The drum corps performance by Minnesota Brass this past Saturday was… Magical.
It wasn’t perfect (I know I had one minor bobble), and we aren’t at finals cleanliness yet, but man what a performance by the corps!
I had been worried about this show for awhile– it’s such a big stage for us and we would be following performances by the cream of the drum corps crop. I just wanted us to present well and not embarrass ourselves.
And we SO did not embarrass ourselves.
Quite the opposite, in fact.
I could tell from our pre-show warmup that we were going to kill it. There was just a vibe present. Hyper focus. Excitement. Everyone was adrenalined up and ready.
When we were in the tunnel we could see The Cadets performing their show, almost glowing under the intense lights illuminating the field. I paused to look around me at my fellow horn players. There were looks of wonder on so many faces!
One young awestruck trumpet turned to me and said, “This is so unreal.”
I just looked at him and smiled and said, “Pretty cool, huh? Remember this.”
And his face broke into the biggest grin.
Then it was our turn, and when we took the field and the announcer growled out “Please welcome to the field…. Minnesota Brass!”, the roar that went up from the crowd was just…
I sort of tear up remembering it. It was
And then we threw down.
It’s like everyone brought their A++ game that night and just gave every ounce to performing to the crowd. And the crowd responded and gave us an additional +.
The whole show for me was totally reminiscent of my junior corps days– where it was almost like being in a trance while performing.
I mean, I remember parts of the show if I concentrate hard enough, and I know I was there, but it’s like you are so wrapped up in the performance that it becomes a blur and you are transported through it all on this wave of energy….
It’s hard to explain– I guess it’s kind of euphoria.
Anyway, I think you would have needed a crowbar to pry the smile off my face after the show.
Mostly I was happy for the other corps members. You see, many have never had a junior corps experience like I have, and I am so glad they got a taste of that on Saturday night.
Seeing the sheer joy on their faces and hearing their excitement bubble out afterwards is something I’ll remember for a very long time.
And that performance will probably be my number one takeaway from the while season.