Each section has its own traditions. Some have been going on for a while, some started yesterday (but you don't know it yet). Old traditions, however, provide a good segue into our first tradition: Clarinets are the coolest section in the band.
The party of the year...or half of them, at least. Clarinet Alumni return to Ithaca during Homecoming weekend for the festivities. So good, people from other sections try to crash. So good, people from other sections aren't allowed to. So good, it prompted the other half...
We wanted more, so we got more. Like Fall Clarinetini, but in the spring.
Seniors' Champagne Toast
We make champagne glasses and toast the seniors every year before non-sectarian. The clarinet section would not be the same without the seniors who put time and effort into making us such an awesome group.
The BRMB often plays "Throwdown." However, one year, a disgruntled clarinet chose to lie down during the incredibly long rest at the beginning...and didn't get back up for the whole song. This caught on with the rest of the section and stuck.
"Emerald Eyes" is one of the Clarinets' favorite songs to play, mostly because we get to do a move we call the Shakira. It involves spinning in circles and a bit of booty-shaking.
Saturdays don't only consist of the football game. We spend a good portion of the day parading around campus at home and away. Some parade moves are executed across the band, but most are unique to a particular section. Ours are the best.
George of the Jungle
To commemorate Kim Gillece '04's marching into a tree...
George, George, George of the Jungle
Strong as he can be...!
WATCH OUT FOR THAT TREE! GO RED!
Pairs count off, starting at the front and going down the section. After the count, each pair rotates around each other clockwise. Repeat.
The Hat Flip
Let's go Red...let's go Red...let's go Red...let's go boogie down, HUH!
Shuffle right for 4, shuffle left for 4, shuffle right for 4, rotate...AAARRRGGHHH!!
Jump and face in for 2, out for 2, in for 2, front and thrust.
You will hear this towards the end of the cadence, and this move should come naturally to you...