Day One at WCU

The corps made the most of their rehearsal day

Unexpected hurdles are a fact of life on tour.

Whenever they come up for The Cadets, I like to say the corps managed to get past the obstacle without skipping a beat. Not only is it a great pun, but it's typically true of the situation.

And that was more or less the case on Monday after our major bus issues on the way from Chester, Pa. On a day when work was scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m., things didn’t get underway until 2:30 p.m., just a little after the staff bus and admin RV finally rolled in to Western Carolina University.


Losing three hours of rehearsal time wasn’t the best situation, considering it was a day dedicated to cleaning some recent changes in the closer. Thankfully, it didn’t seem to throw off the members too much. Really, the worst part of the day was coming onto the field for S&R, feeling like it was still early in the day, when in actuality it was just after 3 p.m.


Later, as The Cadets kept running through “Medea” drill and the drum feature, the admin staff was also working to make the most of our two-day stop at WCU. The team had to coordinate a bus switchover (happening Tuesday afternoon) and try to find someone to come out and take a look at the ovens on the food truck. 

Finally, around dinnertime, things seemed to be settling in. The corps was on the field, getting ready for a run-through, while the volunteers were setting up for dinner.

The show was looking pretty good when — just like back in Jackson, N.J. — the sky opened up during the ballad. Only this time, the staff decided to call it a night and send the members off to dinner early. 

Thanks to Carson Heath for delivering our pizza, taking this picture, and letting us know he was our pizza delivery guy on Twitter before he even got there! You can follow us too @TheCadets.


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