Left in Lynn: A minor "proplem"

The Cadets are back in Connecticut, continuing to overcome adversity

After the show with C2 in Lynn, MA, The Cadets drove back to Meriden, CT for two more days. This is the housing site where the turf stadium at the middle school is about a 10-minute drive from the high school where the food truck is set up. This morning and (like yesterday), the brass and pit headed over to the stadium for the day, while the drums and guard rehearse on the grass fields at the high school. As I write this, the RV is just pulling back up to the high school, and I can see flags spinning down on the lower field. We’ll be loading lunch into the admin RV to take over to the horns and drums soon.


582077_10151027266461911_1104757852_n.jpgThankfully, Kevin and the repaired Pathfinder met up with the corps before we left Massachusetts, but the souvenir truck broke down and we had to leave it behind, leaving us a vehicle short again. Then, yesterday morning, the Pathfinder gave us another scare. It wouldn’t start, but the problem was minor and it’s back up and running.

The Cadets had a normal show-day rehearsal schedule yesterday, minus the short trips to and from the stadium. A giant, red storm cell on the radar billowed straight for the ensemble field yesterday afternoon, just as the block was about to start. After a downpour and a little hail, The Cadets only got about 40 minutes of ensemble in before the show.

Once the corps arrived at the show site in New Haven last night, things went a little haywire. As some of the staff members unloaded and assembled the props, it became gravely clear that several side panels were missing. As it turns out, they were somehow left behind in Lynn. George had to make a snap decision at the gate, and the staff quickly covered the fronts of as many as possible. The corps ended up going out on the field with three normal presents and three hollow ones, their wooden frames showing through to the other side. (The corps couldn’t just go on without the props because the color guard relies on them for much of their show.)


The whole staff was somewhat embarrassed and concerned as we stood on the front sideline, but it became very clear during the opener that the corps was on fire last night. The tempos seemed great, the guard was catching everything, the drums were locked in and the hornline was aggressive. For those 11.5 minutes, The Cadets forced us to completely forget about the prop catastrophe (which has now been termed the “proplem”).

Today, plans are in motion to retrieve the missing side panels.


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