Hello again everyone. So much has happened in the last week that I'm not sure I know where to begin. Back on July 11, we were in Glendale, N.Y., where we shared the housing and show site with the Crossmen. We actually bunked in a nearby armory, then walked a few blocks to the school in the morning. That night after the show, Hopkins (George Hopkins, Cadets' corps director) treated us all to ice cream cones at a store nearby. Even though it was a little cool outside, the vanilla and chocolate twists were great. The following day we were in Buffalo, N.Y. The weather was sunny and cool – we couldn't have asked for a better day. The show was in Empire Park, definitely one of the nicer baseball stadiums we've played in. The audience was enthusiastic as well. We did a clinic in Cincinnati on July 13. When the kids came around, the guard showed them a few of the warm-ups, then invited the kids to come down and try them out. We had a few volunteers, even a few brass and percussion players. July 14 was an incredible day. We did laundry for the first few hours of the day, and headed to King's Island, an amusement/water park. We spent about seven hours in the park and we all had a blast. I think some of the funniest moments were when we saw the staff members' faces when they came off roller coasters and some of the huge free-fall rides. It was priceless.On July 15 we were in Bowling Green, Ky., at Murray State University. We held another clinic, and a huge group of high school students showed up. The buses kept coming and coming! The following day we had a rehearsal day in St. Charles, Mo. The guard spent most of the day cleaning up various parts of the show, and changing a few others. We arrived in Arkansas on July 17, greeted by rain showers and cool weather. However, as the day progressed, the humidity rose. We spent a lot of time working on the beginning of the closer.Yesterday began our three-day tour of Texas, beginning with Dallas. Five minutes into rehearsal we were all reminiscing the 50-degree weather we had a week ago. There were "Welcome to Texas!" banners around the school when we arrived, and later on in the day, the Coppell High School color guard gave our color guard a huge care package. It included everything from snacks, towels, candy, water and 12-packs of Sprite and Dr. Pepper. Thank you so much to the Coppel High School Color Guard! We really enjoyed and appreciated what you did for us!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.
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