January Camp Wrap-Up

Second-year vet Liam Sargent gives his perspective on the weekend

“Camp was so great!” said second-year baritone player, Liam Sargent. “The schedule change on Saturday was warmly welcomed by all the members. The split-up blocks made the day go by quicker, and we got more work done because it was easier to focus."

Sunday, The Cadets woke up at 7:30 a.m. for bagels, bacon, oatmeal and fruit, followed by stretch and PT (physical training) in the gym. The Sunday morning schedule ran as usual, with a warm-up and review of the show music in sub-sectionals, followed by full brass sectionals in the cafeteria. The drum line and front ensemble rehearsed in sectionals as well.

At 12:30 p.m., the full ensemble put it all together in the gym. The brass pieced together a newly edited version of “Carol of the Bells” with the drums and front ensemble. “The drum line parts to ‘Carol of the Bells’ are killer with the brass and pit together,” Liam Sargent said.


Then the drum line got to relax a bit, as “Do You Hear What I Hear?” only features the horn line and pit. There are no percussion parts written for “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” yet, so the brass played what they have of the closer by themselves to close out the afternoon at 2:00.

Gino Cipriani and the brass techs focused on getting the horn line to play louder throughout the day. “The horn line was putting out some serious volume in ensemble,” Liam said. “‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ is awesome, and I got a spot in the small ensemble in the beginning!” he said.


The song starts out with a mellophone and baritone duet (played by Nick O’Hara and Zack Travis), and then a small ensemble joins in. It builds into a big, loud, full-corps chorus, which will be followed by a staple Cadets ending that is still in the works.

Melissa Barlow closed out the camp with a quick meeting, and the corps cleaned up and moved out. Thanks to all those involved for another successful camp weekend!

Stay tuned for an upcoming sample of the Cadets' '12.25' show in the next edition of All Access, which will also include updates from George Hopkins in the development of the show.


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