Great success in Oklahoma and a look at important Arkansas history

Angel and Demon Diary: Cadets daily updates from the road

IMAG0736.jpgThe Cadets stole the show last night and won with a score of 91.65, topping The Cavaliers’ 91.25. George said the corps was on fire for a full seven minutes of the show, and they’re getting stronger and stronger throughout the rest. At least half of the crowd was on their feet after the opener.

The Cadets’ execution of their marching program still needs to (and will undoubtedly) improve, and individual captions are doing great. Brass and percussion won their music captions last night, and in spite of some pretty intense wind, the color guard took first as well.

While it’s not all about the scores and anything could certainly still happen this year, last night’s judges provided a great confidence boost for everyone. The staff is fired up and ready to keep cleaning and making necessary changes, and the members are more motivated than ever.

No new changes went into the show last night, but the color guard will continue to add some new surprises later this week for the big show in Atlanta on Saturday.

36473212.jpgThe corps arrived in Little Rock, Arkansas at 5:30 this morning. They are sleeping and rehearsing at Little Rock Central High School today, which is the site where the famous “Little Rock Nine” – nine African American high school students – integrated into the formerly all-white school in 1957. After the Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954, this was the site of one of the most important events of the Civil Rights Movement.

 

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Governor Orval Faubus deployed the Arkansas National Guard to block the children from entering Little Rock Central High on September 9, 1957. On September 24, President Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army to escort the Little Rock Nine into the school. Protesters spat and yelled on all sides. So many years later, it’s amazing to stay at such an important, historic site.

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The Cadets will be up at 8:00 a.m., and the high today is 99 degrees (finally out of the 100’s, but the humidity is much, much greater here). They face The Cavaliers again tonight and perform at 9:12 p.m.

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