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The 15 Stages of Drum Corps Life, As Told by GIFs

If you've ever found yourself marking time to a Taylor Swift song, these GIFs are for you— and so is 'Clash of the Corps'

DCI rehearsal and performance July 23, 2016. Marjorie Kamys Cotera
Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Drum corps can sound like any other club to the uninitiated, but dig a little deeper and you'll see it's an intense sport filled with long hours & hard work. It's about pushing the limits of what your mind and body can do, and the place where you'll meet your lifelong friends. 

Here are 15 GIFs that will make any drum corps member say, "Yep, that's me!" to celebrate Clash of the Corps.

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First day of drum corps season got you like

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How you eat on Day 1

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Versus every meal for the rest of the season

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That one time you forgot to wear sunscreen

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When new uniforms arrive

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Trying on your new uniform for the first time

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Shutting down anyone who says you're not an athlete

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When your water bottle is empty but it's hot AF

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Changing "privately"

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After you nail that new backhand catch

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Trying to find a spot to sleep

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When someone takes too long in the shower

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When you haven't seen your bus buddy since breakfast

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Realizing you age out next year

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When drum corps season is over & you don't know what to do with all that free time

Check out our drum corps docu-series Clash of the Corps show page for full episodes, exclusives, deleted scenes & more!

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