Our first performance is tomorrow and I’m so excited that I really just can’t wait for tomorrow to begin.
The past couple of weeks have been an absolute flurry of activity as people have busied themselves preparing for this concert, and now it’s just around the corner. I spent the bulk of my Saturday preparing for this very show. Uniform freshly pressed, horn polished and cleaned I found myself with an entire afternoon of quiet time… the baby had gone down for a nap and the other little one was at the back mooking about. Out came midis and the must and away I went,working through my show, discovering that all the parts have finally clicked together…
I so can’t wait…
The first thing I learned about Treasure Island is how beautiful it is for rehearsal. The second thing I learned about Treasure Island is that the weather man is always wrong! No matter what the weather guys say it will always be different on TI. The sun finally came out this past weekend!! The sun brought with it lots of great new and returning guard folks!! It was wonderful to see old friends and meet the new ones as well.
Saturday started with dance class. We did all the normal stretching and warming up and then learned a combination that was great at working our minds and our bodies. Then it was equipment work time. We caught up all the new people with the warm ups and then learned a rifle routine. One of the best parts of the warm up was hearing all the rifles spinning together. This is definitely one of the most talented guards I have ever spun with. There is a vibe about us this year. I don’t know if I’ve ever been looking forward to a summer as much as this one.
Sunday, which was to be the “nice” day of the weekend started out cold, dreary and full of “heavy air” just perfect for learning drill!!! The guard flew through the pages. We were learning everything backwards which was a little tough at first but really made out brains have to work. The guard caught up and passed the rest of the corps in learning the drill.
Sunday afternoon was putting it all together. One thing that I really like this year is that it seems like all the sections are really working together. Yes we have a colorguard, a drumline and a hornline but when we’re on the field it feels like we’re all there together for a purpose. Since we are all on the same page, it’s going to be amazing what we can accomplish.
Lee said something about last year and it taking until LMS to really get the corps going. Well this year, I think we’re ahead of that by a week or so. It’s going to be an incredible summer. This is definitely going to be a Renegades season not to be missed!!
This past weekend was something ive been waiting for since performing with a DCI corps in 2001!! All I can is WOW. The feeling of running around the field, the confusion on peoples faces as we learn new drill moves, then playing on the field after learning it and actually retaining all of the information that we aquired slammed into our evil brains!!!
The sun was actually shinning…. The guard, The Horns, The Drumline & Pit all meeting up together as we only seen each other from a distance.
I was Extremely excited from this past weekend and now I remember why I wanted to march Drum Corps again… it is true, the View Is Better from the field! I dont care if it was a one person audience to a million people watching us. The difference is, I wasnt one of those guys watching from the outside dreaming how it would feel to have a horn in my hands again and running around the field with it! But actually pleasing the crowd, just like those guys riding their Bikes stopping to watch us practice. They even put a smile on my face because they were amazed from what they saw (even if they didnt know the technical side of it).. they were amazed!
Im doing it now and proud of doing it!
My evil little brain is forming now….
It seems to be that EVERYONE now has a MySpace account and just recently.. CJ has been keeping RenegadeSpace all fresh and hip for the MySpace Community..
So check out the new page and leave comments and so forth.
I think this could be a great tool to reach out to potential members interested in joining the corps and spreading word around… (ahhmmm) LMS 7!!!!
A lot of people are now using this site as their website and as their Everyday email… So join and become The Renegades Friend!!!
See you guys networking MySpace.com
FYI, we now have a promotional “podcast” interview of Trip Device, one of the artists performing at LMS 7 at
Go to the artist photo on the webpage, and click on the interview, it’s pretty cool. Trip Device’s music kick’s *ss, and is getting some serious radio play right now. Check out Trip Device at tripdevice.com.
Special thanks to Joe Wilt, Dave Leon and Greg Gilman for making this happen.