gdillon87 (gdillon87) wrote in crossmenbrass,

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Spray Can Shenanigans

We're finally in the last week, "the home stretch" if you will, of spring training and I have mixed feelings about it. I'm really excited because we're finally going to get on the road and start our tour, which is the fun part, and the only reason why we march drum corps (who would march drum corps just to do a month of all day rehersals???). Once we start playing shows, it'll be sort of a reality check for the drum corps. It's really easy to get caught up in the day-to-day monotony of spring training and lose focus during reherals, zone out, and give less than your best. It'll be nice to get in front of some screaming, cheering crowds; it'll be really motivating for everyone. On the other hand, it's been very shocking to me to realize just how fast this summer is going, even this early on in the game. The three summers that I've marched always seemed like an eternity, but here we are in day 18 (I think) of spring training and it seems like it's been only a week. I guess it's not really that bad seeing as how we have 60 more days of tour, but that doesnt even sound like a lot; at least right now it doesnt....

So yesterday during the morning visual rehersal, we were learning some more new drill for the closer  with the full corps (we have a TON of drill). Pretty much my only job during rehersals is to run the Dr. Beat metronome the whole time, and paint sets for people on the field. 2+ weeks straight with the metronome can be a very mind numbing job so I have to do find other ways to occupy myself instead of standing in the same spot for 4 hours. I usually do arm exercises with the long ranger machine that amplifies the metronome, and I do tricks with paint cans flipping then and spinning them, kind of like a bar tender would do "flair tricks" with bottles. Yesterday, as I was standing on the back of the field with my paint can, Jarrett called a "reset" command for everyone to go back to their spots to run the segment over again. I dropped the can to the ground without any thought of where it might land, it hit the corner of the long ranger, and with a loud HISS it punctured and sprayed paint <i>everywhere</i>. I had to pick up the spewing can and toss it away otherwise everyones stuff nearby would have been totally ruined. Unfortunately however, the ranger got painted, and peoples bags nearby got covered in paint specks....

I'm very excited about our "ballad" this year; its gonna be <B>SWEET</b>, keep a lookout for that........

That's about it for today. I don't know how frequently I'll be able to update this thing when we're on the road because we won't have an admin office setup like we do now, but I'll do my best.

Garrett Dillon

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Thanks for posting your stories, now just get some of your friends to post too. Fans want to know everything :-)