There's a way to make it year round - march in the summer, march in the winter. If you choose the summer, you'll get to REALLY experience what it means to smell deisel.
All of you who lament the passing of marching band and still fail to make it out to march are really missing out. Marching band is only the BEGINNING of the great adventure of marching music.
I wish everyone could continue on or do it simultaneously. I marched with a high school band much more steeped in tradition than the drum corps I marched in. There is no comparison. I had an EXTRAORDINARILY unique experience in high school (as does anyone who gets to yell "SIAM") but it was just the start. To be honest, the sights and sounds of what I thought was the most important activity I would ever be a part of is now but a distant memory and a reminder of the stepping stones I walked towards the Big Show.
Go march. It will be an experience far more reaching than your high school one. And that's NOT to degrade marching band. Imagine the experience you have with yours. Imagine how wonderful and amazing it is. All those things the stories described. Marching band IS all those things.
Now kick it up 1000 notches.