Drum Corps International
The little things that get you

The little things that get you

by Eric Fox

Tuesday June 3 -- day 12 Well today was definitely a great day for the members. Finally a day with no long rehearsals, we had the entire day off to do laundry and hang out pretty much. It was extremely nice to not have to wake up and move equipment early in the morning for once, although tomorrow won't be as much fun since we've got to unload our equipment truck, which isn't the most enjoyable experience.

Some of Magic's percussion section relaxes at a Chili's restaurant.
We made a quick trip to the mall this afternoon, then the entire percussion section ended up at a Chili's to enjoy a non-corps meal. It's the little things that get you on tour, such as sitting at a table while eating your meals instead of on a curb. Although eating out was great, the best part of the day was probably just getting to wear normal clothes for once, and not having to wear my filthy section shorts ... which are now nice and clean again. After today's laundry day, I think I'm gonna leave a bunch of stuff behind before we embark on the road for the rest of the summer. I packed way too many shirts, it seems. Fortunately, guys can get away with not wearing shirts during the day except for when we're going through the food line. I managed to use the same two shirts for the first 11 days of spring training. It may sound pretty disgusting, but when you think about it, I only wore them for 15 minutes at a time. There's just so much junk in my luggage right now, I hope to get rid of most of it before we leave, unfortunately my laptop causes me to carry one extra bag all summer, but I can deal with that. The rest of this week is going to be extremely exciting. Many of us are viewing Wednesday, June 4 as the REAL first day of spring training. Now that the show is practically done, it's just time to start the cleaning and adding process. Scherzo archives Fox, 19, is a junior at Florida State University. He played in the front ensemble of the Tampa Bay Thunder 2000 and 2001, and with the Phantom Regiment 2002, and will play with the Magic of Orlando in 2003. Fox will report back from each spring camp, and continue his reports through the summer. Send him e-mail at friceox@aol.com, or instant message him at friceox.