Staff in/out in Oregon as The Cadets wrap up solid rehearsal day

Angel and Demon Diary: Cadets Daily Update from the road

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The last day of June was good for The Cadets. They woke up at 8 a.m. and rehearsed in the usual rehearsal day fashion until dinner at 8:30 p.m. Oregon’s weather treated the corps well, and they had yet another beautiful turf field to practice on all day.

Brass Caption Head Gino Cipriani has taken a one-week leave from the corps, so Sean Furilla is heading up the brass section until he returns. The hornline always misses their captain while he’s away, but they’re set up for much success with the talented staff that remains.   

A trumpet veteran from the 2010 corps, Ross Hecht, arrived today to fill one of the holes in the trumpet section. The Cadets regret to lose any members to injuries, but it’s great to have vets return to help the corps out.

Alex Perez also arrived late last night, and the color guard will no doubt be glad to have him back on board in the morning. And the drumline is happy to have “Shaggy,” the bass drum tech, back after a short leave as well.

After some flight complications, George Hopkins’ arrival has been pushed back from last night to sometime today. Thankfully, he is scheduled to arrive in plenty of time for the Hillsboro show this evening.

Though they had no show last night, a good-sized crowd gathered to watch ensemble rehearsal in the stadium. Performing a run-through of the show after a long day of rehearsal is always more taxing than a show day performance, but being in front of an audience helps a lot. The interaction between the members and the spectators makes performance so much more enjoyable for The Cadets. Applause has a significant effect on adrenaline, and adrenaline produces more volume and enthusiasm from the performers.

The people of Oregon are certainly enjoying their share of The Cadets this year. “I’ve been following DCI on TV for years,” a local mother said following ensemble. “My kids have never seen anything like this in person, so I cancelled piano lessons and told them, ‘You’ve just got to see this!’ It was even better than I expected; you guys are our favorite!”

The Cadets didn’t have to travel last night, so everything is set up for a successful show day to kick off the month of July. Every year the staff and members raise the bar higher once July hits, so expect this aggressive drum corps to be even more exciting this month!

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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