Why Renegades?

Why not.

Stomp Blog

Well this evening I found Greg (aka “Gilman”) online, and he has (in his usual way) convinced me to post on this blog. Exciting. Time consuming. Always Entertaining.

He also convinced me to create “Stomp Blog”. This is a very Stomper-like statement, but I feel a little like Leonard Nimoy. He released a book titled I am not Spock detailing why people should, in short, leave him the hell alone. Later he decided that ‘Hey, being Spock is kind of nice, and the movie deals aren’t bad either’ and released I am Spock. No one read either, but it fits my predicament. I have wrestled with acceptance of “Stomper” for a long time, and although I don’t have a movie deal (yet), being a peusdo-online-drumcorps-cult-celebrity is very intriguing.

So unless I come to my senses, I will have a blog that will involve me stomping a different item each post, and featuring it in some odd way with verbage. On the short list- George Hopkins, and a CD of menudo (I don’t own one…I am sure someone has one as a coaster that they can donate) .

i love drum corps

I love drum corps. Plain and simple. Whenever something goes wrong in life there is drum corps to help you through it. You can pour your heart and soul into learning your show and soon all your troubles are far away. You realize that all the stupid stuff you go through in life doesn’t compare to that 11 minutes you’re on the field in front of a stadium full of fans. For those 11 minutes your troubles are nowhere to be found. So whenever you feel blue, or things just aren’t going right, take solace in drum corps. I know I do.

It’s George Hopkins day on Evil DCP. Help celebrate the man, the myth, and extrame chaos.

All at once.

Or something like that.


Floating Drum Corps

This video link got sent to me by a non-drum corps friend. No… I have no clue who it is. But I’m intrigued given that Renegades have this huge body of water around San Francisco.

Anyone know if they make barges larger than a football field?

See you on the barge,

- Greg

Drum Corps Video Podcasts on iTunes

PodcastThe first two drum corps podcasting on the iTunes music store? Santa Clara Vanguard and the Blue Devils (iTunes links). Big kudos to both for leaping into the video podcasting world. Good job!

There’s also a lot of other drum-corps-related podcasts on iTunes that I haven’t checked out yet. Anyone else tried them?

See you on iTunes,

- Greg


I can’t even begin to express how totally excited I am about this year’s opportunities to perform with the Renegades. I had thought that last year would be my last, seeing how life decided to go from zero to lightspeed in about seven seconds flat. But in the course of dealing with a life gone suddenly out of control the Renegades were there letting me be the only thing I could/can be…



So here I am, back for another year! And what a year it’s going to be. I couldn’t believe the coolness of the parts we got at the first camp. …nor the difficulty. Fun stuff indeed!

I find myself practicing probably more than I’ve ever practiced before. Okay, well, I did practice more when I was still playing Clarinet (my pricipal) and a music major. But since then…nah. I play by ear and love just immersing myself in the line, letting the music flow through me until it makes sense. Then, the parts just come of their own accord. But this year, there is the extra added challenge of range. o.o I’ve never ever in my life seen such high French Horn parts, and it’s GREAT! So it’s siren calls for this girl during practice sessions. That means I’m starting at the lower note, say A in this instance (gosh are those high on Frenchie. o.o) and then making a siren sound as I move up to the octave of the note, the high A. ‘s good stuff, challenging, but good.

There is so much potential and promise this year in the Renegades…how could I stay away? A chance to perform with amazing musicians, to have the horn guru of horn gurus teaching us again, to recieve such killer parts with the expectation of being able to play said parts (and I will play ‘em…just see if I don’t!). It’s the stuff that makes life interesting and exciting!

It’s also the stuff that makes me late for work when I stop to blog. LOL! So off I dash for the time being! But I’ll be back!

Play loud!