Finally a full day of rehearsal as The Cadets gain momentum

Angel and Demon Diary: Cadets daily updates from the road


At the end of a great year of drum corps, there’s nothing quite like the famous Cadets’ push to increase the momentum. “You could just see it in their eyes today. They’re hungry, and they want this,” said Bruno Zuccala, who is back on tour to oversee color guard rehearsals.

“These guys are on fire!” Percussion Supervisor Colin McNutt said about the drumline yesterday.


Apparently the hornline caused the DCI production crew some trouble last night at the show. They played so loudly that the cameramen couldn’t hear the instructions through their headphones.

In spite of the daily grind in the heat, spirits are up and the hard work is paying off. The Cadets won the show at War Memorial Stadium last night with a score of 92.25. The corps finally returned to the Eastern Time Zone this morning. They are rehearsing at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee today and tomorrow, and new uniforms for the entire color guard have arrived just in time for alterations before the Murfreesboro show tomorrow night. Not even the guard staff has seen what they look like, so I will post pictures as soon as they are available.

Drill Writer Jeff Sacktig returns to the corps today, along with John Bilby, a former Cadet soprano and instructor from the England. When he marched in the late 90s, Bilby was called one of the greatest Cadet marchers in the history of the corps, and he’s been a great motivation for the hornline’s visual program for years. Bilby has been away from The Cadets since 2007, so his fresh perspective on their marching achievement will be very helpful.


Over the next few days, look for upcoming interviews with John Bilby, Brass Caption Supervisor Gino Cipriani and Bruno Zuccala, as well as some rookies and vets from each section in the corps.

The Cadets don’t have a show tonight and will spend every moment available preparing for the big matchups in Murfreesboro and Atlanta.


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