The Battle for the Beat and Blow Stand


As a freshman, there was one senior in B-Company who was more imposing than the rest. His name was Bill Moore. And he had one of the longest index fingers I have ever seen. He would wave it at the freshmen. Especially those in the Drum and Bugle Corps. The Drum and Bugle Corps was composed of all freshman and sophomore drummers and brass players. The reed suckers were not in it. No woodwinds. Well, Bill Moore was a saxophone player. Aside from yelling for "valve oil" at drill (God help you if you tossed your valve oil to a woodwind upperclassmen [they don't use valve oil, but they would cry for it to try and trick trumpet freshman into tossing their valve oil to them]), the woodwinds saw the "Drum and Bugle Corps" as a rival organization. And the Master Sergeant had a wooden stand from which he would direct the group. Bill Moore was after that stand. And he would ridicule the D&B Corps. And he would do it by waving his finger under our chins and promising, "The Beat and Blow Stand will be mine....". Anonymous notes from Bill Moore would read, "I will have the Honk and Bonk Stand". This is what he would promise. Fish Feuerbacher and I were the guardians of the stand. Then one day, while we were all in the showers, Bill Moore got the master key, and pilfered the stand. He transferred it to the room of fish Gwin and fish Baha (both saxophone freshmen). Then he directed them to hold out. Which they did. We noticed it was missing immediately. We soon found out where it was and there started a very amusing yelling battle. It was all very fun and light until Richard Warner showed up. He was the Drum and Bugle Corps Master Sergeant on CBS (Combined Band Staff). And he ruined it. Started shouting about everyone getting written up, and calling down the wrath of Corps Staff, blah, blah, blah... He killed all the fun by overreacting to what was basically a prank. Enduring image that waving finger....


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