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New track facility eats Marching Blazers space
I have information concerning our Marching Blazers. The new track will take up the current rehearsal space for the Marching Blazers. At this time, there is not an alternative for the Band. Intramural fields will not be available until classes begin and are six blocks awat from the music building.

While I’m excited for our track team to be on campus, I am rather aggravated that the band has been left without a suitable alternative to be able to have their preseason camp in which much of the work toward their halftime performance is prepared.

Someone has dropped the ball in regards to taking care of a very important student group.
06-17-2018 02:29 PM
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Is the baseball field available?
06-17-2018 02:34 PM
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Sad, just sad.

Sorta expected.
06-17-2018 03:19 PM
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Something will work out. They will find something. I don’t know why this board posters seem to be against track and field. They are UAB athletes as well.
06-17-2018 03:24 PM
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(06-17-2018 03:24 PM)Memphis Blazer Wrote:  Something will work out. They will find something. I don’t know why this board posters seem to be against track and field. They are UAB athletes as well.

I’m definitely not against the track team. But why wasn’t something done to take care of the band before they started construction?
06-17-2018 03:51 PM
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My oldest daughter was in the high school band and they didn't have a field to practice on.
They practiced in the parking lot.
06-17-2018 04:53 PM
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06-17-2018 05:06 PM
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Regions
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Football practice facility
06-17-2018 07:01 PM
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Soccer field
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06-17-2018 07:02 PM
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(06-17-2018 04:53 PM)the_blazerman Wrote:  My oldest daughter was in the high school band and they didn't have a field to practice on.
They practiced in the parking lot.

There should be a difference in the standards of high school and college bands.
06-17-2018 08:21 PM
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I don’t think some of you understands what it take to move a 250 piece band. Sending them off campus is not a viable solution.
06-17-2018 09:10 PM
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What do you mean by off campus? I know Auburn's band facility isn't walking distance from the practice field.
06-17-2018 09:17 PM
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(06-17-2018 03:51 PM)BandGrad Wrote:  
(06-17-2018 03:24 PM)Memphis Blazer Wrote:  Something will work out. They will find something. I don’t know why this board posters seem to be against track and field. They are UAB athletes as well.

I’m definitely not against the track team. But why wasn’t something done to take care of the band before they started construction?

This is something to "take care of the band." Generations of Marching Blazers will pay for the heroic acts (and endless loop of Rock'n'Roll Part Two) of December 2014.

Fire Ray Watts.
06-17-2018 09:45 PM
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I would guess the football practice field(s) aren't in use 24/7 and may be offered as an option.
06-18-2018 06:32 AM
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What about the new intramural fields?
06-18-2018 09:05 AM
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(06-18-2018 06:32 AM)the_blazerman Wrote:  I would guess the football practice field(s) aren't in use 24/7 and may be offered as an option.

To me, the covered practice field would appear a perfect location for marching band practice. Am I missing something?
06-18-2018 10:58 AM
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Nope. It probably would be perfect. The only issues being availability & the offering of it as an option.
06-18-2018 11:09 AM
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I can think of a cherry grove site that would be perfect.
06-18-2018 11:36 AM
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So has anyone actually spoken to the band director about this being an issue?
06-18-2018 12:27 PM
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For those suggesting we use the baseball or softball fields. Do you think their coaches will allow the band to paint field lines on them? That's going to be a no go.

As far as a parking lot, do we have a 80 foot x 50 foot area that can be guaranteed to have no cars at 3-5 30pm. It works in high school because all of the other students leave at 3.

There were issues at times during the soccer season where we couldn't use the band practice facility during the nights of their games. We can't use the quad because it near so many classrooms. The professors complained constantly about drum camp during my tenure (it is during the summer finals) . I can't imagine they'd like us doing that during the entire semester.

This is going to be fun for them.
06-18-2018 08:20 PM
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