I spent the past weekend (Friday included) immersed in drum corps activities. This was really my first (and last) hefty weekend of marching and travel.
It started On Friday with an all day rehearsal: field lining at 8, rehearsal 9-12, lunch, rehearsal 1-4, break, then my first show that evening.
The good news is that I did not do terrible in the show and performed it fairly well. The bad news– I LOST MY SHAKO 1/4 OF THE WAY INTO THE SHOW! Quel embarrassing!
My shako had managed to stay in during rehearsal runs, but with the show plume, it became unbalanced just enough to topple off during some body movement. It sucks to have it happen, but I just kept going.
The funny part was a judge picked it up and then handed it to me before the ballad. I thanked him and slid it back on and successfully completed the show.
Saturday was a bus trip to a rehearsal site in southern Minnesota for a half day of rehearsal, then it was on to Forrest City, Iowa for another show. This one went better and the shako stayed put.
Then it was an overnight gym stay at a school, before getting up the next day and bussing to Red Wing for a parade and standstill performance of our show.
— said no drum corps member ever
I’m still a bit worn out today, but I’m not doing too badly all things considered. All but my left ankle, that is. And I have two shows under my belt in uniform, with two more in a couple weeks time.
But this weekend is free, and I’m really looking forward to it.
Good news. Are you glad you decided to rejoin for the season?