The Cadets perform first uniform run-through

So far, the cream and maroon uniforms are looking great on the field

After a bit of a frantic morning in Meriden, CT, The Cadets settled into a relatively normal day of rehearsal. The turf stadium was about a ten-minute drive from the school, so the brass, pit and guard spent the day over there while the drumline hung back on the grass field at the school.

The corps learned about the first half of the drill for the ballad, and for the rest of the day, the focus gradually began to shift to the community performance that night. After snack, The Cadets had a little time to eat snack and put their uniforms on for an ensemble and run-through. Early in the season, George Hopkins always puts the corps in uniform as frequently as possible so that they can get used to the added restraint.

“The first time in uniform is always surprisingly difficult,” horn sergeant Jesse Garcia told me after the run-through. “It takes some time to get used to it again and get the jacket adjusted and pinned like I want it.”

This makes sense when you consider that the members rehearse the show in as little clothing as possible for most of the summer. I still remember what my horn sergeant, Paula, told the 2006 hornline at our first uniform meeting: “Now, when you finish the first show in uniform, you’re going to feel like you’re dying. And you’re not. So just breathe.”

The amount of body movement that is common in drum corps shows today only makes adding the uniform a bigger hurtle. We have to try out lunges and kneels and arm movements to make sure it’s even possible without bursting seems.

So far so good! The Cadets will do another ensemble in uniform for the alumni in New Jersey.

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