Social Posts from 2014

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July 25

Gorgeous weather, a passionate performance, and a meet and greet with hundreds of excited fans marked a wonderful stay in Nashville; from the spectators at John Overton High School, to the feverish response of the crowd with the newly implemented conclusion of the program, it was an experience the members were highly grateful to experience individually and collectively.

But most importantly - entertaining the 11,000+ fans who attended the show to enjoy an entertaining night of music in motion.

You know it's a good day when your bus gets a compliment from the staff!
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July 24th

Thursday marked the last day of a three day stay in the city of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Following a thrilling and excellent performance the evening before, the corps was on fire for their rehearsal at the same stadium in which they had competed. The name of the game was refining changes to the show, a common happenstance that is about as prevalent as the showers the members take after hot and muggy days.

Well, at least for most of them, that is. Time is a valuable commodity after all, and in such times when there isn't an instructor correcting a set, or making a musical comment, they tend to make their own little games and pranks to liven up the mood. In this case, the new "game" for the corps was "What Are The Odds?", where the members ask the key phrase, followed by something that is either outlandish, or just funny in general.

It's the type of humor that keeps the members focused and keeps in line with the spirit of the corps - a collection of young individuals who take having fun as seriously as they do when they rehearse. It's a heathy balance that definitely works, especially into the last two weeks of the season - where this upcoming weekend finds them in three different states: Tennessee, Atlanta, and North Carolina.

And after that, less than two weeks and poof! Fin.

It's a gorgeous day in Tennessee!! It's time for a great block and another awesome show tonight!!
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July 23rd

The second day at Oak Grove High School found the Blue Devils making additions to the closing segment of their production, increasing the energy in a show that already implements varying styles and forms of musical potency. It was an extremely productive rehearsal that yielded positive results, with the members working into the afternoon hours before having to travel to the University of Southern Mississippi for their competitive performance.

Yet, the story of the evening definitely belonged to euphonium player, Joey Thornberg - an alternate who has been learning all the music and the drill in the same manner as the rest of the members. Ready for the moment that he might have to step in if there were ever a situation where one of the other players might not be able to march.

Wednesday evening proved to be that moment of calling and Joey stepped up to the plate with the full-fledged support of his peers. He carried himself in the manner of a member with years of experience and you never would have guessed it was his first show with the corps; especially at this point in the season, but with each visual warm up and horn exercise in the lot, Joey exemplified all the elements of a seasoned and determined Blue Devils member.

Following the performance, Joey was met with positive words and encouragement from his peers, a smile from ear to ear. It was the definitive moment he had been waiting for the entire season and he accomplished it with flying colors.
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July 21st

New Iberia High School - nestled near the southern edge of Louisiana, and also home to Blue Devils for a few hours prior to their DCI show over in Lafayette for Drums Across Cajun Field at the University of Louisiana. The day before the corps enjoyed a well-deserved free day in San Antonio, but with only three weeks left in the season, the corps was ready to step into high gear on this particular Monday morning.

Then again, there tend to be slight hiccups on tour, and when they tend to involve Mother Nature, the best option is to comply and adapt. In this particular instance, a muddy field proved slightly irksome - making it next to impossible to march, so the corps practiced in sectionals and then gathered for an ensemble stand still for the spectators and band students of the high school. Again - the corps had a show to perform later that evening, and in spite of the unexpected developments, they managed to earn a 91.75 with no visual rehearsal.

July 22nd

Traveling some 250+ miles during the evening, the corps setup shop in Hattiesburg, Mississippi at Oak Grove High School, where NFL Hall of Famer Brett Favre also happened to serve as an offensive coordinator/coach for the football team, leading them to a 2013 6A Class State Championship.

A storm followed after the corps' lunch break, sending them inside where more sectional work took place. The members also gathered their uniforms to be taken for laundry amidst the heavy rain, but thankfully the weather cleared and allowed the evening block to take place on the football field. Within the confines of the gorgeous practice site, the corps made considerable leaps in cleaning particular sections of the show - preparing for their competition on Wednesday at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

With the Southeastern Championships just around the corner, the corps continues with its second day of three in Hattiesburg, eager to develop the magic that defines the world of "Felliniesque".


I would like to say "The very, very best of luck to the Blue Devils" for the remainder of the season. You are performing the very best entertaining show this year that I have ever seen. I marched from 1959 to 1964 with the Richmond CA. Hawk's. I have watched Drum Corp every year since. I have followed the Blue Devils every year as my daughter marched in your Color Guard in 1981. That was the dream of her life after marching with the Velvet Knight's from Anaheim CA. after 5 year's. I will always support the Blue Devil's.

Staying dry under the stands

Ever changing weather!