One fish flying to George

Angel and Demon Diary: Cadets daily update from the road

102_7831.jpgGeorge Hopkins has taught Cadet corps life lessons based on the FISH! Philosophy in “Hop Talks” for years, and yesterday he finally got to take them to the place of its origin. FISH! is a combination of four concepts that workers at the famous Pike Place Fish Market have instituted to make their jobs more meaningful and enjoyable:

1. Be There – Be “emotionally present” for people. Strengthen relationships by respecting others and communicating well.

2. Play – No matter what you’re doing, bring enthusiasm and creativity.

3. Make Their Day – Find “simple ways to serve or delight people.” Choose to make someone’s day without expecting anything in return.

4. Choose Your Attitude – Anyone who has sat in on a Hop Meeting has certainly heard this phrase. George teaches members of The Cadets that no matter what happens on the field at rehearsal, on the bus or in life, they have the power to choose how they will receive the message and respond to it.

You can learn more about the FISH! Philosophy here.


The Cadets gathered around Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle and cheered as George got to step behind the counter and catch a fish. Justin Heimbecker caught it on video.



Seattle was beautiful, and The Cadets enjoyed their last free day for a while. It’s been a fun trip up the Pacific Coast – with three free days in just a week and a half – but the pace will start to pick up as the corps prepares for the first regional in Minneapolis, Minn. They’ll get some more time off in San Antonio, Texas on July 24 before the big push to finals.



Today, The Cadets got up at 6:00 a.m. to get dressed and take pictures in uniform. They will march in their only parade of the year in Everett, Wash. at 11:00 a.m. After a quick lunch, the corps will play a stand-still performance in American Legion Memorial Park at 2:45 p.m. Then, they will return to eat, pack and load for the long drive to Nampa, Idaho. The corps will leave early, at 6:00 p.m. with hopes of getting a little floor time on the other side.


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