Camp Update: Christmas on St. Patrick's Day

Gorgeous weather and progress all around

7:30 came early as usual yesterday morning, but The Cadets cleared their sleeping gear out of the gym and made their way to the cafeteria for pancakes and then PT.


Sectionals began at 9:30, and the horn line received revisions to their music for “Carol of the Bells” and learned the second half of “Jingle Bells.”

The volunteers served bagel pizzas and pasta salad for lunch at 1:15, and at 2:00 the brass headed to the gym for a marching rehearsal while the battery went outside to enjoy the sunny, 66-degree weather.


432282_10150762886181349_31303916348_11497450_1236589553_n.jMeanwhile, the volunteers who weren’t already hard at work on dinner were out at the new equipment truck working on the second floor all afternoon. They also spent lots of time configuring and designing where brass instruments, drums, uniforms and guard equipment will go to create the most efficient flow for the members.

Spaghetti and meatballs, French bread, salad and cake were served in the cafeteria at 5:30 p.m., and the corps met with George Hopkins in the auditorium from 6:30 to 7:30. Then they resumed sectionals for a few more hours.

At 11:00 p.m., the brass, drums and pit met up in the gym for a full ensemble rehearsal of the opener, “Carol of the Bells.” “As a parent, this evening’s ensemble in the gym is nothing short of awesome,” said Larry Watkins, who was volunteering for the weekend.

419557_10150630760084412_1085929174_n.jpgBy the time rehearsal ended at midnight, The Cadets played through the opener from top to bottom for the first time. “We have every note in place for Jeff so he can write the drill for the opener,” George said. The Cadets will begin learning drill at the next camp.

Apple cobbler and leftovers greeted the members at snack time, and lights went out in the gym at 1:00 a.m. again.


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