band so amazing? Like seriously, getting anywhere near BA at a competition as a 3a school blows my mind
caseyr26156 karma2019-11-28 18:26:02 UTC
We beat broken arrow last year. If I told you how we were so good I’d have to kill you
sonny_boombatz60 karma2019-11-28 19:19:37 UTC
Win win for me. Tell your secrets
caseyr26170 karma2019-11-28 19:22:21 UTC
sonny_boombatz51 karma2019-11-28 20:07:05 UTC
Texas sized 10-4. Thank you for this information. How are you going to kill me
caseyr2677 karma2019-11-28 20:10:49 UTC
I think waterboarding whilst drawing and quartering but first you need to give you balls a tug tit fucker!
KarateKid1984104 karma2019-11-28 17:51:15 UTC
How strict are they on marching? Can you skip or leisurely stroll? Is power-walking frowned upon?
caseyr26201 karma2019-11-28 17:56:27 UTC
We had to march 8/5 steps all the way 7040 to be exact
KarateKid198477 karma2019-11-28 17:59:25 UTC
Next year be the rebel you were born to be. To hell with marching....moonwalk the whole route.
caseyr26168 karma2019-11-28 18:13:50 UTC
*Calendar: 2020 November 28th
1. Moonwalk the parade
2. Get crucified by the band director
derricklh8839 karma2019-11-28 19:43:40 UTC
Dr. A would have your head.
caseyr2635 karma2019-11-28 19:47:01 UTC
Hey a fellow golden Regiment member when did you march?
EaterOfFood28 karma2019-11-28 19:21:03 UTC
That's not so bad. When I was in high school we had to march in the Fiesta Bowl parade. It was nearly 5 miles long. My trumpet weighed about 3 tons by the end; everyone felt bad for the low brass and percussion.
caseyr2631 karma2019-11-28 19:22:46 UTC
F thread for contras
xKenpachiPRx87 karma2019-11-28 17:42:13 UTC
What was your favorite float?
caseyr26156 karma2019-11-28 17:42:28 UTC
The Lego one.
Sk1tzo42084 karma2019-11-28 18:00:14 UTC
How much preperation goes into it that you were able to see? Like, is there someone always giving countdowns and producers running around all crazy like?
caseyr26122 karma2019-11-28 18:02:31 UTC
The rehearsal was pretty standard for marching band that being they put a lot of faith in you to just do your job. In other words they don’t micro manage like that
fidelkastro26 karma2019-11-28 18:26:15 UTC
What instrument do you play? How many numbers did you rehearse?
caseyr2673 karma2019-11-28 18:29:11 UTC
Our street show was about a minute long I think we totalled 270 hours of rehearsal this season and I play in the pit
missweach83 karma2019-11-28 18:14:44 UTC
Did you enjoy yourself? My step mom is a parade coordinator.
caseyr26115 karma2019-11-28 18:20:09 UTC
It was one of the greatest things I’ve ever done
Chocobo-kisses67 karma2019-11-28 18:26:58 UTC
Hey OP! I watched the parade this morning while dealing with an upper respiratory infection. It's a family tradition, so this is my way of bringing it home for the holidays Your school did great! The marching bands are one of my favorite things to see! What is one thing you would change about the parade if you were an organizer?
caseyr2696 karma2019-11-28 18:32:24 UTC
Sorry to hear that! Allow more time for marching bands and less for crappy little pop floats. If you watch marching band shows that is a whole lot more entertaining that a pop song that comes on the radio that’s lip synced. If you’d like I can pm you our show from this year and last year
Chocobo-kisses19 karma2019-11-28 18:34:15 UTC
It's okay. We delayed our Friendsgiving until Saturday morning. Did any of your family come out to support? And also yes please, to your marching videos! Congrats again! :)
caseyr2627 karma2019-11-28 18:35:06 UTC
No it was simply to expensive for them it cost 2500~ alone for me to go
Chocobo-kisses10 karma2019-11-28 18:36:10 UTC
Jesus. That's wildly expensive. At least it's a memorable trip that you'll have to remember for a long time! Something you can show your family someday.
caseyr2613 karma2019-11-28 18:55:37 UTC
Yep it is but it’s worth it
Unique_User_name_4266 karma2019-11-28 17:20:11 UTC
How nervous were you?
caseyr26169 karma2019-11-28 17:21:18 UTC
Not super nervous up until I went into the cbs broadcast area (the green area with the Macy’s star) because the float ahead of us was so loud we couldn’t hear the count off
StevenSanders9021062 karma2019-11-28 18:03:18 UTC
What time did you wake up this morning?
caseyr2693 karma2019-11-28 18:06:14 UTC
submittedanonymously23 karma2019-11-28 20:50:51 UTC
That rehearsal time sucks.
caseyr2622 karma2019-11-28 22:03:02 UTC
Yes yes it does
Jayremy71251 karma2019-11-28 17:44:19 UTC
Why did you do it?
caseyr26222 karma2019-11-28 17:45:09 UTC
Because I got to see Wicked in the process
R3PO_50 karma2019-11-28 18:38:45 UTC
Are your uniforms custom every year - or do you march that bright pink palette every year?
I loved your uniforms so much! I sent pics to all my band nerd friends. Y’all won best dressed marching band, imo. Nice job.
caseyr2676 karma2019-11-28 18:43:04 UTC
Our designer just trips acid and says I want that. But in all seriousness we used to march cavaliers esque uniforms now I see most of our uniforms being custom
CosmoKramer2847 karma2019-11-28 18:08:44 UTC
How big is your marching band?
caseyr26103 karma2019-11-28 18:16:46 UTC
250-300 and that is not all the people who try out that’s just those that get accepted
smithem19243 karma2019-11-28 18:44:22 UTC
Did you have Pokemon go going? Hatch the eggs?
caseyr2626 karma2019-11-28 18:48:40 UTC
Nope and nope
submittedanonymously43 karma2019-11-28 20:49:54 UTC
Hey bud, I marched in it in 2005 with Blue Springs. I saw the uniform change and damn, Dr. A’s truly going full Willy Wonka now, ain’t he?
I’ll give you a fun after-parade story from 2005. We got back to the hotel and were given a 6 hour nap time. My room didn’t want to, and we were right next door to Dr. A. So we built a small blanket and pillow fort to pass the time. Dr. A knocked on the door and came in to see it. He grabbed a pen and the notepad and wrote “No Girls Allowed.” And left.
Funniest diss ever.
Congratulations on your performance, I’m glad to see the band doing so well still.
If Mrs Evans is there, tell her hi!
caseyr2619 karma2019-11-28 22:02:49 UTC
She says Hi.
Why yes it is now common to whisper under our breath ‘damn you imitation gene wilder’ every time he says one more time and lies or some thing like that. Hofmoi!
bibdrums31 karma2019-11-28 18:00:44 UTC
I was there, did you see me?
caseyr2642 karma2019-11-28 18:11:49 UTC
Maybe, I saw a lot of people.
notelizabeth31 karma2019-11-28 18:03:38 UTC
Do they let horses march in that parade? If so how many horse turds did you step in with your nice dinkles?
caseyr2665 karma2019-11-28 18:05:40 UTC
Yes. All the horse shit was like horse sand by the time I got to it
notelizabeth12 karma2019-11-28 18:12:24 UTC
Haha okay real question: what's your favorite piece of classical music y'all are playing this year? Any real bangers crop up in the marching band game since 10 years ago?
caseyr2626 karma2019-11-28 18:19:36 UTC
laughs in jazz
We aren’t playing any classical this year we played blue rondo al a Turk, land of male believe in our competitive show and played soak up the sun for our street marching
DawgInMD12 karma2019-11-28 18:18:20 UTC
Was the sand all coarse, and rough, and irritating? Did it get everywhere?
caseyr2635 karma2019-11-28 18:23:23 UTC
Fucking like equine Tatooine
megustakush31 karma2019-11-28 18:36:13 UTC
Why are you the way you are?
caseyr2648 karma2019-11-28 18:38:52 UTC
Because of a man named Clif Walker and The Madison Scouts
MenShouldntHaveCats26 karma2019-11-28 17:58:21 UTC
What do they tell you to do in case one of the balloons gets swooped up by the wind?
caseyr2651 karma2019-11-28 17:59:34 UTC
We didn’t have a balloon so they told us nothing personally I think we should just surf
blackiechan9925 karma2019-11-28 19:06:42 UTC
blue springs, missouri right? you guys kick ass - i remember watching you guys at Grand Nats back when I did HS band
caseyr2615 karma2019-11-28 19:08:03 UTC
Yeah Missouri when did you march and if you want I can PM you the show.
ILikeYourPoetry24 karma2019-11-28 18:39:42 UTC
How do you get Santa Claus to participate each year? It’s a huge get.
caseyr2642 karma2019-11-28 18:44:30 UTC
I think Macy’s is paying the elves union for him
a_suggested_name24 karma2019-11-28 19:31:30 UTC
Oh shoot I’m doing that next year! I’m in the Centerville Jazz Band and I don’t know much about Blue Springs but I know a lot of other people really like Blue Springs. Didn’t you make finals at super regionals this year?
caseyr2618 karma2019-11-28 19:33:45 UTC
Yes twice once in St. Louis and once at indy we placed 2nd and 3rd respectively
SistahFuriosa23 karma2019-11-28 18:54:55 UTC
Is Santa Claus real?
caseyr2651 karma2019-11-28 18:55:13 UTC
Yes he is and he’s a wonderful person
djmandude51722 karma2019-11-28 18:27:13 UTC
What did you do in the parade?
caseyr2650 karma2019-11-28 18:32:36 UTC
I held a letter
CheezWaffies20 karma2019-11-28 19:43:20 UTC
When they have to pause the parade for a big song and dance number for TV, what does everyone do if they are behind that?
caseyr2629 karma2019-11-28 19:47:46 UTC
Wait silently. There’s a dead zone around 6~ blocks behind the staging area
Kneel_Legstrong19 karma2019-11-28 18:17:19 UTC
Would you watch it on TV if you weren't in it?
caseyr2635 karma2019-11-28 18:22:31 UTC
I mean we’d have it on but i don’t watch it a lot
Bird_is_gone18 karma2019-11-28 18:03:26 UTC
How did you get picked to march in the parade?
caseyr2648 karma2019-11-28 18:03:55 UTC
That’s above my pay grad sorry. All I know is that Macy’s invited us
yatub2162 karma2019-11-28 18:10:24 UTC
Hijacking your answer to say that the school applies to go to Macy’s, and then the parade organizers send out invitations from that list
Source: My HS marched in Macy’s last year, I was still there when the selection process was happening
caseyr2630 karma2019-11-28 18:17:25 UTC
Oh thanks mate! TIL
acadiatree17 karma2019-11-28 19:31:00 UTC
Oh, I was at a party in an apartment on the parade route and saw your group go by! QUESTION: We could tell there must have been someone super super famous on a floor above us because all the marchers would look up and start screaming and getting really really excited. It was at 72nd street, not that that probably means anything to you. Any idea who it was?
caseyr2612 karma2019-11-28 19:32:56 UTC
No idea 72nd street is still on center park west right? So still nice housing?
jeremysbrain12 karma2019-11-28 18:51:26 UTC
Do the celebrities ride on their float the entire route or do they jump on their float right before it arrives at Macy's?
caseyr2664 karma2019-11-28 18:52:25 UTC
Entire route although while waiting I won Rock Paper Scissors against miss America
Spacechordz11 karma2019-11-28 18:24:38 UTC
What happened to the Caviler style uniforms you used to wear?
caseyr2617 karma2019-11-28 18:27:52 UTC
Lindsey Vento is what happened. Personally I prefer old Madison Scouts uniforms tbh
armageddon_20xx10 karma2019-11-28 18:01:19 UTC
Was the wind a factor at all?
caseyr2615 karma2019-11-28 18:09:24 UTC
Not for us because we didn’t have Ballons and shit
Nevaehym9 karma2019-11-28 18:49:13 UTC
Do you just play the same thing throughout the whole 2.5 miles over and over?
caseyr2615 karma2019-11-28 18:50:31 UTC
Yeah there was a little staging area where NBC broadcasts where we played a 1 minute street show otherwise we just played the cadence and soak up the sun
CIeMs0n9 karma2019-11-28 21:13:23 UTC
Shit, you got a participation booklet? Back in 2004, all we got was a commercial that cut off our performance.
caseyr269 karma2019-11-28 22:06:59 UTC
We got a pin
sshadow229 karma2019-11-28 19:11:30 UTC
How true to reality are the cheers and applauses to each performance in front of Macy’s?
caseyr269 karma2019-11-28 19:13:52 UTC
It’s more of marching in the street than in front of the Macy’s store to be frankly honest the nbc show was just icing on the cake
edwardversaii6 karma2019-11-28 18:46:13 UTC
So does your band just show up and get in line? Do the different groups mingle at all?
caseyr2618 karma2019-11-28 18:49:12 UTC
We mingled with MLK marching band and I won Rock Paper Scissors against miss America
BioformJane5 karma2019-11-28 19:16:23 UTC
How do you feel about your uniforms? Those capes are awesome but I assume not everyone is a fan of hot pink.
caseyr268 karma2019-11-28 19:18:09 UTC
I love our uniforms the running joke is that our show designer just trips acid and she the designs our shows
es_price2 karma2019-11-28 19:13:40 UTC
How disappointed were you when you realized that Guy Fieri's restaurant had closed?
caseyr262 karma2019-11-28 19:14:41 UTC
I was devastated
Ilive4airtime2 karma2019-11-28 18:58:32 UTC
Hey I just wanna say that your schools colors were so cool. How did you get invited?
caseyr263 karma2019-11-28 19:01:25 UTC
Thanks! Our band applied and Macy’s invited us
Joliet_Jake_Blues2 karma2019-11-28 18:14:08 UTC
caseyr269 karma2019-11-28 18:14:48 UTC
Because I got to stay in New York for 5 days and see Wicked. It was a big vacation
Ice-Koob2 karma2019-11-28 19:09:40 UTC
how is da lucas oil stadium? my school is going to grand nats for the first time next year :D
caseyr262 karma2019-11-28 19:11:19 UTC
Lucas oil is gigantic I recommend when you get on the field don’t do anything and just look around and take it all in for a moment. See you there!
DesertJane2 karma2019-11-28 19:33:36 UTC
How does it feel to have completed the experience that you'll spend the rest of your life talking about to everyone else's annoyance and chagrin?
caseyr262 karma2019-11-28 19:35:53 UTC
When you say it like that I feel like I live on the upper east side
megustakush2 karma2019-11-28 18:36:41 UTC
Why do you feel like this is a fun thing?
caseyr264 karma2019-11-28 18:39:13 UTC
Because band kids are crazy
blue-leeder2 karma2019-11-28 18:16:25 UTC
Do they hate on you and be jealous ness of your March ness?
caseyr263 karma2019-11-28 18:20:49 UTC
Who is they?
blue-leeder4 karma2019-11-28 18:24:48 UTC
Don’t ask me things only you can know
caseyr262 karma2019-11-28 18:28:22 UTC
Sigmar_Heldenhammer2 karma2019-11-28 19:00:47 UTC
Did you drink plenty of water?
caseyr265 karma2019-11-28 19:05:31 UTC
Hydrate or die-drate
californiaisbankrupt2 karma2019-11-28 18:16:27 UTC
What was the process like to be able to be in the parade? I always wondered how the marching bands were selected!
caseyr263 karma2019-11-28 18:21:25 UTC
Banda apply and Macy’s selects from that list
neuromorph2 karma2019-11-28 19:07:36 UTC
Oh shit that was today?
caseyr263 karma2019-11-28 19:09:00 UTC
Better than sex
It’s exhilarating while it’s happening and once your done you go ‘oh fuck’ and fall asleep
Spiderbite4151 karma2019-11-28 18:46:36 UTC
Was it fun?
caseyr262 karma2019-11-28 18:49:25 UTC
Greatest thing I’ve done in my life
HouseStark11 karma2019-11-28 18:12:25 UTC
Did you have fun? Happy Thanksgiving!
caseyr263 karma2019-11-28 18:19:55 UTC
I-love-huskies1 karma2019-11-28 18:01:57 UTC
Do you believe that the balloons should have been up or no?
caseyr266 karma2019-11-28 18:07:19 UTC
I don’t think they should’ve been I saw how hard they struggled. Also we would’ve gotten more airtime if they were down
jsonitsac1 karma2019-11-28 18:50:32 UTC
On TV we only really get to see the part in front of the store. Are there other performance areas? If so how many?
caseyr261 karma2019-11-28 18:50:52 UTC
No but we do play while marching
Bdubs7470 karma2019-11-28 18:19:06 UTC
caseyr264 karma2019-11-28 18:23:47 UTC
Because it was a vacation in New York for 5 days
Bdubs747-3 karma2019-11-28 18:26:22 UTC
Idk if it’s cause I’m from up there or cause I think parades are dumb but why would you want to spend a day walking around with a giant balloon in high winds? So much better things to do.
caseyr263 karma2019-11-28 18:30:01 UTC
I walked around with a marching band... also there are literally millions of people cheering for you
51B0RG-4 karma2019-11-28 17:54:03 UTC
caseyr2611 karma2019-11-28 17:55:25 UTC
The parade themed around the American holiday commonly known as thanksgiving that is sponsored by the Macy’s department store
necro_sodomi-19 karma2019-11-28 18:02:22 UTC
You marched in a parade, ok. Thank you. Aren't you with your family after the parade?
caseyr266 karma2019-11-28 18:06:41 UTC
No my family is all the way back in blue springs
isurvivedrabies-21 karma2019-11-28 17:53:18 UTC
is it as boring and uninteresting as it is on tv?
caseyr2615 karma2019-11-28 17:55:52 UTC
No it was one of the greatest things I’ve ever done
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