It was day two of band boot camp - a four-day endurance test that will forever bond the 280 students who get picked for the UW Marching Band. It's a sweaty, stressful rite of passage, designed to cull the weak from the herd.Very nice. I've been listening to these guys practice -- and play in the stadium -- through the open windows of my house for more than 20 years.
"Some people will walk off the field in the first 10 minutes," said Chris Hanson, 22, a senior tuba player. "The next day, only about 70 percent of the freshmen come back."...
Anyone with high school band experience can take part in the four-day tryout. Each freshman gets an audition with eckrone and endures five hours of marching drills and two hours of music rehearsals daily.
About half of the 160 freshmen will end up in the band.
August 31, 2006
"This week, he's Satan. He's trying to scare away as many people as he can while also encouraging them. He's hard-core."
That would be UW Marching Band director Mike Leckrone at UW Marching Band boot camp (as described by a young tuba player):