Awkward Drill Team

August 3rd, 2009

Awkward Drill Team - Co-Workers & Teams

“Group photo of my H.S. Drill team. I am top left. I think the band director wanted us to be ‘avant-garde’ but- well, you can see the results. This was taken at a competition full of adorable pom and cheer girls who were busy vaselining their teeth and finding matching scrunchies. Our music was something by the Doobie Brothers and the soundtrack of Labyrinth. I kid you not, we were instructed to emulate amoeba at the beginning of our routine. Which included hula hoops.”

(submitted by Ingrid)

167 Responses to “Awkward Drill Team”

  1. Awkward Turtle says:

    They look upset, like they’re really being drilled.

  2. Tim says:

    Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it…


  3. Bongo Boy says:

    Flabbergastingly Awkward! Every time I look at I burst out laughing all over again! Yes, high school drill team coaches can be too creative! But what fun!!!!

  4. haleysmomma says:

    i am just in awe that all of them could keep a straight face for this picture!! they are so stinkin’ SERIOUS!! i bet they were those kids in school that had NO IDEA they weren’t cool….lol

  5. Lori says:

    SO MANY JAZZ HANDS. In one place. Wonderfully delicious.

  6. Cincha says:

    I am so showing this to our brand new flag corps instructor at our high school! I’m sure I can talk her into it for this year!

  7. smithie says:

    ummm…I think they’re supposed to be Robert Smith from The Cure…? but I don’t get the Doobie Brothers tie-in.

  8. Desdes says:

    Why is the girl in the middle patting the top of her head? She should be rubbing her stomach at the same time.

  9. Darrin says:

    Even though this was the 80’s, this group are years ahead of their time. Pioneers I say, almost like first man on the moon.

  10. DonKeyHoTay says:

    And now, put your hands together for the Jacksonville Mime and Drum Corps!

  11. Anna R says:

    Amoebas (or amoebae) is the word you want.

  12. yzh says:

    Graduating class from the Alice Cooper School of Drill Team!

  13. Michelle Hayes says:

    We had the best Band Geek Cheerleaders…I mean Color Guard Ever!!!! I was in the band and we had the best time. We geeks partied like Rock Stars….lmao!

  14. Krint says:

    Are these guys one of the gangs from the movie The Warriors?!!

  15. John says:

    If you look at the front row both the guys and girls are wearing the exact same shoes.

  16. Megan says:

    I’m very relieved that part of their music was from Labyrinth because when I saw this photo, the first thing to enter my mind was David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust.

  17. Wendy says:

    I was born 9 days after this picture was taken

  18. Stacia says:

    “Students… for the last time………. QUIT SMILING! …………. Every idiot knows amoeba are serious. No wipe those grins off your face and give me some jazz hands”

  19. KB says:

    I swear the one third from the left in the back is a mannequin.

  20. Jay says:

    Future LEGENDARY photo.

  21. LilyC says:

    I spy a boy in that crew – right on!

    Jazz hands, Kiss eyes, white pantyhose, and wooden rifles. Does it get any better?

  22. Don says:

    I learn something new everytime I check this site out. I had no clue Illinois had such high humidity.

  23. alesita says:


  24. Family Man says:

    This looks like Alice Cooper meets jazz hands. Please tell me there is video, Ingrid. And then post it to YouTube.

  25. Sara says:

    I like how there’s a guy in there. Rock on brother!

  26. Lesku says:

    Is that a dude in the front row?

  27. Ralph says:

    This is not awkward it’s completely awesome.

  28. Carlos says:

    This is supposed to be family photos.

  29. Jeff says:

    I bet the drill team instructor used to choreograph Duran Duran videos in the 80’s.

  30. Summer says:

    Kiss meets colorguard.

  31. muse7 says:


  32. Liz says:

    was there a part of the 80s that WASN’T awkward?

  33. Jana says:

    Behold the awesome awesomeness of the awkward jazz hands………

  34. Maya B says:

    WHAT THE…?

  35. Silk says:

    Psst….it’s a color guard….

  36. Heather says:

    I keep singing “You can dance if you want to, you can leave your friends behind, cuz if your friends don’t dance then if they don’t dance, they’re no friend of mine.”

  37. binkymae says:

    I was Gothic when Gothic wasn’t cool.

  38. Sarah says:

    LOL I was in drill team in high school, too. The first year was Indiana Jones (I was a ninja), the second was, I think, something all in red and was set to ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’, the fourth year was all in green with blue wigs (we were robots or something). Good times… good times. Coaches can get a little too creative IMO.

    I can’t even remember one of those years… yikes!

  39. newsgirl151 says:

    LOVE it!

  40. that guy says:

    I am momentarily paralyzed by the sheer greatness of this photo.

  41. Kari says:

    Did they tour with KISS in the 80s?

  42. Words cannot express the awesome! I don’t care what anybody says, I like!

  43. scrumpot666 says:

    OMG…… can they dance without crashing into each other…………..some of the don’t have eyes……………….

  44. lagrange says:

    Are we not men? We are DEVO!

  45. Mary says:

    I believe nobody can top Ingrid’s comments. Man, this is just beyond beyond if you ask me!

  46. Cherriej says:

    I didn’t know Alice Cooper coached high school drill teams……

  47. Jim says:

    Even zombies have spirit fingers.

  48. MST says:

    I was surprised at the date being 1988. I would have expected mid-seventies, ala Alice Cooper.

    • Cincha says:

      Hey, I thought the same thing…looks just like Alice C’s makeup! They coulda played “School’s out forever,” and ’18.’

  49. Insanewiches says:

    …or a bizarre KISS fanclub!

  50. Christabel says:

    Fantastic! Although this looks like it could have been taken in the last year considering the bad 80’s fashion comeback.

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