Dr. Lee Quotes in Drumline (2002)


Dr. Lee Quotes:

  • Dr. Lee: What was that? Why do we rehearse? Why... do we rehearse? You're out there showboating for five minutes. If I wasn't able to signal a drum major to back you up, you'd still be out there beating your damn drum!

    Sean: Dr. Lee, sir, maybe there's an explanation. Devon...

    Dr. Lee: Do I look like I need you to explain anything right now?

    Sean: No, sir.

    Dr. Lee: I don't know what the beef is, but you better grill it up and eat it. Because it is my a** that is on the line.

    President Wagner: Now that is a new beginning. That's exactly what I'm talking about.

    [shakes Devon's hand]

    President Wagner: Great job, son. You are something. You are something special.

    Devon: Thank you, sir.

    President Wagner: Great job, all of you. Now let's see Morris Brown top that!

    [band cheers]

    President Wagner: Some alumni wanna speak with you. There they are. Don't keep them waiting. New beginning! NEW BEGINNING!

    Dr. Lee: Sean, I want you to polish the drums tonight. And I'd better be able to see myself in the surface.

    Sean: Yes sir.

    Devon: I left the polisher on the bottom shelf.

  • Dr. Lee: Good morning.

    The Band: Good morning.

    Dr. Lee: Good morning to music. Good morning and welcome to Atlanta A&T University marching band training. The next two weeks will be your introduction and possibly induction into a great marching band legacy. If you are here, it's because you believe in musicianship. If you are here it's because you believe in Coltrane, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, and the elements known as Earth, Wind, and Fire. If you are here, it's because you have a fervent, unequivocal belief in teamwork.

    [Several students just arrive at the A&T field]

    Dr. Lee: And if you wish to remain here, you better start believing in being on time.

    [looks at Ernest]

    Dr. Lee: You...

    [points to him]

    Dr. Lee: who's your roommate?

    Ernest: Uh, Devon... Miles, sir.

    Dr. Lee: [looks at Devon, walks off the platform, and approaches him] Eyes front!

    Devon: Hey, what's up, Dr. Lee?

    Dr. Lee: It's all good, Mr. Miles, glad to have you here.

    Devon: Thank you, sir.

    Dr. Lee: Why was he late?

    Devon: I, um... guess he overslept.

    Dr. Lee: Well, why didn't you wake him?

    Devon: I'm not his mother, sir.

    Dr. Lee: I asked Mr. Miles why his roommate was late, he says he guesses he overslept. I asked, "Why didn't you wake him?" and he says he is not his mother. Section leaders, what is our concept?

    SeanTuba Section LeaderSax Section LeaderTrumpet Section Leader: One band, one sound!

    Dr. Lee: One band, one sound. When one of us is late, we are all late. When one of us looks or sounds bad, we all look and sound bad. So what's the concept?

    The Band: One band, one sound.

    Dr. Lee: Now I want ten laps from those who are not their roommates' mama.

  • Dr. Lee: Mr. Miles, I guess you didn't like the required piece as written.

    Devon: Naw, I just thought I'd add a little somethin' somethin' on the end.


    Sean: He can play. We all know that, but his attitude is messed up. Now I put three years into building this line. In chemistry's grading, I don't wanna jeopardize that.

    Dr. Lee: [a car horn makes one long blast to indicate that Devon is a P1] Your line seems to think otherwise.

  • Dr. Lee: You lied in your application, you lied at the audition where you play the required piece, and you lied to me.

    Devon: I didn't think it was that big a deal.

    Dr. Lee: [hands some sheet music to Devon] Play that.

    [sits down]

    Dr. Lee: That's the music for next week's game and you can't read it. And as far as I'm concerned, that's a very big deal.

    [compiles some paper and puts it back in his drawer]

    Dr. Lee: I'm enrolling you in an applied percussion course.

    Devon: But that gives me five classes!

    Dr. Lee: Damn right it gives you five classes, it oughta be ten. Especially if you plan on getting back on the line anytime soon.

    Devon: What do you mean, "get back on the line"?

    Dr. Lee: I mean now, you're a P4. If you cannot read music, you cannot be on my field.

    Devon: But you can't take me off the line, I'm the best drummer you've got! And can't no class teach me how to do me?

    Dr. Lee: Excuse me?

    Devon: Doing me is what got me down here in the first place.

    Dr. Lee: No, lying... is what got you down here. And if you don't have the honor and discipline to learn your craft, then quite frankly Devon, you don't deserve to be here.

  • Dr. Lee: Alright A&T, check up.

    [the band gathers]

    Dr. Lee: Okay... the radio is off now. It's time for some real music. When you get out there today, I only want you to do one thing... and that is enjoy playing with your bandmates. So what's the con...

    The Band: ONE BAND, ONE SOUND!

    Dr. Lee: Alright. It's showtime!

  • Dr. Lee: Hit 'em with a little Flight Of The Bumblebee!

  • Dr. Lee: It's showtime!

  • Dr. Lee: Aah, the musicianship of hip hop.

  • President Wagner: "The beginning is always today," one of my favorite quotes.

    Dr. Lee: President Wagner, what a pleasant surprise.

    President Wagner: So what exciting new beginnings can we look forward to this year?

    Dr. Lee: Well, for the most part, I'll still continue with the overall direction of the program.

    President Wagner: That direction is a losing one.

    Dr. Lee: I don't think we can measure the amount of success in our program by the number of people shaking their butts on the stands. And no, we didn't win the B.E.T. Classic. But our first obligation is to educate and then entertain.

    President Wagner: Please, not the edutainment speech, James. Save it for your students.

    Dr. Lee: It's a good one. The kids in my program are learning.

    President Wagner: There won't be a program if the alumni continue to lose interest. We win, they write checks. Dr. Hinderson was smart enough to know that. He played popular music.

    Dr. Lee: That was James Brown and Marvin Gaye, not "The Thong Song". Alright, I'll play popular music, but not at the expense of musicianship. When you hired me you wanted me to strive for excellence. And that is exactly what I am doing.

    President Wagner: I also said we needed to win.

  • Dr. Lee: Mr. Taylor, finished with those halftime cadences?

    Sean: Just finished 'em.

    Dr. Lee: Good, let's hear it.

    Sean: [looks at Devon] Actually, Dr. Lee, why don't we let Devon run it?

    Devon: [after being pointed at by Dr. Lee] Oh no, you the big dog, you do your thing.

    Sean: No, I think it would help if somebody else played it.

    Devon: It would do me no justice.

    Dr. Lee: What are you two, Beavis and Blackhead? It doesn't have to be perfect, Devon. I just wanna hear it.

  • Sean: Dr. Lee... Dr. Lee, just wanted to catch you before rehearsals. I was thinking, that instead of promoting a P2 to replace Devon, we could just keep the snare line at nine.

    Dr. Lee: And how long have you been thinking that?

    Sean: Just this morning.

    Dr. Lee: Are you sure?

    [Sean nods his head yes]

    Dr. Lee: I thought maybe it was the day you showed us all he couldn't read, or was it the night that he took your solo, I don't know. But since you heard him play, you decided that the line or perhaps maybe, just you, would be better off without him. Remember when I first made you section leader?

    [Sean nods his head yes]

    Dr. Lee: You were sweating bullets wondering how you could lead this loud, passionate group of your peers. And I said you would be fine. You know why?

    Sean: You said I loved the sound of the line more than the sound of my own drum.

    Dr. Lee: Yes. And you lost sight of that. And that's okay 'cause we all lose sight of things. But if you don't get it together, Mr. Taylor, you're gonna have a difficult time leading the Senate whether Devon is on it or not.

  • Sean: Dr. Lee, got a sec?

    Dr. Lee: Sure.

    Devon: Hey, what's up, Dr. Lee?

    Dr. Lee: Mr. Miles.

    Devon: Well, I was wondering - actually *we* were wondering - if you needed any entrance cadences for the Classic. Not that I'm trying to get back on the line or anything, I just want you to check 'em out.

    Dr. Lee: Oh... let me see.

    Sean: Alright... the concept was all Devon's.

    Devon: Yeah, but my man Sean here had the structure on lock.

    Sean: But the snare part, all the sticking... that's the kid.

    Dr. Lee: What, you two a couple now?

    Devon: You got an old-school feel to it, but sometimes you're gonna have to take it back.

    Dr. Lee: It's not a bad idea... not a bad idea at all.

  • Dr. Lee: We're gonna try something a little different this year. A little of my old school... with a little of your new. Honoring the past, and present at the same time. That's what our new direction is all about... bridging the gap. Our new piece for the B.E.T. Big Southern Classic... was arranged by two of your very own...

    [looks at Devon and Sean]

    Dr. Lee: Mr. Devon Miles, and Mr. Sean Taylor.

    [band cheers]

    Dr. Lee: This piece is very complicated, and is not half as complicated as the formations are gonna be. We don't have any time to waste here people, so as you would say... let's get crunkin'.

  • BET Announcer #2: What's up Atlanta, how y'all doing?

    BET Announcer #1: What's up, ATL?

    BET Announcer #2: I'm Free, y'all!

    BET Announcer #1: And I'm A.J. for B.E.T.'s Top 10 Live, how y'all doing out there?

    [entire stadium cheers]

    BET Announcer #2: It has been an amazing night, y'all. We haven't stopped grooving since we started.

    BET Announcer #1: No doubt all the bands have performed and put it down, you made it very difficult for the judges to decide...

    BET Announcer #2: So hard...

    BET Announcer #1: Uh...

    BET Announcer #2: So hard in fact that today we have...

    BET Announcer #1BET Announcer #2: a two-way tie!

    BET Announcer #2: That's right, y'all. We have a two-way tie.

    BET Announcer #1: Y'all have to give it up for the bands, they worked really hard to get here tonight, but two have stood out from the rest.

    BET Announcer #2: And I don't know about y'all, but the suspense is killing me, so let's get right through it. Okay, so Mr. Wade, from Morris Brown...

    [Morris Brown crowd cheers]

    BET Announcer #1: and Dr. Lee from A&T, please step forward!

    Dr. Lee: Yes!

    [A&T crowd cheers]

    BET Announcer #2: Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time, in the history of the B.E.T. Big Southern Classic...

    BET Announcer #1: A&T and Morris Brown will meet center field! The drum lines are going to put it down for the championship!

    Mr. Wade: [to Dr. Lee] Bring it on!

    BET Announcer #2: Both bands will perform two drum cadences. The judges will make their decision on who will take the $50,000 prize.

  • President Wagner: Dr. Lee, do you want to explain why Devon is not on the field?

    Dr. Lee: No, really.

    President Wagner: Well, let me rephrase. I want my boy on the field *now*.

    Dr. Lee: There are some issues preventing that.

    President Wagner: No, the only issue, is for you to give me the same show like you did the last game or there won't be a program next year.

  • Dr. Lee: Devon.

    Devon: Yes sir.

    Dr. Lee: You wanna give 'em a little taste of what they're gonna get on next season?

    [Devon gets excited]

    Dr. Lee: That is if it's okay with your section leader.

    [Devon looks at Sean]

    Sean: Mini-Me, I knew you couldn't stay away!

    [shakes hands with Devon]

  • Dr. Lee: We did everything we could.

    Enoch Brae: I mean what do you do here. Just watch people die, make her better.

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