Beginning of the summer saw a very unlikely mixture of kids from different areas of the country and world. There was "team Japan", a group from Denmark, "Braddock, Miami, a group from St Louis, the anchor group of kids from the Boston area and various other places. I was in the Miami group and honestly had no clue as to what I was getting myself into. Over the span of the summer which included a bus accident, bus roach infestations, sicknesses and the normal woes that marching dci brings about, that unlikely mixture of kids evolved from being random groups of people into one solid family that I am so proud I was part of.
I remember after performing in semis the corps was brought to the edge of the field through one of the tunnels. We waited to hear our score and that of the corps that performed before and after us... The realization was not as impactful on me as it was on long time members and corps leadership but the moment was embroidered in my mind and the most significant achievement in my life up to that moment. The tears and smiles were abundant. Never had we sang more corps songs and "NaNas" than that night on the way back to the housing site!
I had the privelage to march 2 amazing years with the corps until I decided the Navy was the right direction for me and to this day the experiences and responsibility learned helped me survive.
Thanks for giving me the chance to reminisce some great times from my childhood..
Eat emm up Boston!