Learning drill in the rain

The Cadets are rapidly approaching the end of the show

The rolling hills that surround Mount Pleasant, Pa. remain hidden behind rain clouds for The Cadets’ second day of their stay here. The corps finished learning drill to “Do You Hear What I Hear?” yesterday morning and then dove straight into the beginning of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” As I write this, they’re learning 17 more pages, and at this rate, the staff is hoping to finish the closer by Wednesday or Thursday at the latest—just in time for the first show in Akron, Ohio this Saturday.

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“This hornline is very strong,” said trumpet instructor Sean Furilla. They pushed through the elements in squishy rain gear yesterday and finished the ensemble run-through 15 minutes early. Dieter, our videographer, took a video of last night’s full run-through to send to the folks at DCI so that they can figure out which camera angles to be sure to film for the first show for the big screen. It’s hard to believe we’re less than a week away from the true beginning of the season.

After some pork chops and mashed potatoes, The Cadets all tried on their uniform jackets in the gym to get any final alterations made. The process went much quicker this time, since the only issue was that many of the cummerbunds are still much too long. Our wonderful seamstress, Linda, is here for the whole summer to take care of any major or minor uniform issues. She’s hard at work today doing the last bit of trimming and sewing done so The Cadets look sharp in cream and maroon in Akron and on the big screen on Monday.

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