It has begun. I'm pretty tired now, not going to lie -- and it's only 10 p.m. Ten or so Cadets have been doing the call-a-thon work in the office from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day. Of course we get a lunch and dinner break in there. Each of us has different tasks during the day. Some of us call band directors to inform them of clinics that we will be putting on during the summer, while others help make copies of paperwork, drill, music, etc. From 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., all of us man the phones and call fans and alumni of the corps asking for their support this summer. It's a lot of fun to speak with people who actually know what drum corps is. To me, that is a donation in itself. If they actually do help out, that is just the icing on the cake.

Paula Hyman and Laura Westmoreland.
I flew up here on Saturday and, of course, the adventure started right away. Rudy and Jay came to pick another Cadet, Steve, and I up from the airport. Now, one tends to have a lot of baggage when moving in –- a suitcase or duffle bag-type deal, a backpack, water cooler, etc. I put all of my belongings in the car, and thought we'd be all set. As soon as the trunk shut, I realized that Steve might have some bags of his own. Well, his bags weren't the problem, his giant tuba was.

So picture this -- four Cadets in a 1995 Dodge Neon, along with two large duffle bags, two backpacks, two water coolers, two sleeping bags, a scarecrow, a couple of pillows, an enormous tuba and a partridge in a pear tree. Failure was not an option for us, so we made it happen. It was an interesting ride, but we showed that Neon who's boss -- and all got a little closer in the process. My good friend Rudy summed everyone's feelings toward move-in. "All of us are looking forward to move-in this coming Thursday, and we hope you all enjoy the show this summer -- be sure to mail Paula any goodies that she asks for! I'd also like to say a quick hello to all of my Norwin H.S. friends. Go Knights!" Rudy said. As Rudy walked away, he requested that I ask for cookies -- chocolate chip to be exact. He's a traditional kind of guy who doesn't ask for much. So, if you wanted to brighten his day that would be wonderful. I think we're going to be doing some laundry tonight as well as checking out the 12:01 a.m. showing of "Star Wars -- Episode 3." I'm excited to see Chewbacca. I believe I'll be continuing these articles throughout the summer, so strap in and continue to follow our season! Paula Hyman is a fourth-year member of the Cadets where she is the mellophone section leader. She is 20 years old and currently single. Originally from South Florida, Paula recently made the move to Allentown, Pa., to work for YEA!, the umbrella organization of the Cadets, Crossmen and the U.S. Scholastic Band Association. She ages out in 2006.