“A ‘Borg and a Baritone” Returns (Briefly)!

The last 'A 'Borg and a Baritone' post was in September 2019, at the end of the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) season. This is likely just a two-post return. The first post is my return to marching and playing. In 2020, Tiffany (a great HS friend) told me about the Kentucky Marching Pride, a marching … Continue reading “A ‘Borg and a Baritone” Returns (Briefly)!

Baaaack, back, back, back….

"Settle For Nothing", by Rage Against the Machine, is today's background track. It's been a minute since my last post! So, what's been going on? ==================================================================== I'm still working at TRIMARC and just passed my 5-year anniversary! It's been a fun, interesting 5 years, monitoring the interstates in Louisville and the Northern KY areas. A … Continue reading Baaaack, back, back, back….

COVID-19: ‘Short Circuits’, 5/30

The nation is starting to open back up, for better or worse. Song: "Tumbleweed" by 9 Lazy 9(Disclaimer: I do not own any of the music that's linked in this post) Protests (from Associated Press) The deaths of George Lloyd in Minneapolis, the revealed-2-months-later death of Breeonna Taylor in Louisville, and the revealed-3-months-later-and-possibly-covered up murder … Continue reading COVID-19: ‘Short Circuits’, 5/30

A ‘Borg and a Baritone #27: The Final Post: DCA World Championships

45 rehearsals, give or take a couple. A guesstimate of 9,000 miles traveled on Greyhound, between Louisville and Cincinnati. Rolls of athletic tape and Kinetic tape. It all came down to a road trip to Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Thursday/Friday Morning Thursday was a logistics morning and afternoon for me: making sure that I had medicine packed, … Continue reading A ‘Borg and a Baritone #27: The Final Post: DCA World Championships

A ‘Borg and Baritone #26: The Final Week

The regular season is over. We (Cincinnati Tradition) had our final rehearsal at Great American Equipment Company, this past Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, we worked mainly on music. The Morning Block was split into Sub-sectionals, where the Baritones and Euphoniums got to directly work with Andrew, the Brass Caption Head. It went really well! We … Continue reading A ‘Borg and Baritone #26: The Final Week

A ‘Borg and an Baritone #25: Foot Issues

A couple of years ago, I wrote about some foot issues that took a few months to get under control and, for the most part, eliminate. They are back, and they brought friends. For the last month or so, I've dealt with increasing levels of pain in my heel (again). For the last few months, … Continue reading A ‘Borg and an Baritone #25: Foot Issues

A ‘Borg and a Baritone #24: “What a Day-Weekend!

Saturday was Show Day #3: DCA Columbus! More on that in a moment. The 4 weeks between DCI Hamilton and DCA Columbus were spent hammering Movements 3 ("Sanctuary", the Ballad) and Movements 4 ("Wind River", the Closer), musically and physically (going set-to-set). For me, this helped with some troublesome set changes that I could not … Continue reading A ‘Borg and a Baritone #24: “What a Day-Weekend!

A ‘Borg and a Baritone #23B: “DCI Hamilton”

Show #2 for Cincinnati Tradition was our "Home Show": the evening of 6/25, in Hamilton, Ohio. Our report time at the stadium was 4:30 PM but I had to leave Louisville at 9:50 AM, due to Greyhound's schedule. Speaking of Greyhound: The bus was an hour and a half late. https://tenor.com/view/chris-pratt-angry-smh-vengeful-upset-gif-5320747 Nevertheless, I made it … Continue reading A ‘Borg and a Baritone #23B: “DCI Hamilton”

A ‘Borg and a Baritone #23A: “First Show – DCI Zionville”

Well, I finally made it. After the long hours of rehearsals at Silverton (in the winter) and Sharonville (in the spring and summer), I made to my first performance (of any kind) since at least June 2013, my first DCA contest (of any kind) since the 2010 Drum Corps Associates (DCA) World Championships, and my … Continue reading A ‘Borg and a Baritone #23A: “First Show – DCI Zionville”