Typical dome challenges don't phase The Cadets

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“The Cadets were excellent” last night in San Antonio’s Alamodome according to George Hopkins. In fact, it may have been one of the best San Antonio regional shows The Cadets have performed in recent history. The Alamodome is always the first closed-stadium show of the year, and between its particularly squishy turf and the echoes, it’s easy to make a lot of mistakes.

Dome shows always pose additional challenges for drum corps because the members are accustomed to playing and listening to each other outside. With a roof on the stadium, the sound on the field changes drastically – the drumline echoes off the walls and horn players have more trouble hearing each other play. This tests the musicians’ muscle memory and trust in each other; the kids have to be prepared to feel like they’re playing by themselves.


IMAG0709.jpgIt’s also more difficult for corps to connect with their audience because a lot of the crowd’s applause gets lost before it reaches the field. As a former member, it was interesting to watch The Cadets from the Alamodome stands. The effects of the dome are not nearly as obvious to the audience, and The Cadets were loud and solid. They also marched quite well. This corps has the ability to pull together and make things happen when it really counts, and that’s what makes a great Cadets drum corps.

The Cadets broke 90 and came in third place last night; they’ve still got cleaning to do, and that’s a great thing for this time in the season. The judges praise the show concept and design on the tapes and encourage the corps to strive for an even higher level of performance in spite of the show’s difficulty. And, in traditional Cadet fashion, that’s just what they’ll do.

Today, the cleaning continues until 2:15 p.m., when The Cadets will eat lunch, pack up and go to do some laundry and spend some time on the Riverwalk in San Antonio.


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