Editor's note: This is Wendy Stone's final "From the Road" entry, which she penned during championship week in Madison. We'd like to thank her for her diligent, fact-filled reports she's been phoning in all summer long. Good luck Wendy!Hello again everyone! I can't believe we're already in the last week of tour. Sadly enough, this also means it's my last "From the Road" entry. Last Thursday (Aug. 1) the guard spent most of the day working on transitions in and out of "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." The horn line and drum line worked on the closer.Friday was a show at West Chester University. We practiced most of the day and got treated to Papajohn's pizza, mango/cherry- and lemon-flavored Italian ice, Gatorade and watermelon for dinner. The Italian ice was great, seeing as it was 102 degrees out that day. August 3 we were in Philadelphia for the final regional show before finals week. We actually practiced at Westchester University during the day, and following the rehearsal we received our 2002 member shirts. The show was incredible (The Cadets won, scoring 95.75), but the encore performance was even better. The horn line played "Cadillac" and "Rocky Point Holiday," and then the small group played "The Jetsons" and received a standing ovation. Lastly we did a standstill of "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," color guard included. When we finished the crowd was chanting, "One more time!" over and over again. So, we played "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" for a second time. This was the first time in Cadets history we played an encore to an encore. It was amazing. The next four days were rehearsal days at State College Pennsylvania and in Ft. Wayne, Ind. We worked on everything in the show you can possibly imagine. Obviously some things were worked on more than others, but I really don't think there was one count we didn't touch. The daily schedule was close to five hours of marching, three to four hours of sectionals and two hours of ensemble. We had a snack break each day during marching to break it up a bit, so it didn't really seem all that long. We arrived in Madison, Wis., this morning around 5:30 and woke up around 8:00. We've got two hours of marching, four and a half hours of sectionals and one hour of ensemble before quarterfinals and the age-out ceremony. The summer's been absolutely incredible, and even if I wrote forever and ever, there's no way to get it all into words how much this summer has and always will mean to me. Drum corps is definitely something you have to experience for yourself to fully understand. I'd also like to heartfully thank all the volunteers that have helped the Cadets all summer long. There's no way we could have done it without you!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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