Annual Marching Band Tag Day: A Day of Unlimited Outcomes
Tag Day, besides the obvious financial benefit, is a way to buffer social skills. With every front door comes a new chance to experience a unique situation and response. We practice diction, enthusiasm, and posture at every doorstep, hoping that our smiles will earn us an extra dollar or two.
Now, we dictate what we say and how we act, but unfortunately, we cannot even begin to expect how someone could respond to our fundraiser. Sometimes, they greet us with a pleasing smile and a few dollars. Other times, we aren’t so lucky. There is marching band folklore of the horrendously awkward encounters of Tag Day. Every year, we share new tales of doors slammed in our faces and patrons greeting us in only their bathrobe. But the tale most heard is the family who pretends they aren’t home- toys still cast out on the driveway and lawn, garage door wide open, radio blaring, and lights shining bright. It is as if someone spread the warning of the marching band’s arrival.
Beyond the doors, we grow stronger as a band. Those painfully awkward stories bond us together. We help each other remember our door-to-door speeches, making to include everything that could effectively persuade someone to give. Our tedious duties of Tag Day brighten with the conversations with our band mates, making a seemingly ordinary Saturday one to remember.
As the day comes to a close, the relief and pride in our earnings and kindled friendships ignite a bonfire of spirit for the oncoming season’s games.
--By Alyssa Zaepfel, LS News reporter