Medford rain and fog doesn't hamper The Cadets

Angel and Demon Diary: Updates from the Road

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The Cadets talk about the day's schedule and goals this morning in Medford, Oregon.

After the sweltering heat of the southwest and some wonderful success in California, The Cadets have had a few great days to recuperate. On Monday, San Francisco was sunny and chilly. Rehearsal ended early, and the corps got to spend from about 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. roaming the city.

Now the California stretch is officially over. The corps pulled into Medford, Oregon two nights ago, and it’s been rainy, albeit beautiful. But no one’s complaining. Yesterday they slept in until 9 a.m., pushed through two rehearsal blocks, took some warm showers, and headed off to wash their clothes at local Laundromats. A little rain is nothing a pair of jeans, a fast food dinner and some clean clothes couldn’t fix.

The admin team worked hard washing all of the corps’ uniforms over the past two days as well, so they’ll be looking (and smelling) great tonight.  In case you’ve ever wondered, it takes approximately eight and a half hours to wash the horns’ and drums’ uniforms – now that’s a lot of time to spend in one Laundromat. The Cadets’ uniform has a lot more individual parts than most uniforms, and everything has to be washed separately. There’s the jacket, the pants, the crossbelt, the cummerbund and the drop sash. It’s quite the process but well worth it, especially when George has to stand in the middle of the tight group when they sing the corps song before shows.

As for today, the corps was up at 7 a.m. It’s been a drizzly morning, but a thick fog hangs on the tree-covered hills that surround the school; it’s a very pretty backdrop. The Cadets have a quick rehearsal schedule before they pack up and drive to the show tonight. They’ll be performing at 8:30 p.m., and then it’s off to Hillsboro, Oregon.

Meet Allison
Hi! My name is Allison Watkins, and I marched mellophone in The Cadets from 2006 to 2010. I fell in  love with the corps when I saw them at Phantom’s home show in Rockford in 2003, and now this is home. I graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Georgia in December 2010. I’m on Rudy’s administrative team for the summer, and I’ll be writing daily updates for the website.


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