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Bari Playa said:
I played bari in marching band last season(it was hell). I fortunately didn't have to keep it in the "locked" position(section leader wanted me to though). And I must tell u it did damage. I was however at a disadvantage to begin with because of my size(5' 10" and 315 pounds). I could not perform at our final performance because my back was trashed. Thins year I play alto(don't like it as much)and it's alto easier on my back. I used a regular neotech strap on the field along with all other situations. I have a neotech superharness but don't use it. this might however be good for you since you're a small gut(i'm not lol). well good luck

Haha man, I know how you feel. I marched alto my 3 years of highschool so far, and I'm marching alto again this last coming up year. I'm 6'3'' and about 315 lbs too, but marching my sophomore year I was around 390 (did some serious dieting/exercise), and now I'm back down to 315ish. Well, the fact of the matter is, I would never march bari because of the back thing...that's a big deal with just a neck strap. Alto is great for just that reason :D. And I'm section leader and have been since last year and always make my section look top notch, but let me tell you, if there's a bari player, I would allow him to play by the side.

Me or my friend sebastion would be the only bari marchers anyways, so it's okay ^_^. Good luck with the marching, the back, and losing a few pounds...we could both use it ;].
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