|December Camp = Huge Success
Anne Bragstad, Editor
The Renegades made it through the December Camp this past weekend and accomplished amazing things. The horn line has the full book in their hot little hands! The drum line cranked through the opener, and the pit through the first drum solo. Color guard had an even larger attendance than last camp!! Our writers this month will take you through their detailed views of the weekends rehearsals with stories you will love to hear.<read more>
Looking Forward, Looking Back
Chris Nalls, Director
We have a variety of exciting events to share with you. The first event of the 2004 season will be the annual San Francisco Chinese New Years Parade. This is where we invite anyone and everyone to join the Renegades for a day and march the fun parade. Winding it's way through the streets of the city on Saturday night, February 7th, the parade is the largest celebration of its kind in the world, attracting over three million spectators and television viewers throughout the U.S., Canada, and Asia. And you can perform with us!<read more>
December Camp: Brass Book Finished!
December was a huge camp for the Renegades. Much work went into having the entire musical book learned and played before the year ends. We welcomed new staff member John Meehan with a full book and a lot of horns. The teaming of Blue Devils caption head Scott Johnson with SCV caption head Murray Gusseck was a highlight for percussion, and the guard just doesn't know what to do with all those people!! <see photos and video montage>
A Pit Perspective
New pitsters were getting to know the latest keyboardist, Keirsten who by day works as a teacher. Her presence replaced Calvin who moved into a coveted DM spot. On Sunday, we said hello to Angie (keyboard) who flew out from Phoenix, AZ for just ONE day of rehearsal. Her marching band whooped it up in Palm Springs Saturday night. We greeted Kelli sporting a new pixie haircut, toting mega-blocks, and hauling a Lego-rack created by a good friend. (Note: Got Duplos? Bring em on in!) <read more>
Lani Matsen, French Horn
One of the things that brought me to Renegades, was the promise of marching and playing with a quality horn line. This promise was never more evident to me than it was this past weekend. From the outset of the rehearsal, all the sections dialed in to the instruction of Ed Teleky and Clint Matsen as they worked through part four of the show. The new parts were exiting and driving. For the horn line, it was the first time we all got to work through the new ending for the show together. For my part, practice became almost all consuming at that point. Breaks no longer mattered.<read more>
One Guard Members Perspective
Eric Lopez, Color Guard
The December Camp was a phenomenal success for the 2004 Renegades Color Guard. With over 25 members returning for another season, and an extremely talented group of new members, this years Renegades Color Guard is out to thrill and excite the eyes of the audience with our unique blend of movement, motion, and color. <read more>
Behind the Shades: Rich Skare
Dave Leon, Visual Staff
In this edition of Behind the Shades, we profile Rich Skare, contra player, hype master and one of the most popular members of the Renegades. He chatted with us about his junior and senior corps experiences and what's in store this year with the Renegades.<read more>
Blanket Drive: Thanks to the many generous Renegades who helped us collect nine large bags of blankets and jackets for San Francisco's homeless. An increase from seven bags last year!.
Renegades are thrilled to gain a sponsorship with American Legion Post #1 in San Francisco, CA.
Still Time to Join: Don't let the 2004 season pass you by. Send us an email to tell us you are interested and then join us at Treasure Island on January 13 and 14. Our web site has full info about joining the Renegades.
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