The YouTube videos makes us cringe. An unnamed Sousaphonist back stepping beyond the rear hash mark slips and falls, beginning a catastrophic wreck in the middle of the marching band’s form.
Sousaphonist after sousaphonist collapse into the growing pile with horrific clangs of brass and an outpouring of expletives firing from the falling musicians. In the distance, spectators observing the grotesque scene offer a collective gasp.
The drum major must halt the music and restart the band. The embarrassed sousaphonist whose misstep initiated the chain reaction will never play the horn again. [Read more…]