Saturday Update from Woodstown, NJ

It's lights out in the gym at Woodstown High School after a lot of productive music and marching

The Cadets woke up at 7:30 Saturday morning, moved all of there belongings out of the gym and ate French toast and oatmeal for breakfast. An hour later, the members met up with army recruitment officer and Cadet alum Joe Roche, who led them through some physical training

After that, the schedule was adjusted from the usual camp routine due to a basketball event later in the day. The horn and drum lines attended a marching block together, and while a set-up crew laid out the marching tarp on the gym floor (so the corps has some lines to go by and the floor doesn’t get damaged), the visual staff took everyone else outside to work on marking time for a few minutes. Then The Cadets moved back into the gym and marched for about two hours.

After marching, the brass and drums split up into sub-sectionals to warm up and rehearse. The brass finished learning “Philip Bliss” and reviewed the show music (“Carol of the Bells” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?”).

The drum line is still working on their show music to “Carol of the Bells,” which contains the drum feature, and the front ensemble is focusing on “Do You Hear What I Hear,” which they will play with the horn line tomorrow.


Meatball subs and pasta salad were served at 1:30 p.m., followed by more sub-sectionals, in which the horn line began tackling the music for the closer, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” Sectionals were followed by two more hours of joint marching rehearsal in the gym.


Dinner (and cake!) was served at 6:15 p.m., and George Hopkins took an hour to meet with the members in the auditorium at 7:15. He gave them an update about 12.25 and played some clips of music that’s inspired the direction he’s decided to take (including an excerpt from A Charlie Brown Christmas to get everyone in the Christmas spirit).

After the Hop Meeting, everyone went back into music sectionals, and the full brass line finally convened in the cafeteria to piece together “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” for the final hour and a half of the day.


At midnight, mozzarella sticks and leftovers were served for snack, and aside from a few people still practicing on their own, everyone took showers and headed to bed.


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