The Cadets work around big storms in Chanhassen (Day 3)

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Yesterday was a day of wet horn towels, damp gloves and soggy shoes. The staff did their best to keep the corps dry in the morning, and George even delayed wake-up by a half hour.

Steve Bentley, the mellophone brass tech, did some yoga with the horns and drums in place of a regular stretch. The corps looks forward to yoga with “Stevie B.” It’s a little extra time to relax, “listen to your breath,” and stretch out sore muscles.


“I thought it was a good change of pace, but the floor was too hard” said Omi Batan, a rookie in the snare line. Admittedly, it is amusing to watch a bunch of guys try to arch their backs like a cat in a school cafeteria.

As soon as the rain stopped, everyone rehearsed outside as usual, but the weather stayed rather dreary. At least it wasn’t hot. The show continues to take steps forward, and everyone here seems to agree that the new dynamics at the company front in the closer are refreshingly effective.

Today started similarly to yesterday. The Cadets woke up at 7:00 a.m. to dark skies. Joe Roche led the work-out regimen inside the school (the building has three stories, so there are plenty of stairs). The pit is playing “I Gotta Feeling” in the band room, and the color guard is moving to the auditorium to try to fit a flag block on the stage. It’s not ideal, but the forecast is calling for hail, so we're not taking chances.

The uniform ladies are just a few hornline angels away from being completely finished with alterations.

The Cadets have a performance scheduled for the community tonight at Chanhassen High School at 8:15 p.m. This will give everyone a chance to see how effective the changes are and test out the newly tailored uniforms.

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