Laundry and a free day, and the drummers stay back

Angel and Demon Diary: Cadets daily updates from the road


Yesterday's schedule was definitely a “Cadet free day,” but the corps did get some quality time off. The Cadets rehearsed from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in marching and sectionals, then took showers and packed up their lives. While the buses took the hornline, color guard and front ensemble to laundromats, the drumline stayed back from the fun.

Sadly, snare drummer Jordan Swindoll will not be able to finish the season due to a hip injury, so the rest of the line volunteered to stay back and close down his hole in the drill. Drumline holes aren’t like holes in the brass or color guard; adding a new guy to that small group of people almost never works out well, and it’s better to march one less person than to try to replace them.

Percussion Supervisor Colin McNutt regrets that Jordan won’t be marching, but he’s doing his best to make the transition seamless for everyone. “My biggest thing is I want to keep him involved. I challenged him to stay on with us. These trainers here are good, so he can keep doing his physical training a few times a day and come help me on drum staff. Run the met, paint dots, help out,” he said. “I want him to feel like he’s still a part of it, because he probably feels like he just got cut, and he didn’t. He just can’t do it. It’s unfortunate, but it’s the right decision.”

The front ensemble took the time to do the drummers’ laundry so they wouldn’t have to wait another week and a half. Though they missed San Antonio, the drumline did get to go to the nearest Sonic for dinner.

Meanwhile, the rest of the drum corps met up after laundry (around 7:30) on the Riverwalk for some good Texas food and shopping. The mall closed down early since it was Sunday, but many restaurants stayed busy late.

At 10:05 p.m., George and the admin team made sure there was a theater available for any Harry Potter fans longing to see the final film. (Color guard co-captain Mallory Yohannan has been begging George for time to see it since it hit theaters on July 15.) When the movie ended at 12:30 a.m., The Cadets got on the buses and left for Dallas.

The corps is up at 8:30 a.m. today, and will perform at 9:50 tonight at Lake Highlands High School.


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