Camp Photos!

Camp Photos!

Haiku on a theme …

We love seeing pics
of the past weekends full camp.
Join us in the fun.

Sunshiney Cali.
Makes me feel bad for Minn Brass,
they march in the snow.

More work on the show.
Things are coming together.
Can’t wait for August.

I know these aren’t good,
but i’m really bored at work.
Wish I was at camp.

Parade this weekend.
Lots of people coming out.
What fun we will have!!

Checkpoint Alpha

I kept pictures from the early days with the corps because Lee told me one day they’d be funny to look at, but I had no idea how soon “one day” would be. If your exposure to the Renegades began circa DCA 2002, you will probably be surprised to see how small and…uh…”un-evil” the corps looked in the beginning.

When I look back at photos like this, taken in 1998, it seems like just yesterday, but also a lifetime ago. Nobody outside the organization thought senior corps stood much of a chance of catching on in California, but we didn’t care. We didn’t know what we were doing, but we knew if we kept it up one day this drum corps might really be something. Something worth all the hours of practice we put into it, and something that deserved its place on the same field with the junior corps we marched in a few years earlier (OK, a lot of years earlier for some of us).

Early in the corps development, I worked with the Board to put together a plan with some pretty lofty goals. Goal #1 was to join DCI and put a full show – including drill – on the field within five years. We beat that goal by two years when our show, unofficially titled “The Music of Every Drum Corps Ever Disqualified by DCI”, hit the field the summer of 2000. By the end of the five-year plan, the corps was taking the field in Scranton, PA for the 2002 DCA Championships…something I don’t think the original Board would have dreamed up in our craziest moment.

It’s unbelievable to think how far the Renegades have come in such a short time. From seven musicians practicing in an indoor rifle range, to these crazy loud rock stars taking their place on senior corps’ biggest stage. Drum corps, they grow up so fast….

Red Shirts!!!

It’s here!!!!

It’s here, it’s here, it’s here!!! My red shirt for CNY (Chinese New Year) is finally here! In fact… it’s here a good five days BEFORE said I should expect it so I feel quite rewarded in my purchase. It was a great bargain, fits well and will look GREAT!


I found out today that my eldest daughter gets to go to the parade WITH ME!!!!! WOOHOO! L* gets to hang out with the Renegades for a day! WOOOOOOOOT!!!

paradiddle, paradiddle, paradiddle, diddle

It’s only February and already drum speak has taken over my mind. In between camps that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing-practicing, practicing and yes, practicing some more. This is my first year playing bass drum and I’ve got a long way to go to make the line. Even though I’ve been told I’m in, I want to feel that I’ve earned the spot. I guess it’s like most things in life you achieve-you crave that feeling of accomplishment. Kind of like learning a show in the winter and come Labor Day weekend you look back and go holy cow, look how far we came!! Tonight I’m at work killing time and one of my friends says to me you’re walking around aimlessly with something on your mind. I said I know, I’m practicing. He just smiles and says o.k. Yeah, it may have looked strange, but I didn’t care I have drum speak on the brain!

Loud IS Good!

So… I was at my son’s school the other day to pick the little man up. Who should I see in the parking lot, but one of mom’s best friends, a very conservative lady. She was just pulling in with a friend to pick up her son. We chatted briefly as her friend left and she glanced at my shirt then said laughing.

“My friend saw your shirt and said, ‘wow…now there’s a shirt you’d NEVER wear.’”


I looked down at my shirt…Loud is Good prominantly displayed across the front of my jet black Renegades jersey.

“Well then… she just doesn’t get it.” I replied.

LOL… Loud IS good!


Camp!! Camp!! Camp!! Camp!!

Guess what I’m doing this weekend??? *bounce, bounce*

Well, of course i’m spending another long weekend with the Renegades, but it does fly by so fast! More music is heading our way, as we’re still pounding through the stuff we played through 3 weeks ago. Has it really only been 3 weeks?!?!?

Then SUPER BOWL PARTY on Sunday!! Whoohoo! Who will win? I dunno!! Who cares? There’s beer!!

And next weekend, the Chinese New Year’s Day Parade is upon us! We have wannabe “Renegades for a Day” coming out from across the U.S. just to come hang out with us!! How Cool is that? Cats are coming all the way out from Maine, New York, Florida, Kentucky, Las Vegas!! I know I can’t wait to meet everyone … it should definitely be good times!

Oh, and the afterparty is ALWAYS … um … well … pretty crazy. :)

So … quit your excuses folks … come check us out this weekend! You don’t have to come to play, but come to watch. I must warn you though: The music will suck you in …

How Low Brass Sees High Brass

We’ve all had a run through that has felt like this.

Just Click Here to see what I mean.