An Important Note For DCA
Due to all of the controversy surrounding my I&E solo at this years DCA World Championships, including a multitude of complaints from enraged DCA competitors, I hereby apologize to everyone for the inappropriate topic of my DCA snare drum solo, aka Vampire [BLEEP]. Yes, my friends, you win. I officially cave to the pressure you have all exerted on me and the complaints you have filed. I have changed the concept of my DCA I&E snare drum solo.
Instead of Vampire [BLEEP], the new title of my snare solo is “Umpires Lebanese,” and will feature various refugees from Lebanon dressed in the the garb of the most prolific Major League Baseball umpires of the last 100 years. I also have extended an invitation of the Mayor of Lebanon, Pennsylvania to serve as the guy who comes out on stage and sets up my snare drum. Instead of a chaotic Vampire [BLEEP] scene, I will instead surround myself with Lebanese Umpires and will play the traditional time-honored 1928 drum solo entitled “Downfall of Paris.” This was, I can pay tribute to a non-controversial subject — baseball — and still give the refugees from Lebanon something to do besides run from Israeli bombs and try to not answer the phone when their enraged Hezbollian cousins call to borrow the family Scud. To close out the solo, I will lead the crowd in a rousing rendition of Take Me Out to the Ball Game.
My apologies to everyone in DCA, DCI, FBI, CIA and the States of New York and New Jersey who may have been offended by the original concept of my DCA I&E snare drum solo.
I would also like to say that everything you have just read is a complete lie.
Furthermore, I hereby announce that Mistress Kelli is the most recent addition to the Lebanese Umpire … errrrr … Vampire [BLEEP] lineup.
DCA Snare Drum I&E 2006: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.
I hereby formally apologize in advance to DCA, Drum Corps International, WGI, the Percussive Arts Society, The National Association of Rudimental Drummers, the FCC, Vic Firth, Dynasty, Pearl, Zildijan, Drum Corps World, Drum Corps Planet, the City of Rochester, Hasell Harr, Ryan “outta-step-outta-mind” Cox, the Crossmen, Santa Clara Vanguard, the Cadets, all drum corps fans, every drum instructor I have ever had, the citizens of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Paris Hilton, Jeff Ream, Cozy Baker, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, my parents, the makers of Advil, and the Russians … for what I am about to do to Snare Individuals at DCA 2006.
Please direct any and all complaints you may have in advance to my agent for I&E solos, Chris Nalls.
Thank you for your understanding. In advance.
p.s. There will be lesbians.
p.s.s. And I’m gonna try to win.
p.s.s.s. Like I said, sorry. In advance
It is Friday night at 11:02pm, and for some reason I really excited to go back to practice….for whatever reason…my brain and life feel most calmest at rehearsal..despite chaos and drama there is nothing better than picking up your equipment and doing what you love. With me there is almost that added expectation of doing everything to perfection and getting the drill sets correct the first time. I know it sounds stupid, but DCA is exactly 1 month and a few days away. I have not performed in front of a LARGE crowd in years….2001 WGI was it. I guess it is hard to believe that I am preparing to perform again, a dream come true. My knees may ache a little and I am sore after every camp, but in the end it is worth it. I always feel that performance is truly the one place where I feel at home, per se. For now I am going to enjoy the last few weeks of Drum Corp and watch is “stealth” into divaness. I feel at home performing, and I know for myself…I am not sure if I will have this opportunity again, so I want to live it up while I can. I want to know that if I were to walk out on the field tomorrow and had my last show, that I would not lose or sacrifice any moment of uncertainity and just go for it. For me that means not analyzing every count as I run thru it, but savoring for the moment that it is, and that for me is what it is about. Until tomorow…See you on the cement=)
I now have the entire show memorized.
Give me a Drum and Get the Hell Out of My Way.
Since this is my first year in Renegades Color Guard, I was not sure what to expect. I had seen Renegades for the last few years, when I would go watch all my friends who marched Drum Corp. I was never a Drum Corp baby. Give me climate control any day. My coming to Renegades was even more odd than ever. Miss Emily talked Olyvia, Elaina and I to coming to the first April camp when we saw her at CCGC (Winter Guard Championships) . Mind you I have not spun OUTSIDE since the fall of 1995 when I did my last field show and my last competitive indoor season was 2001 Raiders World, so feeling out of a it was a little scary. After the first camp I was hooked. I guess the passion performing something to perfection never leaves you. After a few camps of being sore. and relearning what it meant to do drill and work together. I finally felt like I was back when I first fell in love with the activity.
Of course with anything that goes there is DRAMA with a Capital D, but it would not be color guard or Corp without it. I was more impressed by the tenacity of the color guard to never give up and the hands that some of the members in the guard have. Must respect and admiration because they toss their stuff and “bam” own it.
As the ending of season 1.0 approached, I was feeling a little sad and a little nostalgic, because I had not had the best of shows. I am my own worst critic, but everyone keeps telling me…”wait till DCA.” thats when I know Renegades will be at their best. For me performing was something that I thought I had to close the door on, but with Renegades I have found my happy medium which is sharing what I know and love with others. I have to say that the Renegades have been most welcoming and opening, and for that I thank you. Season 2.0 here we come…..
So today was an interesting day. As many of us Renegades are just tired because its Friday, long work week, some worked on Friday, no full marching run thru, TRAFFIC!!! All those factors can put a persons day down the trash But something happened at warm up that put my mind out of that thought process and actually was enjoyable to do.
I guess it was the Kids! Yup i said it the Junior Corps kids.. They freakin Rock! You know, i don’t ever remember seeing other Drum Corps kids hyping so much on a stand still while i was performing. No offense to the years and corps i marched with. But this night was just amazing… I swear we need to have a new Renegades team out there during such nights like tonight.. a team i would like to call the “Jaw Repair Team” well because the Junior Corps members had their Jaws dropping to the floor! LOL
Even tho, i think i played my chops out during that stand still (yup right before the actual performance) i think it was all worth it. Just watching the others out there walking back to there buses and then stopping and actually seeing different Corps mixing together in Half Uniform but uniformed in the expression they had on their faces…
Thank you JESTER, SCV Cadets, Hawthorn Gold, & many other visitors who had their Jaws to the floor! You made my night….