And so it begins

The Cadets have moved in and are set up for a successful first day of Spring Training

For most of the 2012 Cadets, Moving Day is in the books! From 8:00 a.m. today, those members and staff who were already in Johnstown were up making the final preparations for the full corps’ arrival. Jesse Garcia, this year’s horn sergeant and field lining captain, took a couple of the field liners out this morning to spray paint the skeletons of several fields the corps will be using. And Pat Smith, captain of the scaffolding crew, also made sure the scaffolding was assembled on the proper fields.

Several other Cadets accompanied the admin staff on a Sam’s Club run to pick up vats of eggs, cases of canned vegetables and astounding numbers of hoagie rolls and milk gallons. And pretty much everything else you might think of.

“Oh, you’re with The Cadets!” said a Sam’s employee when she saw the familiar maroon hoodies. Let’s just say they get to know us pretty well while we’re here, since we’re the only people who ever come in and load up three carts with 36 watermelons.


IMAG0516.jpgMeanwhile, more Cadets gradually streamed in throughout the day, followed by the main bus pick-up which arrived at UPJ a little after 8:00 p.m. The Cadets had some time to check into their rooms and walk down to Wal-Mart to pick up any last-minute snacks and toiletries. Then Patrick Duncan, our tour manager and assistant director, led a brief meeting at 10:00 p.m. to welcome everyone and prepare them for the weeks to come. The auditorium erupted with cheering when Patrick announced an 8:30 a.m. wake-up for day one of Spring Training. “Starting off the summer with a free day,” Patrick laughed. But seriously, 7:00-a.m.-wake-ups will be here all too soon.

At 10:30, The Cadets were free to settle into their rooms or get a head start on highlighting and labeling the 31 new drill charts we printed out at Staples earlier today (assuring the Staples employee that she would certainly see many more orders of 150 sets of 30-some drill pages at a time this month).

And now, they sleep.


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