Now to an untrained eye, it looks like they are just changing every which way, but there is actually a specific place each one has to be at a
Today this is presented to the students with technology. A band leader can work it all out on his computer before presenting it to the students.
When I was in the marching band, we didn't have computers. My band teacher decided to show us how to do a special formation where we were all pivoting at different times and locations. What to do? No computer. He used checkers. He laid them out on a poster board on the floor--one for each student in the band. Then he climbed a six foot ladder and took a picture of it. Then he climbed down from the ladder and moved the first row that was supposed to pivot on the 50 yard line. Then he climbed the ladder and took a picture. Now he climbed back down, moved first and second row, climbed the ladder, took a picture and then started over again. He continued to do this for the show that took probably five minutes.
This was not a small man. His weight and the location of it made him look much like the Pillsbury Dough Boy. He must have climbed that ladder hundreds of times before he had the entire routine on film. After he finished filming, he created a slide show and on Monday the band watched the new routine we would perform at contest on the board--one checker at a time.
The only thing I can say is--Memories Are Made of This.