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The Corps with the Golden Show, part 4

The Corps with the Golden Show, part 4

by Dave Wilson

The Corps with the Golden Show, part 1 The Corps with the Golden Show, part 2 The Corps with the Golden Show, part 3
The Cavaliers, buoyed by a well-defined James Bond program, began the season on a high note. Alums flocked to witness late-spring rehearsals, delighted by "007," and the corps began the summer season on June 18 in Oswego, Ill., with a 75.100. Pepe Ochoa: I remember the corps was very excited for performing 007 for the first time. We knew that this show would certainly be a crowd favorite. We had no clue as to where we would place in the end, but knew that we would have an awesome time performing this show.

The Cavaliers perform in Louisville. Photo by John Christensen.
Huei-Yuan Pan: A big focus for us this season was portraying the character and mood of the music we were playing. We spent the winter season listening to the original soundtrack, getting a feel for what the studio musicians did with the original music. We watched a few Bond films on bus rides, old and new, trying to get a sense of what make James Bond so darn suave. And of course, we took all this and tried to perform "in character," creating different atmospheres for the audience during different portions of the show. Jeff Fiedler: The crowds on camp Sunday mornings kept getting bigger and people had smiles on their faces! I thought we were pretty well prepared for the season -- we got an 80 our first weekend -- we've never done that before. We had an 85 by the time we hit the end of June, in Charles City, Iowa. That was novel. Scott Koter: (One of the) first performances of the year in Toledo, that just didn't go well. But the next night in DeKalb, after we had some time in the stadium, a little time to just put it all together, we had good feelings about it then. Kyle Adelmann: We had tons of shows scheduled with the Bluecoats, we really became good friends with them, they are really great people. The Louisville regional (June 26 – the Cadets scored 80.700, over the Cavaliers' 80.650) was an interesting night. We had been winning by 1.5 to 2.0 or more every night against the Cadets and didn't feel any different going into that performance.
Huei-Yuan Pan: Early on, we thought we were doing a pretty good job of performing. Then our program coordinator, Scott Koter, and our big boss, Erik Johnson, would come in and tell us we "looked square." Square? Us?! Erik one day asked, "Are you guys having fun?" After a brief series of head nods and mumbled agreement, he yells back in his comically threatening growl: "Well then look like it!" Kyle Adelmann: I think still using the old ending finally got us that night (in Louisville) and we all had a great laugh about it all in the parking lot. That same night SCV beat the Blue Devils, so much drama within the top four, it was going to be a great summer. Pizza was provided to the whole corps by an alumni that night, good times, one of my favorite nights of the summer. Huei-Yuan Pan: An important lesson I've learned from the Cavaliers is focusing on what we as a group or I as an individual can control, and not worrying about things outside of that box. In that sense, we thought of each night as a competition against ourselves, trying to outdo our previous night's performance. Was there energy? Clean execution? If did well for our own standards, then it didn't really matter what the other groups were doing. Kyle Adelmann: As everybody knows the original ending to our show was a letdown to say the least. We all knew it would be changed but until it was, the ending was definitely the downfall because up until that point the show was incredible. Jeff Fiedler: We knew the ending would change in early July, we knew that in early June. Kyle Adelmann: We got a "Cavalier" ending and knew it was going to get people out of their chairs every time. Scott Koter: Madison, Wisconsin (July 2) was the first time we put the actual ending on, and even though we struggled to get through the whole show, because there was a lot to learn, we got good feedback and just a good feeling. Watch a video of the ending of the "007" program Huei-Yuan Pan: Looking back, we came a long way from where we started. Mid-season, "Sell it" became one of our staple pit phrases, going out each night and putting on a great show for the audience and for ourselves. We got along on and off the field and the chemistry between us became really apparent in the way we played together. It's amazing how much juice you can get from looking over and seeing the guy next to you smiling back. Every performance was literally a blast. Especially once you can control the show mentally and physically, and the show doesn't control you, the focus turns to enjoying the moment. We had countdowns to how many shows we had left, to go out and perform our program for a stadium full of people that love what we do. Where else other than DCI do people love this activity as much as we do? Tomorrow we'll see how the Cavaliers adjusted to critical late-season losses to the Blue Devils in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Indianapolis. Cast of Characters: Kyle Adelmann -- 2004 Cavaliers mellophone player
Jeff Fiedler -- director of the Cavaliers
Michael Gaines -- Cavaliers drill designer (submitted drill PDFs)
Scott Koter -- program coordinator of the Cavaliers
Rick Lunn -- Cavaliers' assistant tour manager (submitted above James Bond PDF)
Pepe Ochoa -- 2004 Cavaliers guard sergeant
Huei-Yuan Pan -- 2004 Cavaliers front ensemble member
Andrew Toth -- Cavaliers color guard designer Previous Recap features: Eighty-three

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