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.
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=)