So Cozy …. How loud was it?
Easy to picture Cozy squirming in his seat during his westbound flight. The chance to be evil, if only for a few days, appeals to all of us, more so to free spirits like Mr. Baker. Oh, to be clothed in black (and within steps of Mistress Kelli)!
Yours truly also had the pleasure of spending a weekend with the Renegades last summer in North Carolina. It really is bewitching. For me, joy was in discovering the people beneath the menacing dark glasses. Here’s a well-run organization of talented, fun-loving performers. Responsible, friendly folks having the time of their drum corps lives!
Good & Evil work well together. Our beloved Renegades prove it. Enjoy!
"Hay una fiesta en mi soprano corneo, y estas invitanda! ~ Cozyism
"It was a dark and dreary night" (sorry, Snoopy) as I drove by the Tara plantation to catch the zero-dark-thirty Ford tri-motor flight to "The City," San Francisco. Lee Rudnicki might shovel a lot of hype, but the LOUD Music Symposium, especially Number 7, was truly an event on April 30. Having missed the Chinese New Year’s Parade where Frank Ponzo, Grass, Frank "Ironlips" Dorritie, Kiltie Chester, et al., had such a blast, I had to get back to Mac McEntire, Renegades visuals genius, regarding a "second chance." If the parade is as much fun as LMS 7, then I must wear black and red for the Chinese New Year’s, then do the LAst tango at LMS LA, July 7.
Moving along to the BD A drill rehearsal, it was a veritable parade of Hall of Famers and significant other corpsdom contributors. "Ironlips" Dorritie, a hero to me – "He da’ man!", emerged from some cave beyond Mount Diablo, along with Wayne Harris, Kingsmen alumnus. Scott Johnson, BD percussion arranger/cap head and Renegades arranger, took the time to chat, much appreciated. Mac and JoEllen McEntire seem to know everyone, and they kept strutting by…
’76, ’77, & ’78 BD lead soprano. JoEllen, ’78, ’79 and ’81 BD guard
’79 BD, was my first year teaching….just a drum marching tech.
’80 Bayonne, visual consultant
’81 Bayonne, visual staff, (or in the Bridgemen’s theatrical terms of the day, "Technical Director")
’82 – ’85 Freelancers, visual technique head
’88, ’90, ’91, ’92 Madison Scouts, visual consultant
’93 Allegiance Elite, visual caption head, Canadian National Champions
’00 – ’04, Kilties all-age, visual caption head
Several superb groups were doing their sound checks. Some Renegades’ snares just had to woodshed more outside, including Kelley Houpt, led by Thom Shearer. Mellow Munson Chan was chowing comfortably, and I ran into Jim and Nanci, sop, McFarland sandwiched in the Subway.
Heat Wave contra, who migrated to the Renegades.
Powell declared, "I wish I’d known about senior (all-age) corps sooner!"
Adorned in black, obligatory pics snapped, Lee Rudnicki, show coordinator and percolator potentate, made the proper introductions for me to Sarah Nash, a recent immigrant from exotic Romania. I camera-phoned Sarah ‘n Lee, Sarah…Sarah…Sarah, while we discussed international relations. Sarah hopes to enroll at the University of North Texas, where she’ll have international affairs with Tasteebros jazz majors.
Flipping hats, DCW scribe/sop/DCA visitor/sop/fan/sop, as rapidly as The Three Amigos tongue passages at DCA I&EMC, I scampered hither and yon to view performances and rejoin the patient "we-be-kewel" horns. I had time to get to know sops
Carol Smith (hope to see again), Tiffany Carrico, Nanci McFarland, Larrie Dastrup, Travler Garvey, J.T. Tinoco, James, et al.
Reneguard a la rosa roja
The drum soli was classic Adventures in Time. Each section had their twinkling under the spotlights, paradiddling in exquisite rapid-fire precision. DM James Barany truly exuded the dark side of the Force.
Elaina Fierro added, "Renegades – Relive the moment!"
Al Yeh simply stated, "Seven. LMS seven."
McEntire mysteriously wrote in my notepad, "S.Y.T.O."
Jim Nordin, Renegades "6th man" and SCV alumnus," commented on Dryden’s DCP photo, "Lisa – nice avatar!!!" (Avatar: A goddess coming to earth in human form?" My, my!)
Doug Peterson, dugada, upper, upper sop and BD alumnus, posted, "Cozy, it was cool having you out with us. I noticed the plaid pinned on your uni and for a moment wondered what kind of corps would allow that? Then, I realized, the Renegades would! Dude…Hope to see you again sometime. Once a Renegade, always a renegade. Evil gets under your skin…Has anybody seen the dude’s glasses? Truly one of kind. "
Travler Garvey, BD3BK2R2, lead sop, BD/BK alumnus, opined, "Cozy was flying his Kiltie colors at LMS. It was awesome. That’s why I love senior corps. You get to march with different people from different corps. The season hasn’t started yet, and (I) have had the opportunity to perform with two Kilties already, and Mac (McEntire) doesn’t count."
Lee Rudnicki, Renegades legal marketing pooh-bah, summed up part of corpsdom, "The Kilties and Renegades have always gotten along well."
John "J.T." Tinoco, soprano/evil uniform guru, commented to me, "Well, CB, how did you enjoy your first evil experience? You seemed quite natural in the Black 🙂 Hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we enjoyed having you in the line. It was great meeting you, sir; hope to play in the same line with you again in the future – 7!"
Rich Skare, contra solo mio, dementedly demanded, "You want me to play what?!"
Post-LMS 7, Mac and I took a leisurely drive to Napa Valley where they grow some mighty fine Concord corps, uh, assorted grapes. Larrie Dastrup, Renegades and former BD sop soloist, had arranged a tour for us of the posh Opus One Winery. One bottle costs a couple of days pay, a month’s salary for a corps tech, but it is exquisite at the Robert Mondavi/Baron Philippe de Rothschild vineyards, http://www.opusonewinery.com . Dastrup, may your sop never dastardly shrink to half size. Graze!
Sam Signorelli, 84Bdsop, Dream sop/DM, regarding the afterburner noise, suggested, "Maybe you should have the audience sign a "hold harmless" release, too…."
"Fais-moi l’amour." That’s what I say whenever I hear heart-pounding robust fusion. LMS 7 and LMS LA are two showcases of a delectable "really big shuuue." (Apologies to Ed Sullivan, namesake of the theatre where Al Chez, Bushwackers consultant, wails for "The Late Show.")
Sara L. Julian, SaraNYC, Bridgemen alumna, Skyliners alumna, and Renegade wannabe, revealed, "I heard a rumor that I might be there. Maybe." Yep, Julian is flying in, to which: Mike Braga, Tansea, ’73-’75 SCV, ’76-’78 Kingsmen, ’04 SCV TOR, exploded, "Oh, no way!!!! Awesome!!!!!
Having a rare off-weekend, I’ve booked a Boeing! jet to LA-LA land to be "Renegade for a Day" ditto. I’ll have to camp out on Venice Beach to save on my DCW, DCA and DCP per diem.
To JoEllen and Mac McEntire: I can’t express in my limited vocabulary how much I appreciate the warmth of your home. My concepts were flipped from backwards to straightforward in your trophy room. To Jim McFarland: You’ve inspired me to ping the soprano on all three cylinders. To the entire Renegade family: Evil rules! ~ 7!
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