One last laundry day

Angel and Demon Diary: Cadets daily updates from the road

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The Cadets rehearsed in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Buena Vista, Virginia yesterday until 6:00 p.m.; then, they showered and left for the last laundry day of the season. It’s hard to believe that the next time the kids wash their clothes, they will be in their homes across the country and world. The summer is truly almost over.

The drumline graciously stayed back again from this last bit of free time to finish closing down the snare hole in the drill. Because of the different uniforms for the angels and demons, closing that hole doesn’t just mean closing down the space. They’ve had to switch places so that two demons aren’t standing next to each other when they shouldn’t be.

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Percussion Caption Supervisor Colin McNutt has taken a few days’ leave from tour, but he said he’s very proud of the drumline’s diligence and dedication to making their show as great as possible in the time they have – even if that means their free time. The front ensemble washed the drummers’ clothes for them.

Yesterday was also Brass Caption Supervisor Gino Cipriani’s birthday, and he said he celebrated by “making the hornline better.”

Gino did get a little birthday celebration though. While the members did laundry, the staff got a chance to have dinner out as well. The waitress brought Gino a cupcake, and everyone sang “Happy Birthday.”

Here on the admin side, Abby and I are hard at work at the Wash-o-Matic laundromat washing demon uniforms today. We washed the angels’ yesterday, and used nearly six full bottles of Zout stain remover to get them back to their crisp, cream look.

The Cadets are back at it in the sun at the school until 4:00 this afternoon. They’ll head to the show in Salem, Virginia at 5:45 and will perform at 9:13.

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