Rehearsal on the Saturday took place at our new stomping ground of Staffordshire University in Stoke. This started out well in sectionals adding in some new bits and changing some music in the drum book in preparation for the show then onto the field with the hornline / frontline for some musical ensemble time whilst the guard were on their own field. 10 minutes into this session and cue the rain...not just rain but torrential downpours. We concentrated the musical time on the beginning of the show and the first third of the closer which was probably the weakest part of the show at out last outing. We took lunch just at the rain stopped (lucky - not!).
|Dave giving it large in the pit|
The first part of the afternoon started with us learning the 'pre-show'. I know a lot of the DCI corps now do this, i.e. start the show as soon as stepping onto the field and through the announcer talking etc. I must confess that being an old fart I wasn't keen on this and I'm not keen on it when it's done in the States. The only time I've seen it done when it worked (well for me anyway) was in Madison in 2002 when Scouts came on in the company front and peeled your face off just as the announcer got to the last 's' of Scouts... remember watching them rehearse that on the morning of semi's in Camp Randall with the hangover from hell! Anyway I digress, I have changed my opinion, well at least for our show ;o) as I think it really adds to the show and is pretty cool :o) Learnt the 'pre show' and cue the rain but this time make it heavier and throw in a couple of thunder storms into the mix just for good measure... We ran several sections and when it got to 5pm the call was made to run each part of the show once through and then head home. The field was becoming dangerous with standing water and my drum was holding water up to the rim. Pack the truck just as the rain stopped (again lucky!!! Not) then home. Trainers in the tumble drier, clothes in the washer, very hot shower, sausage butty (diet of course) and a can of lager.
|KS drumline in Woking, UK|
Sunday morning at 5:30 and the alarm goes off. Oh what joy I said. or actually it was more like f**&%^^&% what stupid time is this, whose idea was it to go down south followed by more swearing in the shower as I forgot to change the time the boiler comes on so it was cold. Then off to meet Matt Williams and Co who was giving me a lift to sunny Woking. About a 3 hour drive down to Woking then onto rehearsal. Bit of trepidation about this as our rehearsal site was right next to a residential area of suburbia but no problems at all and in fact a lot of people coming out to watch us including some dudes in proposer Aussie outback hats, gave the drumline the opportunity for us all to do piss poor Australian impressions. All apart from Stu Hancock who obviously watches to much Home and Away and / or Neighbours with such a good accent :o) More obligatory rain, followed by a little sun then onto pre show warm ups. Warm ups weren't too far away from the stadium today and we walked to avoid the 'carvoy' fiasco of two weeks previous! and onto the show. Much better than the last show and seemed to go well. I even remembered the body movement changes that were put in on the Sunday morning rehearsal session - now thats a miracle!! We won from Black Knights in second and then did the repeat standstill before heading back onto the car park that is the M25 and arriving home around 9:30pm... Another one of them low calorie chinese takeaways that are the staple part of finishing off any show day and then collapse into bed ready for a hard day at the office on Monday morning...
Lot of love in the corps at the moment and a lot being sent over from the US towards us which is really great to see and hear from our point of view as everyone is getting very excited. Can't believe it's only 6 weeks to go until we step on the big bird and head over the pond! Read a great post today from Tom Peashey talking about us (http://www.drumcorpsplanet.com/forums/index.php/topic/151826-2012-rankings/page__st__60) very complimentary - thanks Tom :o) Those of us who toured in 2010 still remember the feeling at the Bridgeport show and very excited to get back onto that field. Seeing the pics from the first shows of the DCA season seemed to fire everyone up even more...
- We have a touring party of 162 people.
- During the tour, at it’s peak with staff, drivers, etc we will have around 175 people in our party.
- The youngest person will be around 10 months old and the oldest will be 70.
- If we all average 20kg of luggage we will be transporting 3.24 tons of luggage around (not including equipment).
- All flights are fully paid for.
- DCA are really excited to host us again