After a couple of weekends off, Cincinnati Tradition (“CT”) headed back to work with Camp #10. We got a LOT accomplished and cleaned up. Greyhound continues to be the thorn in my drum corps side. That, and much more, after the Break.
Saturday, April 6th
It was a pretty warm day in Louisville, so that made mostly up for the late (again) bus. The bus was supposed to leave around 3:40. It left at 8:30. Thankfully, there was a Pizza Hut open late enough that I could order dinner (and breakfast and Sunday dinner). And the hotel was cheaper than I had anticipated; all in all, it evened out?
Sunday, April 7th
The format for this camp was a little different. We didn’t have a Visual Block, so we ended up in Sectionals for an extended time. We were in Full Brass, right after Warmups, where we dissected timing and balance. We then spent over 2 hours in Low Brass Sectionals. Jake kept us on our toes with different exercises that worked on timing, a theme over the last few camps.
After lunch, we went back to Sectionals and worked on our 3rd piece. Jake, Andrew, and Nick hammered on some particular sections of the piece, getting us to play out, play with more confidence, and to play and move in time. This continued over into Full Brass and Full Ensemble, when we added the Battery and the Front Ensemble. Memorization wasn’t worked on but it was highly suggested that we have our music memorized ASAP (I’m pretty good with the Ballad and 3rd Piece, not so good with the opener yet). I can’t speak for everyone but I know that I spent everything, by the time we got to 5:00. That ‘spent’ feeling was not a bad thing, but I’m in the midst of sitting for 4 hours, so that opinion might change by Monday morning. 😉
We now only have 2 weekends left before we switch to outside, all-weekend rehearsals. I need to get in better shape, especially with my shoulders, before we get outside. I also need to get a little more acclimated to heat and sun, before Cincinnati tries to bake us all alive. Until then, I’ve got work to do on memorization and some more fitness.
See you next week!