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    Caballeros 1999-2001, Crossmen 2002, Jersey Surf staff 2004, Spirit of Newark/NJ staff 2007
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  1. July 9, 2002, 12:30am ET - Tour Day 47 Ogdensburg, NY → Allentown, PA We had a long day of rehearsal, 8 hours in total today, because we were housed at the show site and performed last in the show. The show was delayed due to rain. As we started our show, it really started to come down and by our ballad, it was absolutely pouring. The harder it rained, the more into the show I became. The crowd also showed their appreciation for the performance we gave under such adverse conditions. It was a fun show and we impressed some people, too. Ogdensburg Crossmen - 82.6 - General Effect, Music Boston Crusaders - 80.3 - Visual Carolina Crown - 75.0 Spirit of Atlanta - 73.8 Kiwanis Kavaliers - 67.45 Magic of Orlando - 83.0 Patriots - 69.65 (Next post is July 13.)
  2. Loved that you shared this! Also, I listened to the 92 Crossmen on the ride to every single show during the 02 season.
  3. July 7, 2002, 10:37pm ET - Tour Day 45 Cortland, NY The weather has cooled down now that we are in New York. We’re back to working hard and making progress on the show. Corps alliances and rivalries are starting to take shape. We had an interesting night with the Boston Crusaders. [Section removed to protect the guilty.] We march retreat next to them at almost every show for the rest of the season so it should be fun. Hershey The Cadets - 84.9 - all captions Crossmen - 79.4 Bluecoats - 77.4 Boston Crusaders - 76.7 Spirit of Atlanta - 72.8 Kiwanis Kavaliers - 79.75 Magic of Orlando - 79.75 Syracuse Brigadiers - 78.05 Hawthorne Caballeros - 73.4 Reading Buccaneers - 71.4 Bushwackers - 69.1 Cortland The Cadets - 85.85 - all captions Crossmen - 81.9 Boston Crusaders - 79.8 Carolina Crown - 74.5 Kiwanis Kavaliers - 65.3 Magic of Orlando - 82.05 (Next post is July 9.)
  4. July 5, 2002, 10:13pm ET - Tour Day 43 Allentown, PA → Hanover, PA Well, it turned out that we got a free day after all. Instead of going to Hersheypark, we did a performance and then had free time at Dorney Park. I, for one, appreciated the time off. I got to spend a few hours with my family and Megan. The parades yesterday were pretty rough due to the extreme heat conditions, but the corps took care of us as best they could and we made it through pretty well. About 20 minutes into the ride from Bristol, Rhode Island to Wakefield, Massachusetts, our bus shut down because it was overheating. We dispersed onto the rest of the buses, but it was very crowded and uncomfortable. I was actually one of the lucky ones because I got a seat while others had to stand for over an hour. So all in all, we’re working towards erasing our last show in Bristol with a strong showing in Hershey tomorrow night. (Next post is July 7.)
  5. Haha. The hotel room was not for me. It was for them to be there for the show and free time in the park.
  6. Thanks for sharing that. For some reason, I feel like it might have been Kris that taught at Scenic City although he lived in NJ so I'm not sure. I can post the trumpet pages from the yearbook to help figure it out!
  7. July 4, 2002, 12:07am ET - Tour Day 42 Portsmouth, RI The past two days have been, by far, the hottest of the summer so far. It got to over 100 with the heat index and we were out working in it. Last night it paid off with a great performance in Bridgeport, Connecticut, but tonight we had a weak showing in Bristol, Rhode Island. Our show last night was good enough to win percussion and general effect visual and put us within two points of the Blue Devils. My focus is on Friday night when we were supposed to have a free night at Hersheypark. I made plans to meet Megan (girlfriend) there to spend the night at the park together. My mother even went to the trouble of getting a hotel room and setting everything up, but now we are no longer taking the free night in Hersey. So I can’t even tell Megan about the change until tomorrow night because she’s not back from her cruise yet. I’m pretty disappointed about the change, but we’ll work through it. Bridgeport Blue Devils - 82.0 - all captions Crossmen - 80.05 Boston Crusaders - 77.45 Spirit of Atlanta - 74.25 Carolina Crown - 72.35 Kiwanis Kavaliers - 64.85 Magic of Orlando - 77.8 Bristol The Cadets - 84.5 - all captions Blue Devils - 82.1 Crossmen - 78.15 Boston Crusaders - 76.4 Bluecoats - 75.55 Carolina Crown - 73.6 Spirit of Atlanta - 72.4 Kiwanis Kavaliers - 61.75 (Next post is July 5.)
  8. July 1, 2002, 11:05pm ET - Tour Day 39 Beverly, MA → Stratford, CT Today was a full rehearsal day in Beverly, Massachusetts. It was good because we needed the rehearsal time and we didn’t travel last night so we were able to get a full night’s sleep. It was not so good because I am fully and completely out of the long, full day of rehearsing schedule. I don’t even know how I did that every day during spring training. It seems like such a long time ago. We started working on a musical and visual revamp of “Candle in the Window” today, but it won’t be ready for a few days. Like every other time we’ve tried to rework the ballad, practice went very slowly as the staff played around with different ideas. In the end, I hope this change pays off though because I’d much rather spend rehearsal time cleaning what we’ve already got rather than putting in a whole new tune. As for as the competition world goes, we dropped below Santa Clara Vanguard and Phantom Regiment over the weekend, but we won’t see either corps for direct competition for a few more weeks so it’s really hard to say where we stand. Beverly The Cadets - 83.50 - all captions Blue Devils - 81.85 Crossmen - 78.55 Boston Crusaders - 76.85 Spirit of Atlanta - 72.10 Kiwanis Kavaliers - 63.30 Exh. Boston Crusaders Senior Exh. East Coast Jazz (Next post is July 4.)
  9. June 29, 2002, 11:58pm ET - Tour Day 37 Clifton, NJ → Beverly, MA After a little bit of a disappointment last night in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, we came back strong tonight. It was the first time we really emoted our show and executed it all at the same time. We’re still running about three points behind the Blue Devils, which is still exciting. I don’t even care that much about beating them for the season, but it would be fun to beat them at some point. We still hold on to our position in the #4 spot. I enjoyed the past few days because I’ve had the opportunity to perform in front of people I know. Megan (girlfriend at the time) was at the show last night, which was a bit flat, but still pretty good. Only about another week until we leave the east coast. Lansdale The Cadets - 82.00 - all captions Blue Devils - 79.60 Crossmen - 76.25 Spirit of Atlanta - 71.20 Carolina Crown - 70.60 Kiwanis Kavaliers - 62.45 Jersey Surf - 62.55 Lehigh Valley Knights - 55.55 Clifton The Cadets - 82.35 - all captions Blue Devils - 80.70 Crossmen - 77.70 Spirit of Atlanta - 73.45 Carolina Crown - 70.50 Kiwanis Kavaliers - 63.40 Jersey Surf - 61.75 (Next post is July 1.)
  10. We were in love with our show that year and the early season competitive success was exciting too. That will fade once Blue Devils go away for a week and turn their show into a monster!
  11. June 27, 2002, 12:09am ET - Tour Day 35 Herndon, VA → Pennsville, NJ First of all, the results from the 6/25 show in Winston-Salem: The Cadets - 80.60 - Music, General Effect, Visual (tie) Blue Devils - 78.75 - Visual (tie) Crossmen - 76.20 Spirit of Atlanta - 68.25 Carolina Crown - 67.85 Kiwanis Kavaliers - 58.45 Magic of Orlando - 76.90 It’s hard to believe that we’re only 2 ½ points behind the Blue Devils. We’re off to an extraordinary start and we’re still very dirty. If you compare scores from other shows, we’re actually 4th in the country right ahead of Santa Clara. Ironic, eh? Tonight we had a show in Herndon, Virginia. It rained a few hours before the show started so the show wasn’t our greatest because the field wasn’t in great shape. The yard lines and hashes were pretty much invisible too, but we did the best we could and our score still managed to improve. Tomorrow we have a show in Lansdale, Pennsylvania and Saturday is Clifton, New Jersey. I’m looking forward to performing for people I know. The Cadets - 81.50 - all captions Crossmen - 77.40 Carolina Crown - 70.65 Spirit of Atlanta - 69.30 Kiwanis Kavaliers - 59.65 Magic of Orlando - 77.60 Lehigh Valley Knights - 55.45 (Next post is June 29.)
  12. June 25, 2002, 9:21am ET - Tour Day 33 Ledford, NC We had our first show last night in Columbia, South Carolina. We worked extremely hard for the last few days leading into the debut and it paid off. Even though we lost some rehearsal time and our preshow run-through due to a thunderstorm, we turned it on at the stadium. We placed 4th with a score of 74.15 last night. The Cavaliers - 81.45 - all captions The Cadets - 79.55 Blue Devils - 78.00 Crossmen - 74.15 Carolina Crown - 68.45 Spirit of Atlanta - 66.90 Magic of Orlando - 70.25 We watched a video of the performance on the bus and I really was impressed to see how much improvement we’ve made. The drill is rapidly increasing in clarity. It was a great first show and start to the season. (Next post is June 27.)
  13. June 20, 2002, 10:21pm ET - Tour Day 28 Pennsville, NJ → Colonial Heights, VA Today was a pretty good day. It was really hot and we worked a little slow in the afternoon, but we really turned it on tonight. We did a lot of cleaning and our first full run-through of the entire show. We finished learning the drill last night in Stamford, Connecticut. We’ve also been doing clinics all week, which I’ve enjoyed. It gives us a chance to perform our show in front of an appreciative audience. The kids have been hanging out with the corps for the day too. Yesterday’s clinic was the best because there were probably 50 kids participating. It also breaks up the monotony of rehearsal days. The corps is making a lot of progress these last couple of days before the shows begin. We have one more clinic and then two rehearsal days until our first competition. I’m looking forward to shorter rehearsal days and the thrill of competition. Our drill is pretty incredible and I think it could rank up there with the top corps in DCI as far as demand goes. Things are coming along, but we still have lots of work to do. (Next post is June 25.)
  14. June 18, 2002, 11:03pm ET - Tour Day 26 Cheshire, CT → Stamford, CT We’re into the final week before judged competition begins. Today was our first of four days of clinics. I enjoyed doing the clinic and having the high school kids look up to us. I also enjoy having the extra opportunity to perform. We had some rough issues with housing the last few days that caused us to stay with The Cadets on Sunday night and we had to share rehearsal facilities all day Monday. Then we drove an hour and a half to a housing site only to sleep 5 ½ hours to turn around and drive back across the state this morning. We are currently driving to the same area we housed in last night. As far as show progress goes, it’s slow. Yesterday we made some changes and learned a few new pages to “Strawberry Soup.” Today we spent most of the day adjusting sets at the end of the opener (for color guard staging). Then, tonight, we made some major changes to “Candle in the Window.” I’m getting nervous about whether or not we’ll be adequately prepared for Monday’s show. We see The Cavaliers who are already competing and the Blue Devils and The Cadets. If we come out weak, it’s going to set us up for a long summer of trying to play catch up and that’s no fun. I’m sure we’ll make some major progress this week and over the weekend though. (Next post is June 20.)