Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Great Band Shoe Fiasco

This is a marching band shoe.

We usually walk onto football fields (which are OUTSIDE) in these shoes. Our percussion ensemble wears these shoes with their uniform to march across a mat that is painted to match the theme of the show. We bring the mat with us.

Electrical tape and swiss army knife (with scissor attachment).

I might have used these tools to tape things like instrument feet to keep them from scuffing the floor of the gym (which we cover with our mat) because people are finicky about precious gym floors (per athletic directors/control freaks).

Saturday, a different story. Turns out, hard soled shoes could possibly scuff a floor that already has a mat taped on it. We add our mat to said mat before walking on the gym floor that could possibly be scuffed with the shoes. Do you see the ridiculous extremity here?

Solution: electrical tape the bottom of the marching shoes.
ALL of the shoes.
9 pairs of shoes!!!
Lots and lots and lots of tape (we had 2 separate CVS runs in this process).

What does this amount to?
A first place trophy, that's what.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

oh of course, taping shoes while at the same time running errands for Mr. Benfield and the winter gurad.
it was really fun though, and i hope it never happens again, ever.