I apologize for not having posted in quite some time. It’s been busy, but since the field we (the field lining crew) were supposed to line this morning is actually a large pile of dirt, I’m taking advantage of the time I have now to write a post.
Our first regional was this past Saturday, and we had a solid performance, which is great! Leading up to that, we had several rehearsal days in Metamora, IL to complete and improve our show. We practically learned an entirely new ballad that has some pretty sweet brass moments, and we added a lot of body throughout the show. All of the changes coupled with the majority of the brassline now really performing the show is taking Voodoo to a whole new level, and I am very excited for the rest of the season.
At our (Blue Stars) first Wal-Mart run several days ago, I was standing in line to check out when I glanced over at the magazines and saw one with “GREAT BUTTS” or something of the sort on the cover advertising exercises to achieve a good looking tush. I thought of how petty and insignificant worrying about your butt is. I suppose I’ve always been pretty comfortable with my body and haven’t worried too much about my appearance, but why spend effort making your butt “great” instead of channeling your energy into something that actually matters? Sometimes things like that trouble me.
Don’t get so caught up in the little things that you miss the big picture, but don’t stay so focused on the big picture that you miss the little things.
Things are going well here in Sparta, Wisconsin. Everyone is glad to be out of Iowa and in a state with more normal weather. We arrived a few days ago after an exciting first bus ride of the season and had our first public performances yesterday. (The community performance in Forest City was cancelled due to tornado warnings.) The second standstill was the premiere for Blue Stars alumni. After the first impact, they all started clapping and cheering, which was really cool. It’s always nice to perform for an energetic audience, and i’m excited to get on tour to perform for larger audiences. I can’t believe that tor starts in less than a week (i think). Today we finished learning closer drill and now have the enture show on the field! Woo!
Today (yesterday) was Day 10 of Spring Training, and both Part 1 and 2 are now on the field! As a whole, the hornline had some really productive rehearsal blocks. We all definitely got our butts kicked today, but that means we’re only getter stronger. Personally, today was pretty rough. Before we eben started playing, my lips hurt. And the music focus for today was volume and endurance, so everyone’s chops took a beating today, and mine felt like they were (and still are) on fire. Two days ago, I was switched from 2nd trumpet to lower split lead, and I’m still getting comfortable with my new dots and working on memorizing my new parts. And being somewhat of a perfectionist, it’s getting a little overwhelming, but I’l work it out. I’m also getting frustrated that I’m struggling with the backwards marching technique at faster tempos and larger step sizes because I have all of the information to do it well; my body just hasn’t made the connection yet. But hey, the end crowns the work, so I just keep on working.
Based on the above paragraph, you’re probably thinking that I’m having a terrible time. That’s not true. Drum corps is a lot of work, but it’s great. And I’m really glad that the people here are awesome.
I am extremely excited for tour. Especially from what staff and vets have been saying, this could be a very good season for us. You should check out the spring training video that is probably on bluestars.org. It’s pretty awesome.
And a few things about Iowa… the weather is extremely bipolar. It’s been raining a lot and yesterday or the day before it was freezing! Then today it was sunny all day but the air was cool and the sun really hot. Side note: I’ve lost track of days. I had to look on a calendar to make sure today was Day 10. But back to Iowa… the weather may be weird but the sky is beautiful. A huge rain cloud was rolling in one day, and the sky looked amazing. There was a beautiful lightning show from a storm far away. There’s also been a couple gorgeous starry skies. So there may be nothing in Forest City and the weather may be awfully inconvenuent, but the sky is great.
After trying for a good twenty minutes today and some time a few days ago, I have figured out that I cannot post more than once on additional pages I add to my blog. So, instead of utilizing the “DCI ’13” page, I’ll just write here on the main page and title the entries appropriately. Addionally, on the right hand side of the page you should see a table of contents, and under “categories” there will be a link for “Blue Stars” which will take you to all of my posts that are Blue Stars related.
Disclaimer: please excuse my typos for all of my posts this summer. It is very tedious to go back and fix things when writing from my android.