Sophie's Blog: Memorial Day sunshine

The guard learns the stage show for YEAllentown

Today could not have been any more beautiful weather for drum corps— sunny and warm, simply gorgeous. In the morning, the color guard spent rehearsal inside the auditorium on campus learning the stage show for YEAllentown on June 8. Every year, the color guard performs an indoor show choreographed with all the pieces of equipment and a group dance. The stage show is written to a song that is not related to The Cadets’ show; this year’s song is called “In the Shirts;” however, I can’t recall the name of the band.

I was unable to make it to the sectional today due to an excruciating toothache that had me bedridden for the afternoon. I’ve never experienced such pain in my life, so I made an appointment with the local dentist for tomorrow, fingers crossed that it goes well.

At the end of the day, I spoke with the members and found out that their sectional bock was the same as the morning block. The guard was in the auditorium again working on the stage show and then learning part of “Jingle Bells.” Although they do not have any drill for “Jingle Bells” yet, they are learning the choreography first so that when they do get the drill they will be able to put the work on the field right away.

After snack, the guard headed to ensemble where the corps again rehearsed through the entire opener, ending with a full-run. Once they had finished with the opener, the corps got into their arc form and played through the rest of the show music at a standstill while the guard went to the side to continue learning “Jingle Bells” and rehearse the flag twirls they already have.


This evening, I walked to Wal-Mart to pick up a few necessities. While I was leaving the store, I could hear the corps playing at ensemble from a mile away. It blew my mind that I could hear every section playing every note. It was perfectly clear and beautiful. The sound of drum corps was in the air tonight, and it gave me goose bumps. Every day I’m here, I am beyond myself when I watch them play and move. The speed at which they can march and the crisp brass sound is incredible! And hearing their show so far already sounds perfect, I cannot wait until finals— The Cadets are going to be amazing this year with 12.25. Let’s go Cadets!


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