First Blood is Drawn & Margaritas are Consumed!

February 23rd, 2008
Chinese New Years’ Parade Judging Results

1st Place – SF Renegades Drum & Bugle Corps
2nd Place – Troop 12 Drum & Bugle Corps

In an urban nightscape of darkness, rain, cheering crowds, floodlights,
shadows and aided by traveling mercenaries from the Anaheim Kingsmen,
Velvet Knights, Kilties and other Drum Corps nomads, the
Renegades marched through the streets of downtown San Francisco in pursuit of
their traditional arch-rivals, the St. Mary’s Drum and Bell Corps.
Pleasing onlookers and television audiences alike, the ensemble retired
to Chevy’s for its annual post-parade celebration.

Having spent the following week drying out from the wet parade and
after-party, the Renegades spent the first weekend of March,
appropriately enough, marching.

Under the instruction and encouragement of marching Puppetmaster Dave
Watrous and his skilled staff, the drums and horns joined forces on the field to successfully complete 17 pages of drill for this year’s show, “Dark City.” Drill for Movement 1: “Prologue to Evil” and the drum feature were wisely given multiple repetitions to get the pieces under the corps’ feet. The last runthrough of the camp was a hard fought step forward in this year’s program. With substantial gains made so far, one can only lament that early
season weekends are not long enough.

The hornline continues to improve as a standstill ensemble and
demonstrated a commendable level of self-discipline. As their numbers
increase and veterans return, the Texas flavored Mellophone section is
emerging and defining its sound. And just when you thought it couldn’t
get any better, this year’s world class Renegade contra section is
stepping up seven notches on the intensity meter. With roughly 75% of
the show’s music available for memorization, the next immediate
obstacle to the hornline’s further improvement rests with how much its
individual members practice between camps. Who could ask for a more
clear-cut challenge?

The Renegades 2008 drumline continued its journey toward greatness and
proved they could march and play last camp. In particular,
listening to this year’s Renegades bass drums invokes sounds of a
well-tuned, robust 1960′s V-6 engine (slant six of course) which is
about to get even more finely tuned in the months to come.

Director Greg Gilman took a few well-spent minutes from practice for
some family time by holding the first “State of the Corps” meeting. As
the Renegades evolve into a member-driven organization in 2008, the
need for open discussion about the corps’ inner workings is essential.
Clearly, the Renegades are extremely fortunate to have the benefit
of long-time organizational experience, which is being complemented by an
environment of volunteerism growing within the active membership. With
so many individual Renegades doing what they can for the good of the
greater tribe, the season can already be declared a success.

Again, the Renegades wish to thank all those who traveled near and far
in joining us for the 2008 Chinese New Year Parade. You are invited back
for next year. A 50/50 chance rain is forecast accompanied by a 100% chance of Margaritas.