A ‘Borg and a Baritone #11: “Age”

Someone posted an interesting question on the Facebook page for Drum Corps Planet: (paraphrasing) "is DCA (Drum Corps Associates) now feasible for anyone over the age of 40?" I've mentioned this before, but to review: there are 2 main Drum & Bugle Corps circuits in North America: DCI (Drum Corps International) and DCA. DCI is a … Continue reading A ‘Borg and a Baritone #11: “Age”

A ‘Borg and a Baritone #10: “Camp 7 – Emptied The Tank”

Work was put in, a new wrinkle was added for Visual Block, and a streak ended with Greyhound. That, and much more, after the Break. Saturday started a little differently. Before leaving, my little brother and sister visited for a couple of hours before we all went down to my Dad's for a few minutes. … Continue reading A ‘Borg and a Baritone #10: “Camp 7 – Emptied The Tank”

A ‘Borg and a Baritone #9: “Camp 6 – New Level!”

A different vibe was in the air on Sunday - did we just level up? Greyhound tried its best to screw up the entire weekend. More after the Break. I should have known from the very beginning that Saturday would be... 'trying': I actually got some sleep! Except that I slept until 10 AM, *just* … Continue reading A ‘Borg and a Baritone #9: “Camp 6 – New Level!”

A ‘Borg and a Baritone #8: Camp #5

A couple of quick lessons learned this weekend: 1) Always check the refrigerator 2) Greyhound will have that ONE trip where their lateness will affect other stuff More after the Break.... Saturday was relatively uneventful. The main issue was with me leaving my water jug at home. I took a chance that the Home Depot … Continue reading A ‘Borg and a Baritone #8: Camp #5

A ‘Borg and a Baritone #6: “Home”

January 6th was the first of the 2019 calendar year, and the 4th of the season. Unfortunately, a case of pneumonia kept me home for it. I'm almost back to normal, over a week after breathing was exiled from the lungs. I learned that we got the Opener for our show; a thanks to fellow … Continue reading A ‘Borg and a Baritone #6: “Home”

A ‘Borg and a Baritone #5: “Camp #3”

Monday, 12/17, 8:30 AM Camp 3 is in the books! We got our first taste of the show music, got a very big visit, and I even saved a few pennies! I made the trip to Cincinnati via Greyhound Bus again. The bus was nearly 2 hours late, but made the drive in about 70 … Continue reading A ‘Borg and a Baritone #5: “Camp #3”

A ‘Borg and a Baritone #4: Knights, Brass, and Tradition – Oh, My!

Saturday, December 8th, 10:37 PM I've been pretty fortunate, when it comes to participating in Drum & Bugle Corps, although my path hasn't exactly been a 'traditional' one. First Tryout: 2000 Phantom Regiment I made my first solo trip out of the Louisville area in the late Fall of 1999, to travel to Rockford, Illinois. … Continue reading A ‘Borg and a Baritone #4: Knights, Brass, and Tradition – Oh, My!

A ‘Borg and a Baritone #3: “2nd Camp”

Monday, 12/3 8:50 AM This was the 2nd camp for the Cincinnati Tradition Drum and Bugle Corps, an all-age marching group. It was an even better camp for me, despite the efforts of Cincinnati's Metro buses and my bank account! 😉 Saturday, 12/1 The early CT camps are on Sundays, roughly 9 AM - 6 … Continue reading A ‘Borg and a Baritone #3: “2nd Camp”

A ‘Borg and a Baritone #2: “The Journey Begins!”

I am a member of the Cincinnati Tradition Drum and Bugle Corps!! After a stop at a Circle K to buy lunch, I Ubered to the rehearsal site, a few miles from my hotel. I checked in, paid Camp Fees, signed paperwork... and ran into a familiar face in Assistant Corps Director, Andrea Meyer. She … Continue reading A ‘Borg and a Baritone #2: “The Journey Begins!”

A ‘Borg and a Baritone #1: “In Cincinnati!”

Since I'm starting this draft at 11:04 PM, I guess I can also consider it a 'Night Walk'. 😉 It is the night before tryouts/"Opening Day". I spent Friday and Saturday scrambling to find or buy the items needed for rehearsals, explained in the Brass packet: I found my old binder and sheet protectors from … Continue reading A ‘Borg and a Baritone #1: “In Cincinnati!”