Great crowd in Murfreesboro last night

The Cadets were on first at last night's TOC show

The Cadets woke up at 8:00 a.m. in Nashville, TN yesterday for a short set of rehearsal blocks before the show in Murfreesboro. As I walked around at breakfast, something felt odd about the morning, and I realized that temperatures were below 90 at 8:15. While the day did get hot, it was a much more normal, mid-90-degree high than the 100+ highs the corps has been enduring for the last couple of weeks.

Because performance order is random at Tour of Champions shows, The Cadets went on first last night before the sun had fully set. While it was an unusually warm and sunny warm-up, the temperature dropped significantly by the time the corps took the field. The crowd at Middle Tennessee State University was one of the most enthusiastic of the year; every time the guard threw a toss, the stadium erupted with applause. The stands were packed, and fans even wrapped around the corners of the bleachers towards the end zones.

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After the show, the members gathered around George beneath the bleachers. “Alright, best show?” he asked. A vast majority of shakos and hands went up instantly, along with some enthusiastic (yet subdued) cheers from the members.

“Yeah, you guys seem very professional out there. You look professional and you sound professional,” George affirmed. “Now it’s just a matter of being consistent—in rehearsal and out here.”

The caption heads were pleased with the performance as well, and after they’d each spoken with their respective sections, The Cadets “twoed” it back to the buses from the stadium. Because the corps was on first, The Cadets had a lot of time to kill before the big TOC encore at the end of the night. Thus, the members got out of uniform and lined up their horns and shakos outside the buses. In addition to leftovers, large sheet cakes and pints of ice cream awaited the corps in celebration of trumpet player Nick McKibben’s birthday.

After the Blue Devil’s performance, the preceding seven corps re-entered the field to play the encore. The Cadets pulled out of the lot at 11:45 p.m. and arrived in Hampton, Georgia at 5:30 this morning.

 

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