It is Monday August 28th, and I am sitting at work trying to calculate the stuff that my brain has to do before my behind leaves for DCA. In the past four months, I have been taken back to a place where I love…PERFORMING. I have met some awesome and talented people, who have taught me the meaning of living in the moment. I have also seen people overcome loss and grief so big that I cannot imagine finding the strength to do it. I have seen 20 people in the Guard want to continually be better, and who will stop at nothing until count 7, yes…count 7 is clean. I have learned that Performing never really leaves you. I have learned that perfection is at times a caviot to insanity. I also learned that Lee has a strong funny bone when knocked with a rifle. (Sorry again). I have learned that I am never to old to do what I love. Most of all I have learned that adversity does create strength and resilence among people. Most of all I have learned that I love this activity because of WHAT it does teach you at any age. It has taught me to never give up on myself or others around me. I have learned that despite challenges a small group of people can turn ripples in waves.
As I prepare to leave for my first DCA World Championships…many emotions are running through my head…nervous, excited, scared shitless, and most of all proud to be part of a organization that within the last four months has had to overcome a lot, but in the end we have pulled through and are ready to go show the East Coast what we are about. See you in Rochester
Many times I have heard people refer to drum corps as a big family. This past weekend showed me just that. Last week my life changed suddenly with the loss of my mother. Needless to say I was worried about taking off a week of rehearsal and having to play catch up this final weekend at Mars. I also realized that sometimes I’m too hard on myself and need to breath and relax more. As soon as I got to rehearsal I was overwhelmed by the support and love that I felt from my Renegade family.
This whole summer has been a challenge for the guard and somehow I think we’re pulling through. We had a great weekend!! Everyone was really working together and things are really happening now. I can’t wait to show DCA what we can do. It might have been a crazy summer but we are here and ready to be great!! I will just as proud as ever to take the field with my Renegade family.
It’s time to get on the bus. . . I mean plane!!!
Here we go Again !!!
Come to Mars to see what the Renegades have done after five weeks of intense rehearsal away from the rest of the drum corps activity, as they prepare for the 2006 DCA World Championships.
Renegades Family Day 2006
Saturday, August 26 at 8:00 p.m.
Blue Devils Rehearsal Field, aka “Mars”
4065 Nelson Ave
Concord CA 94520
There are officially 7 days left until I get on a plane and go to DCA. I have never been more excited that I am now. I am so excited to see everything and everyone come together. We have suffered some personal and profound losses within our group as a whole. What does not kill us will make us stronger. As the last weekend of camp approaches I am going into it with a positive happy attitude. Life is too short to worry about where someone elses count 1 is. As long as my step off and my count 1 are correct that is all that matters. So many times I think we are swept up into trying to be the best that we forget why were here. See you on 50…
Seriously now… Would YOU want to compete at the DCA Snare I&E competition against a guy who looks like this?
Especially when he’s armed with a group of Lebanese Umpires?
DCA Snare Drum I&E 2006: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.
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.