Friday night camp update

A bit of a messy start, but everyone has settled in

The Cadets’ February camp is finally rolling after a chaotic start last night. Major accidents on several highways made travel nearly impossible; members and staff were cramming into vans at the airport since the bus was stuck in traffic. They arrived at Woodstown High School about 30 at a time, and rehearsal finally started around 10:00 p.m.

According to George Hopkins, The Cadets now have about 10 of 13 minutes of music for 12.25. This camp, Arranger Jay Bocook has written a new beginning to “Carol of the Bells” for the brass. Hopkins said that the missing minute in the middle of that piece will probably be in the horn line’s hands by March.

For something different, the brass has about a minute and a half of “Jingle Bells” to learn this camp, and there will be an edit to “Do You Hear What I Hear?” as well. As of this weekend, the closer (“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”) will remain the same, though there is still one final minute in the works.

“The horn line may be able to finish learning music by the end of March,” Hopkins said. “The keyboards are catching up, and the drums are still lagging behind. All things considered, we should be done by the end of April, which isn’t bad at all.”

The Cadets finished rehearsal at midnight and enjoyed some chili and corn bread before lights out. They woke up at 7:30 this morning, did some physical endurance work and stretching, and are hard at work in sectionals now.

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