Carolina Crown Drum Major’s Log: Stardate 11408.06

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carolina_crown_100x100Seeing our Crown souvie truck staffers eating authentic buffalo wings in Buffalo, NY without us was just not fair. But we forgive them:-)

Hi again from the road. We are beginning our second day of rehearsals in Dayton, OH at Welcome Stadium, home of the University of Dayton Flyers.

To catch you up since we last wrote, Sunday night we performed in Buffalo at the Tour of Champions Show, Drums Along the Waterfront. When we arrived at the stadium to find the corps entrance gates we passed through the marketplace, and that’s where I saw the buffalo wings. Wow they looked good, but snack after the show definitely made up for missing out on some wings. Our food truck volunteers always have something delicious ready for us after we perform.

10565260_10152603092267641_530317642381779361_n.jpgWe’ve been lucky for the most part this summer avoiding bus and truck breakdowns, but Monday morning our percussion bus quit on the side of the road several hours from our next stop, Leetonia, OH. All the other buses and trucks went on to the housing sight while the staff bus waited with the percussionists until a new bus could be found. It was noon before the staff and drummers arrived at Leetonia High School, which made for an extra-short rehearsal day.

Even with the bus problems, the corps performed great at the DCI Tour of Champions Show in Massilon, OH. The Drumline had their best show of the season, prompting some to joke that they could just rehearse half days for the rest of the week.

The buses started right up and ran perfectly that evening so we headed off to our next stop, Centerville, OH. The Crown convoy arrived at Centerville High School Tuesday morning and everyone piled into the gym for about five hours of floor time. Then it was off to Welcome Stadium in Dayton for two days of rehearsal before prelims begin at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Thursday.

The last few weeks have been busy with perfromances so rehearsing through extended blocks of time without having a show to think about made for a productive day. And we get to do the same today.

A lot of drum corps alumni post photos of themselves on social media from back when they marched. It’s pretty cool to see what many of our instructors looked like back in their drum corps days. However, the best picture we’ve seen is not on social media at all. Taped to the side of our food truck sometime after we arrived in Dayton, there mysteriously appeared a huge banner featuring our very own tour manager, Nancy Barth. She is kind of embarrassed to have it there but we all think she looks great.

Don’t forget if you can’t make it to Indianapolis for Championships you can watch the Prelims on Thursday night in your local theater. Click here to find the nearest theater and make sure to cheer on Carolina Crown.

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Posted by on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014. Filed under Current News, DCI World.