Heh, smooth recovery!
I always had a stickbag when I marched drumline, but I don't remember ever dropping during a show. We had some pretty whack "visuals", too, like after the drum break, when we weren't playing for one bar, it was "stick devil horns to jesus on the cross". We also pretended to be smoking a bong at one part in a cadence with our sticks. A few of us thought about going into drum corps or staying on drumline at university, but no dice. Cool story