Working around the rain

Powder puff football and more rain caused The Cadets to adjust their schedule

Today, Richland High School had its annual junior/senior powder puff football game, so The Cadets’ schedule for the day was a little thrown. Since we had no access to the stadium in the evening, the staff decided to allocate the time into two marching blocks, pushing sectionals back to the evening block and cancelling ensemble.

The marching staff spent the first marching block teaching some body movement for the beginning of the show. Fluffy, white clouds gradually led to a dull, dark blue in the distance, and by the end of lunch, the food crew was taking down the tables and tents again to prepare for 50-plus-mile-an-hour winds. The hornline and color guard shared the field house for a while to stay out of the rain, then the brass headed out to the field to learn the first few scatter-drill sets of “Jingle Bells.” After so much marching at 192 beats per minute in the opener, the members said that Jingle’s 160 tempo feels amazingly slow.

Unfortunately, rehearsal was cut short again by rain, and the corps came inside to put the new drill in their dot books for the last 45 minutes or so until snack. This evening, the drums worked on their scatter drill on the side field while the hornline went down the Trail of Tears to do some playing. “We had an awesome horn arc tonight,” said Dan Pfeiffer, a rookie mellophone player. “We didn’t march at all; we just stood and played all the best music in the world— “Rocky Point,” “Mahler Two,” “Philip Bliss.”

This evening, our wonderful uniform ladies began fitting the corps so they can finish alterations in time for the preview show on Sunday, June 3. So far, they’ve fitted the mellophones and CPit. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the ridiculously long hours these wonderful volunteers spend sewing and ironing.

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