Marching bands hold a special place in high school football's weekly presentation. After all, bands traditionally play both to back the team and provide halftime -- and sometimes postgame -- entertainment. In Los Angeles, there's no game bigger than the annual East L.A. Classic between Roosevelt (Calif.) High and Garfield (Calif.) High. While Roosevelt finds itself in hot water for using illegal uniforms, a prominent Garfield band member suffered an ignominious sort of uniform moment of his own when he struggled to perform his traditional baton toss during his school's halftime performance.
The video you see above shows Garfield's drum major trot out in front of his own band and some 22,000 fans to start the Bulldogs halftime show. Unfortunately, he dropped his first catch attempt, a serious embarrassment for the face of a school's band program.
Still, undeterred the drum major lined up again and fired off another majestic toss ... which he promptly dropped as well. While Roosevelt fans were only mildly critical of the first drop, they lit into the band leader after his second drop, sending off a cascade of cheers that rivaled any during the game itself.
Of course, after the two drops the Marching Bulldogs performance went off nearly without a hitch, though that hardly made the drops easier to take for the drum major himself. Only a handful of band leaders still use ceremonial batons in their acts, which makes baton tossing a practice that gets a drum major recognition or notoriety, depending on its results. After Friday's outing, the Bulldogs drum major may be trending heavily toward notoriety.
Luckily for he and his bandmates, Garfield came out on top on the field, using a late touchdown to pull away in a 13-3 victory. Hopefully that makes a less than steller halftime a little easier on the memory.