A hot day in Missouri pays off

Angel and Demon Diary: Cadets daily updates from the road

The Cadets rehearsed in blistering heat again yesterday in Kansas City, Mo. After the long drive from Rockford, Ill., the corps pulled in at 9:30 a.m., and the volunteers started right away on brunch. A lot of the members stayed up to get a jump on the day, but the official wake-up time was 11:15 a.m., and the day started at 12:15.


It was a marathon day – an hour of marching, an hour of sectionals and an hour and 15 minutes of ensemble. The high was 100 degrees, but the heat index on the turf was much higher.


At 4:20, The Cadets ate dinner (grilled cheese and gazpacho), showered and packed up, and they left for the show on time at 6:00. The show was a nearly an hour away, so the members got some time to rest in the air conditioning before going back to work.



The drumline had a particularly great, focused warm-up, and all sections were raring to go in spite of the 100-degree heat index that still hung in the air at 7:00. The corps met up at the gate behind the back stands, heard some quick words of encouragement from George, sang, and headed to their respective gates.


In spite of the very thick grass, The Cadets performed with better volume, energy and timing last night than they have in a while; they truly seem to be approaching a new level. The audience roared after every production, and The Cadets were rewarded with a winning score of 86.65.



The drive to Kansas was under three hours, so everyone has much more down time before the next hot day. The high in Wichita is 100 degrees, and George decided to set up the day a bit differently, with 15-minute water breaks every hour or so. With this intense heat wave in the Midwest, the members’ health is the top priority.

The Cadets are on at 9:44 p.m. tonight, and they will perform the encore at 10:20 as well.


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