Here's a 'mini-dictionary' of the words, or lingo, often used by kids in the marching band & color guard during their practices and performances.
Bacue or Bakku: A loud electronic metronome that helps the band keep the beat and learn the tempo of the music while marching on the field. Named after the sound that it makes. (Affectionately known by the band as "Dr. Beat.")
Band Camp: A week long camp (held at Bemidji State University) during the last week of July. This is where the kids learn the music and the marching maneuvers for the field show. The kids get to stay in dorms and they love it!
Batterie: Snare, tenor, and bass drums. This is the part of percussion that marches with the band on the field. Note the traditional French spelling.
Breathing block: An exercise that the band uses to increase their tolerance for breath support during the show (essentially jogging double time to a tempo while controlling your breathing. Yikes!).
Captain (of section): The leader of a particular section of instruments in the band. This person also arranges and leads sectional practices.
Chips: Little plastic squares that mark your set on the field (see 'set' below).
Color Guard: The group of non-instrument playing band members. This important group gives the great visual elements to the field show with the use of colorful flags, props, sabers and rifles.
Drum Majors: One senior and one junior band member who conduct the band performance during the field show
Drumline: The percussion section of the band consisting of the Battery and the Pit.
Field Show: The final product of the marching band's hard work. The show is performed on a football field. The band competes with other marching bands for top placement, trophies, etc.
Music of the Knight: The field show that Irondale hosts (usually during mid to late September) in which 9 to 20 different bands march in the Field Show Competition.
Olympic Retreat: The very end of the field show in which all the bands line up on the field for awards presentation. This usually only happens at BOA.
The Pit: Percussion consisting of xylophones, tympanis, marimbas, bells, and auxiliary cart. This part of percussion performs at the front of the field during the field show.
Rookies: A first year student in the marching band or colorguard
Set: Your position on the field during a certain point in the show.
Techs: People that assist different sections of the band in mastering the show.
Veterans: Students who've been in the band or colorguard for at least 1 year.
There are also the Basic marching steps, "flanks and slides", "eights and eights"; this list could go on and on. Ask your teen about some of these terms!