Sporting the appropriate swag on the car, I started out on the 7 hour trek to West Virginia. Any car ride seems to go faster when you have a good set of playlists, and mine included plenty of drum corps, including “The best of the 70’s” and the 2012 San Antonio APD’s.
Passing through Hershey I was reminded of all the great family vacation days spent there, including several fine drum corps shows. With 76 BD blasting over the stereo, I remembered a show I attended with my dad in 75. Back then, the Hershey Chocolatiers hosted a combined DCA and DCI show, and the crowds were great. Although I was mostly a DCA corps fan at the time, I always enjoyed Madison and 27th. After watching “some corps” from Concord CA that I had never heard of, I remember dad saying, “watch out for those Blue Devils. They are going to be something special!” If only I realized then how true that would be for the next 37 years of my life!
Heading into Maryland, and passing Gettysburg, I thought about Uncle Truman and his days with the Yankee Rebels. I cranked up 71 Rebs, one of my favorite shows that he arranged and conducted from the podium.
The ride into West Virginia is some beautiful country, and 03 PR and Harmonic Journey seemed a fitting soundtrack as I crested Sideling Hill.
Fuel stop and a great dinner of ice cream in Clarksburg!
Made great time and rolled into WVU80’s house right on schedule. I cannot thank him enough for offering to put me up and host my first Drum Corps in WVA. He is truly a wise drum corps fan, and a super nice guy! I was surprised and in awe of his great horn collection, including a MINT King 2 valve mellophone, and a sweet DEG 2 valve soprano. His 2 valve flugel bugle is a rare one as well. We watched some of the FN Atlanta as we planned our next day with BD. His bose speaker system set up was the perfect blend for the audio. Talking drum corps with him was a real treat.
Next up...day 2 and BD LIVE!
Edited by truman, 01 August 2012 - 01:41 AM.