From a Capital Regiment camp report: Capital Regiment continues to have a very productive winter in preparation for what promises to be a great summer season. With the first contest only four short months away, everyone associated with Capital Regiment is very excited about the progress being made on this year's production, "A Celebration of Life: Mind, Body, and Spirit," featuring the music of David Holsinger. Attendance at the President's Day weekend brass and percussion camp was excellent with only a few members unable to attend. It also marked the arrival of the first-ever overseas Capital Regiment members. Two young men from the Netherlands auditioned via video and have secured spots in the percussion section.
Brass arranger Jay Bocook joined brass caption head Chad Pence and the rest of the brass staff at the February camp. "It was awesome having Jay with us this past weekend, " commented Pence. The arrival of new Dynasty tubas a couple of days before camp were met with rave reviews from the tuba players. These were the last of the new Dynasty b-flat horns to arrive. Pence is still looking for a few players to complete the horn line. "If anyone is still interested in marching, we have a spot or two available in every section. Prospective members should contact us immediately." Percussion caption head/arranger Kevin Murphy is very excited by what he is hearing and seeing from the percussion section. "Our talent level has once again gone up and the program looks to take another leap forward. The percussion staff is excited to get this season under way. I am really looking forward to next month when we begin seeing the music on the field." Capital Regiment will be traveling to Denison University in Granville, Ohio, during the March camp to begin learning drill for the 2004 production. Program coordinator Wayne Dillon is pleased to be returning to Denison University. "This will be the second year the corps has used the Mitchell Center at Denison. It is an excellent facility and includes a large observation area that provides the staff with an ideal vantage point. Winter weather is still very much part of March in Ohio and this indoor facility provides the corps with guaranteed perfect drill learning conditions."
Capital Regiment's front ensemble rehearses.