Aug 13, 2004 12:00am
Fernando Adrian Miller
Ok ok ok, so I'm a little behind. But before you get mad, it's not my fault. This is the first time I've seen this thing since , my last entry. So there, now everything is all better, I can continue with my final entry of the 2004 season.
A lot has happened. I don't even remember what I said on my previous entry. I hope things aren't repeated. Orlando was fun because it was a great trip back into being a spectator of Drum Corps. I must say a big thank you to Phil Filipeck. I hope a spelled that right, and without you, it would have been really crappy. Thank you very much for a great free day Orlando. Got to see the movie King Arthur, and it was great. It's the greatest story, in my ipinion, and this made it even more enjoyable...a whole new look on it.
In Alabama, sorry to anyone from there, but I've had the worst experiences there, and the final visit there just topped things off. I got attacked by fire ants, and made my ankles all swollen. I had to sit out of rehearsal because I could barely walk. It was great only because I got to see the show I've been working on for months. It was so much fun. That little taste of being a spectator again. I enjoyed performing the show more so after seeing it. Everyone should take a run-through off to experience it and truly know the package we're giving.
When it comes to the drumming portion of my life, things went great. We kept on getting better and better. Run-throughs got more consistant, and the only things that were rough were small errors. But becuase of us drumming so well, those little things turned into big things. That's the problem we had for the rest of the summer. Always working on the errors. What else should you work on while on tour. But it was all in fun but very hard to do. Never worked so hard in my life to be the best.
While in Murfreesboro, Tn, I must give a great big thank you my good friend Kevin (BD Pit 2002). He hooked up the entire percussion section with gatorade, and he hooked myself up with a nice good shower and a bomb burrito. Thank you so much.
Funny moment in parking-lot:
Indianapolis, Indiana - warming up for the show. Arrived a little late because when we got there the staff was told our gate time is sooner than originally told. So we were having a short warm-up, and in the middle of it we had an interesting fan. She was a little intoxicated...ok, very intoxicated and was yelling for one of our quad players, Tim Jackson (I&E Champion 03, 04). Kept on yelling and screaming for him. A little annoying, but our stress came off when in the middle of a tap off to an excercise she yelled, "Tim Jackson Corner Pocket!!!!" We all just broke down in laughter. We needed it. After a good show we asked Tim what it meant, and he had no idea...which made the story even greater. He still has no idea what she was talking about. The end.
The finals performance couldn't have been any better. Leaving the field, hearing the loudest applause ever, and playing the crap out of the show with 16 other people brought tears to all of our eyes. We worked so hard to have that show. We did it. I love this game.
Thank you Mom for all the food you brought. The drum line loved the burritos. Thank you for the star bucks. But most of all, thank you Mom for everything you did to help me to make drum corps. happen to me. I love you so much.
A list of other people to thank as well:
Pop, David, Mario, Roy, Nina&Nono, Nicole, The Fellaz, Mike Jackson, Vern Johnson, Gary Goins, Jason Chevalier, Mike Collins, Ernie Miranda, Mrs. Shafer, Brian Stockard, Dave Henkle, Scott Johnson, Sean Vega, and Gary Locke. Haha, it's like a list in music albums. But I've been saying thank you this since I started this activity and I meant it every time. Thank you. I'm done.