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Saturday, November 15, 2008

The New YMB Film...

Finally it's been uploaded... After a couple of years of languishing on the shelf, the "Yosemite Marching Band - Part 2" is now available for your viewing pleasure! Access it here on this blog, or go to YouTube - It's about 6 minutes long, and is a smorgasbord of the silliest YMB antics over the last few years!

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Being charter members of the High Altitude Marching Band Association, Region Five (H.A.M.B.A.R.F), poses its own set of acoustic challenges for the YMB. We have to maintain our instruments in top-notch condition, strictly adhere to our rigorous physical training regimen, and fill out countless accounting forms and travel vouchers for the award ceremonies and HAMBARF gatherings that we attend annually.

Of course, we rarely travel outside Region Five, which encompasses the mountain regions of the High Sierra, Cascades, Rocky Mountains, and the Brooks and Alaska Range. Someday we hope to join up with members of HAMBART (region 2) down south in the Andes, or perhaps go for the big Himalayan prizes available in Region 8 under the watchful eye of HAMBARE. We'd probably have to get back on eBay for some heavily insulated band uniforms... or borrow a few yak-fur cloaks and yellow wool hats from the HAMBARE members.

Hopefully we can get their complex and intricate high-altitude choreography translated from the Tibetan... Tashi delay!

The Early Days

The Yosemite Marching Band started up, oh, a couple a years ago. We'd explored a lot of Yosemite, and we'd hiked and climbed and seen most of what Yosemite had to offer. But we were looking for something different.... something unique.... you might say, an "Acoustic Challenge." But, not being musicians posed a bit of a problem for an aspiring Marching Band. We had to find instruments...