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Marching band halftime show results in tuba pileup

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Two hundred seventy-seven moving parts, that's what makes up one of the largest high school bands in central Texas.

"I think people kind of underestimate exactly what the students do out here," said Kim Shuttlesworth, the director of the James Bowie marching band.

Kim said, "I think that they are athletes and that is something that people need to take a look at sometimes."

Despite practicing eight hours a week, Senior Aubrey Doodwin, says things do go wrong.

"It really is dangerous because there's so many moving parts,"admitted Aubrey. "We had a big flute pile up where they were marching backwards and one person fell and they just kept colliding," Lake Travis is the most recent high school band to be infamous online.

"Tuba trouble. It's on YouTube. It's great," said Aubrey.

Watch as the sousaphone section, also known as the "tubas," start to pile on top of one another.

Aubrey said, "I'm so impressed though that they got up so quickly. Oh my gosh, I'd be devastated."

"It's just like life, it's gonna get you sometimes, but it's what you do right after it that really matters," said Kim.

Just like any other high school athlete, these musicians also suffer injuries.

"You never know when they're going to turn their ankle or they're going to accidentally move in a motion that pulls a muscle," said Kim.

Aubrey added, "There was a boy that had stress fractures on both of his feet in August and he's just now being able to get out of his wheelchair and start walking again."

They're multi-tasking every second, marching, dancing and sometimes running half way across the field.

"We like to teach them you always have to be aware," said Kim. "We have some falls though"

Still think it looks easy?

You could always pick up a 40 pound tuba and give it a try.

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