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Cadets upbeat after minor mishap

Cadets upbeat after minor mishap

by Drum Corps International

From a Cadets press release: Members of the Cadets drum corps and staff remain in good spirits as, last evening, two buses were involved in a minor accident while departing from the show in Wichita, Kan., to Wichita Falls, Texas. The guard bus, at very low speed, rear-ended the staff bus, which was parked, and waiting at a stoplight. The corps and staff are doing well and look toward continuing a great season. Three members and the driver of the guard bus were taken to a nearby hospital for precautionary testing, and as of 2 a.m. this morning, two have been released and the third expected soon. The driver will remain overnight for observation, but remains in very good condition. A few staff members have sustained minor injuries, with no major injuries reported. Fortunately, damage to the vehicles was minimal. The guard bus sustained damage to the windshield, and the staff bus will receive maintenance for engine damage. Both vehicles should be repaired in the next few days. Cadets Director George Hopkins, in agreement with DCI executive director Dan Acheson, decided it is in best interest of the corps to withdraw from the Wichita Falls show this evening. The Cadets would like to apologize to the show sponsor for the inconvenience. The Cadets have returned to their housing site in Derby, Kan. (Derby High School), and will depart from Wichita, Kan., on Wednesday and drive directly to Midland, Texas. They will appear as scheduled in Midland on Thursday, July 21. The Cadets would like to thank everyone at Derby High School and the school district for allowing them to remain there this evening. The parents of those in the hospital have been contacted and other parents are urged to contact their child directly on his or her cell phone. For additional information, please call Mike Pfeil at the YEA! office at 610.821.0345 x12 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday. After that point, calls should be directed to Megh Healy at 484.547.8414. The Cadets look forward to getting back on the road and continuing what has been a great tour. It is anticipated that all members and staff will be at the show in Midland and will be well enough to perform.

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