Position of Attention ("Set" position) - The heels are together, toes at 45-degree angle, instrument held with both hands in front of the body.  The elbows are at a 90-degree angle for most instruments.  Most people can use the checkpoint of positioning the mouthpiece in line with the nose.  Section leaders will demonstrate exact instrument positions.  The eyes are forward, the head is up - absolutely no moving or talking.  Check your posture by rising up on the toes and stretching the body as high as possible.

Low Mark Time - Heels are raised as high as possible while keeping the toe on the ground at all times.  The pulse is in the heel; it hits the ground on every beat and is at the highest point on the "and" of the beat.  There is no body movement above the waist.

High Mark Time - The leg is raised so that the thigh is parallel to the ground and the foot is at the level of the opposite knee.  The toe is pointed toward the ground.  There is no body movement above the waist.

High Step - This traditional "Big Ten" style step is used only during pregame.  It has the same "feel" as the High Mark Time but the body moves forward to cover an 8 to 5 pace.

Roll Step (forward marching) - This style is accomplished by rolling from the heel to the toe while shifting the weight forward, thus creating a smooth "gliding" action.  There should be no bodily motions above the waist during this step.  The knees are kept low to avoid a "bicycling" effect.  The pulse is in the heel.

Backwards Marching - The heel stays off of the ground, and body posture remains the same.  The weight stays in the toes and does not transfer to the heels.  Don't push up or keep your knees stiff.  The pulse is in the toe.

8 to 5 Step - This is the standard and most common step size.  There are eight steps to every five yards.  (22.5" each)

6 to 5 Step - There are six steps to every five yards. (30" each)

Adjusted Step - A step size that varies, depending on the distance to be traveled within a specified number of counts.

Slides - Your upper body and instrument face the sidelines, the lower body is facing the direction of travel.  The shoulders should be parallel to the sidelines, and there are no changes in the upper body; the upper body is separate from the lower body.

Facing - Your upper body (and the direction of your instrument) will only have 4 possible facings (1) front sideline, (2) back sideline, (3) direction of travel, or (4) drum major.  Unless you are told otherwise, always assume that you should be facing the front sideline.  

Rock 'n' Roll - This is used to change directions from forward to backwards and vice-versa.  The last count of the first move is a normal step.  The first count of the second move is a weight transfer from the right foot to the left foot.  Both feet stay planted on the ground; you simply rock from one foot to the other. 

Call to Attention.  Usually preceded by the verbal instruction "Band Stand Ready"
       (four claps) "Band" (rest) "a Ten HUT" (act)

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