Sorry - I guess I don't appreciate the differences between what you guys do and what 'lesser' bands do in their performances. If it sounds great and the moves are pleasing to the eye, then I am entertained. I don't really care if the steps are integrated in some fancy fashion just as long as it is fun.
Growing up, the band used to have a great traveling drumline that would play in the second half for each corner of the stadium. Those rocked. Bring that back and take away the traveling band that disrupts the sightlines.
Also, does the band still do the 'Ooh, we hate the -----' (fill in the blank for the visiting team's name). I always thought it was low-rent when they would say 'Ooh we hate the Rockets' before playing Toledo or something. Why such hate? You're in the band. You are an offical representative of the university. You don't see the cheer squad formally hating on our opponent. You don't see any other organized representitive of Iowa State banding together to start such chants. Little stuff like this keeps the band in the good but not great category in my mind.
Lets have a little respect for...
A. The band.
B. Other members.
I did hear "For I for S" at least once, I think even two or three times. Thats what I want to hear. If people started learning the words and actually singing so I'm not the only one in the stadium singing along, that would be awesome!
Band - You rock!
I'm am unaware of the drumline traveling to the corners instead of the traveling band. I am actually one of the few band members who has never been apart of the traveling band as I would rather get back to watching the game. Curious though does the traveling band really bother people that much? I never really thought of it as being disruptive before you mentioned it but I can definitely see how it could be distracting.
Nothing like band folks with their panties in a bunch!
I love the fire and enthusiasm coming from the band members. Maybe we should put you guys out on the field and let the players attempt to play the fight song. By no means were you "out played/defeated" by the UNI band. When your football team is putting up a less than stellar performance, I am amazed you guys/gals can even be enthused enough to play anything.
Do you think you all could fire up the players? Seriously, you guys/gals do a great service to the game day experience that goes under appreciated. Your enthusiasm and dediction/devotion to Iowa State is greatly appreciated.
I'll give you they finish with the same song and the same "general" formation each time, which happens to be either the block T or block ATM and the fight song, but that is what is great about it. As another poster said, that is tradition. If we're trying to build tradition in our program (and if that includes that band), having the band always playing different music at halftime isn't going to make that happen.
This thread is just going to go around in circles because when it comes to band it is all based on opinions which are like @$$#O!3$ everyone has one and is completely different.
Some people like tradition some people like it to be mixed up. Both bands are great bands and both are unique in their own ways. When it comes to tradition A&M has their box style formations and military music. Iowa State's tradition is to do something completely different each time and try and create pictures. It's all about who likes what so there is no point in arguing about it.
For Iowa State fans we are used to seeing a variety of shows that most people can relate to at least one show per season. Students to Family Guy and Simpsons, people with musical interests Mr. Roboto, kids with Lion King, and then on to older folk and young folk who like music like what will be played this weekend a Queen show.
For A&M they get their rocks off on hearing the music they are used to which is USUALLY military style and box formations.
Again no reason to argue over opinions cause there is no winner in a game like that.