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  1. August 11, 2002, 2:25pm ET Newark, NJ I have a few minutes here in Newark Airport so I thought I’d write a little about finals day/night. We woke up for stretch like usual and then had breakfast, which was open to family, friends, and fans of the corps. Speeches were given by various staff members throughout the day so it was an emotional rollercoaster as I expected. We did a full 5 hours of rehearsal, but focus was scattered early on. We got things together to have a strong full ensemble. After we finished our last rehearsal I packed everything I had left because I was leavin
  2. August 11, 2002, 4:39am CT Madison, WI And just like that, it’s over. I’ll write more about finals night a little later. Right now I’m sitting in Madison’s little airport and I’m surrounded by drum corps for the final time this summer. I see jackets from the corps I’ve seen on the road and it’s a reminder that we’re really all in this together. At the end of the day, everyone sits on the floor of the airport catching some sleep and wondering what the real world that we left behind for 80 days has in store tomorrow. It doesn’t matter who the people are sitting aroun
  3. August 9, 2002, 8:32pm CT - Tour Day 78 Madison, WI Our semifinals show was, by far, the best performance of the 2002 Crossmen to date. I felt awesome during the entire show and just knew we were hitting it. Adding the entrance from the back corner of the stadium really added crowd response to the performance which also helped to drive us a little too. This morning Chuck Naffier spoke to us about adding heart and energy to our show to complement the cleanliness of quarterfinals and we did. He told us about six spots in the show where we could really push and tonigh
  4. August 7, 2002, 10:31pm ET - Tour Day 76 Columbus, WI Rehearsal days are over. They were grueling, but we finally had the chance to really break things down for cleaning. We also spent time getting our secret stadium entrance ready for its first public viewing. Compared to the past few days, the rehearsal time the next three days is practically nothing. All of the work we’ve put in all season has to pay off over the next few days and I think it will. I expect the finals’ run will be over in a flash with all the excitement surrounding everything. I can’t wait to take the field
  5. August 6, 2002, 10:00pm ET - Tour Day 75 West Milton, OH → Columbus, WI We only have one full rehearsal day left before the finals competitions begin. The last two days have been difficult, but we did get a lot of cleaning done. Things are going to move very quickly over these final four days. I’m looking forward to these last performances and getting home even though I’m sure I’ll miss it too. I don’t really have much to write since we’ve just been rehearsing. More to come soon! (Next post is August 7.)
  6. August 4, 2002, 2:27pm ET - Tour Day 73 Huntingdon, PA Last night was our final regular season show, the DCI Eastern Classic at Franklin in Philadelphia. The night before we saw Bones for the first time at another “home” show in West Chester. Yesterday was probably the best day of tour so far though, especially as being a Crossmen goes. We had a fairly short rehearsal day and then traveled to a classic drum corps stadium where crowds of people were waiting to get into the show. We had a really strong performance but only maintained our current placement. Although not as much a
  7. August 1, 2002, 11:49pm ET - Tour Day 70 Lynn, MA → Pennsville, NJ We made up for yesterday. We didn’t get a whole lot of sleep, but we rehearsed hard and got better today during practice. We had a great show and then enjoyed a good amount of free time because it was a drum major only retreat. After the show, I sat front and center for the Blue Devils’ victory concert. It was a great experience as I enjoyed listening to their hornline blast (with quality). I think BD is my favorite show musically this year (after ours of course). Tonight was one of those moments where you real
  8. July 31, 2002, 11:33pm ET - Tour Day 69 Rome, NY → Beverly, MA I felt like we had a decent show when I walked off the field following tonight’s show but our caption head sure didn’t agree. Either way, our score went up again. More interesting was the fact that Boston passed Glassmen tonight. I don’t really have much to write except that tomorrow is August. I know I’ve written about the end of the season before, but it really is looming before us. In a little more than a week, I’ll be back home with an entire season of DCI behind me. Rome, NY Boston Crus
  9. The scores were stagnant for awhile so I'm not sure it can be totally attributed to that. I think we opened strong b/c of the content of the show but then stagnated b/c we didn't clean as fast as everyone else. Until we watered things down and made changes, we kind of got stuck. The credit for demand and content obviously goes away as the season continues if you can't perform it.
  10. July 30, 2002, 11:30pm ET - Tour Day 68 Erie, PA → New York Mills, NY Four regular season shows to go… We worked mostly on the new ballad today after learning it yesterday. I like the newest version the best out of the four that we’ve learned. It includes 32 counts of dance (editorial note - compared to what happens today, these 32 counts would barely be considered movement, but we thought we were ahead of our time then) for the hornline and other body movement at various points in the show. While it may not always be my strong suit, I think it’s pretty cool and something we n
  11. July 28, 2002, 11:48pm ET - Tour Day 66 Centerville, OH A lot has happened since I last wrote five days ago. We traveled out of Texas to Kansas for a show followed by rehearsal days in Missouri and Tennessee and then shows in Tennessee, Indiana, and Ohio. We’re still hovering at the 9th place spot and our score hasn’t changed much at all even though our performance level has increased very much. Even though it sometimes feels like we aren’t going anywhere, the staff keeps pushing us mercilessly. We wake up early, work long and hard, but don’t necessarily get the pay off that w
  12. July 22, 2002, 11:42pm CT - Tour Day 60 Wichita Falls, TX → Newton, KS We finally broke out of our score slump with an 85.65. We also regained some ground in the standings by tying Boston. Suddenly things are a bit brighter for the home stretch of the season. I actually had a pretty rough rehearsal day today. During the morning music sectional, I could barely play...probably because of not playing at all yesterday. Then during full ensemble I felt nauseous and couldn’t play because it was hard enough just to march. By the time we got to the show site I felt much better and end
  13. Just wait until you see today's post where I can't figure out why I struggled at the next day's rehearsal!
  14. July 21, 2002, 9:51pm CT - Tour Day 59 San Antonio, TX → Wichita Falls, TX Today was our one completely free day of the summer. We got up and did laundry. Then we went to San Antonio’s Riverwalk from 2-6pm. I hung out with Curt (trumpet), Courtney (baritone), and Steve (baritone and seat partner). We headed straight for Steers and Beers. I had a great meal, although I probably spent too much money. I had the surf and turf, which was an 8oz filet mignon wrapped in bacon, three large shrimp, a baked potato, and these different carrots in some kind of honey sauce. I topped it all