March Camp Wrap-Up

With March in the books, there's only one camp to go

The March camp was another significant boost forward for The Cadets. The opener, “Carol of the Bells” is now finished, and the corps performed that along with nearly everything else they know for friends and family on Sunday afternoon in a full display of the '12.25' program.

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The admin team proved that they can do more than office work this weekend. Tour Director Patrick Duncan led The Cadets in what the members deemed the most intense PT sessions of the year on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and Administrative Assistant Melissa Barlow (a former Cadets color guard captain) led them in a thorough and much needed stretch yesterday.

422447_10150763812581349_31303916348_11501951_140064516_n.jpThe staff spent the remaining rehearsal time on Sunday morning reviewing all music except the opener (since that took up a significant portion of Saturday). They paid particular attention to “Jingle Bells,” which took considerable steps forward this weekend. The first half of the piece is coming together; it's got a fast new pit feature and some great drumline features as well. The brass swing section is jazzy and entertaining, but it’s still in the works. “This tune will be the biggest challenge, but I do believe it will have the greatest payoff,” George Hopkins said.

As always, there’s much more work to be done all around. The design team will continue to work on the concept as it relates to the music and drill, and the focus has now shifted to getting ready for the April camp, which will undoubtedly be the most important camp of the year. Jeff Sacktig will have the first portion of drill written for The Cadets to put on the field, and there will be more music for them to learn as well.

After camps, Cadets who fly home traditionally enjoy some Asian Chao or Sbarro at the food court in the Philadelphia Airport.Here are some 2012 members doing just that.

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The Cadets would like to say a special word of thanks to those who volunteered this weekend. Everything ran smoothly, and the equipment truck is coming along!

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