A short day for The Cadets before an important show tonight

Angel and Demon Diary: Cadets daily updates from the road

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The Cadets arrived at Invesco Field with plenty of time last night, and brass, drums and color guard went their separate ways to warm up. Then the clouds started rolling in. Lightning struck, thunder sounded immediately, and the sky opened up. Thankfully, the downpour only lasted about 15 minutes, and the show was delayed by two corps. The Cadets’ new gate time was 9:53 p.m., and everything went according to the new plan.

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Invesco is famous for its perfect grass; it couldn’t be shorter, greener or softer. It’s like marching on living turf. Unfortunately, it’s slippery when wet. After they sang the corps song and lined up in twos, George warned the hornline about the wet field. “Just use your technique,” he said, “and you’ll be fine.”

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Like many corps, The Cadets did have a couple of members slip and go down during the show, but no one was permanently injured. A bigger concern was the thin air at Mile High. Several Cadets with asthma struggled to finish the show, and every member of the corps felt much more out of breath than normal.

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The audience didn’t seem to notice any of this, and the new changes went over very well. The show is now paced a little better, and the character development continues to improve. The corps also put in a slow-motion drill effect at the beginning of the drum battle, which went over extremely well with the crowd.

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The Cadets won the show by a small margin with a score of 82.75.102_8015.jpg

The corps left Denver at midnight last night and arrived in Plattsmouth, Nebraska at 11:00 a.m. after losing an hour. The Cadets are on at 8:34 p.m. tonight, and the schedule today is laughable. Rehearsal blocks range from 45 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes, and there’s no time for a meal in between.

Tonight will be very interesting competitively, as The Cavaliers will finally be back in the mix with The Cadets, the Blue Devils, Phantom Regiment and Santa Clara Vanguard.

 

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