2009 7th Regiment March Camp Report
The sun smiled on the 7th Regiment throughout their first outdoor rehearsal weekend of the 2009 season. Given the opportunity to sum up his experience at camp, "Winter Sunburn and marching and playing half the opener comes to my mind," says percussion instructor Andy Mastronunzio.
Following Friday night’s rehearsal, the corps arrived by convoy to their rehearsal site on Saturday morning at the Coast Guard Academy, only to be greeted with a couple inches of snow on the turf football field. The battery proceeded to "track" through their technique book over nearly every inch of the field, and by lunchtime it was nearly spotless! The corps spent the rest of their daylight learning approximately two minutes of drill to their opening production, "Liturgical Dances." Sunday was spent back at the Coast Guard Academy, detailing the visual package and adding music and choreography to the entire packet of drill.
The color guard fought through the Long Island Sound breeze as they learned work to nearly every set of the drill package. "Everyone’s energy and enthusiasm was high and the rehearsal etiquette was outstanding," says color guard caption head Dana Saccomano. Newcomers to the corps were welcomed this weekend in nearly every section. Viki Straitt, mellophone, happily stated, "Even though it was only my first camp, I could really tell what this drum corps was about…it kicked my butt!"
It’s not too late to be part of the team! The 7th Regiment is still looking for percussionists, color guard members, and horn players. For more information, please email director [at] 7thregiment [dot] org as soon as possible. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of our 2009 production, "Excalibur"!