I don't think I need to explain how much I like Drum & Bugle Corps (or Marching Band, in general). How does this tie into Black History Month? An article from 2007, from Drum Corps International (DCI). I haven't been able to find info or stats on the percentage of black marchers and Drum Majors … Continue reading Black History Month: Facts #4
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
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
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!
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”
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”
This weekend was the start of the 'true' season: the performance and Competition season! Cincinnati Tradition performed our show for family and friends, with some "obstacles" and changes; Greyhound became "Greyhound 2019" again; and another big(ger) Saturday is on the horizon. Back in a moment.Friday 6/14 Welp, my 3-week streak of greyhound not being more … Continue reading A ‘Borg and a Baritone #22: “Preview Show!”
A lot was accomplished this weekend, both individually and as a group. Now, the real season begins! More details after the Break! Saturday, June 8th This weekend was the last full weekend before our first public performance. With the threat of rain looming all weekend, the Staff decided that Saturday would be a full day of music … Continue reading A ‘Borg and a Baritone #21
I am waiting to hear if this Sunday's camp will be cancelled- there is a Winter Storm that is headed for the Ohio Valley, bringing nearly every type of precipitation, plus a 'Flash Freeze'. In the meantime, here is Cincinnati Tradition's performance schedule for the 2019 season, subject to change: DCI - Drum Corps International; … Continue reading A ‘Borg and a Baritone #7: “Schedule”
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!