Drum Corps International
Cadets beat the heat in Tennessee

Cadets beat the heat in Tennessee

by Drum Corps International

With finals week approaching, we're finding ourselves making even more changes to the show. Some were only a few counts, while others have resulted in the guard running in the closer into entirely different spots. The larger changes came during our rehearsal day in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and were in the show the following evening.We spent July 27 and July 28 in Indianapolis. We did the Drum Corps International/Bands of America student leadership workshop in the RCA Dome before the show. We had a great time! There were several hundred students participating on the field, and following the clinic we did a full run-through for them. We were back in Tennessee on the 29th, just in time to meet a heat wave sweeping through the area. Luckily the school we were staying at had the air-conditioning running before we arrived. We got to sleep in the and room – which marked the first time we had slept in a carpeted room since we moved in back in May.The corps did its final laundry day in Charlotte, N.C., on July 30. We rehearsed for about four hours, packed everything up and headed to the laundromat for the next three hours. The buses picked us up at around 6:30, and we left for the show site where our food crew had our dinner ready and waiting for us. The show was packed with enthusiastic fans, but I think that all the high school bands in attendance had something to do with that. Yesterday we were in Salem, Va. The weather has cooled off – it was only in the low 90s as opposed to the high 90s like it had been. An ice cream shop across the street helped cool us off even more. The tour is winding down quickly. Only a few more bus rides until we arrive in Madison for finals week. The tour has flown by, at least in my opinion. I can't believe it's already Aug. 1. Our last few stops before Madison include New Jersey, Philadelphia and Ft. Wayne, Ind. We hope to see you at one of our shows!By Wendy Stone Cadets Color Guard On Thursdays this summer, Wendy Stone, a color guard member of the Cadets, will be submitting "Notes from the Road." Stone, 21, is from Marietta, Ga., and will be aging out at the end of the summer. She is studying management at Georgia Tech, and is minoring in finance and information technology. This is her third year as a member of the Cadets -- she took last summer off after marching in 1999 and 2000. "I'm completely excited to be marching this year. Last year it really hit me how much I missed marching. But it's sad knowing my days are numbered," Stone said of aging out.