Obstacles to overcome: stomach virus and rain

Angel and Demon Diary: Cadets daily updates from the road

August 2 was a bit of a tough day for The Cadets. Tour Assistant Nic Broussard took three members of the hornline to the clinic yesterday morning (which was almost an hour away from little Buena Visa, Va.) for a stomach virus that seems to be going around.

“As soon as we realized they all had the same symptoms, we decided to go ahead and send them over there,” said Justin Heimbecker. “We need to nip this in the bud.”

284642_2319591027820_1190873312_32820692_5748276_n.jpgThe sickly three stayed out of rehearsal for the rest of the day and had to sit out the show as well. That’s always a very uncomfortable feeling as a Cadet – trying to balance the need to rest atop the guilt of sitting out while everyone else is sweating it out. But it has to be done. The sickly three rode in the pick-up truck separate from the rest of the corps last night for the drive to West Chester, Pa. We really don’t want this to spread any further with only twelve days to go.

The show wasn’t quite as energetic and tightened down as normal last night, though this Cadets corps never seems to have a “bad” show. Having three extra holes on the field affects a lot of people over the course of 11 and a half minutes, and it was apparently enough to make the corps a little uncomfortable. The Cadets are still working to achieve the same excellence for full productions as they do in shorter, rehearsal chunks of the show, and both the staff and judges are confident that they are about to reach that next level. Watch out – they’re going to really sharpen this week. As George Hopkins put it, “It’s time to crank.”


George is watching the radar this morning; it’s clear now, but he said, “We will have to dance with the rain” today. Thankfully, we’re in the clear for The Cadets’ home show at West Chester University (George’s alma mater) tonight. The Cadets will perform last at 9:30 p.m. and will compete against The Cavaliers, the Blue Devils, Santa Clara Vanguard, Madison Scouts, Jersey Surf and the Raiders. It’s been a long time since the corps has been home in the northeast; this will be a great night of drum corps!


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