By: Dallas Burgess – Program Coordinator
It is amazing at how fast time really does fly. People say it all the time, but when you really stop and think about it, in our little corner of the world, in the drum corps activity, time really does fly. From camp to camp and everything in between, the off-season really isn’t “off” at all. It’s just not the meat and potatoes, so to speak. The camps and administrative work that goes on before the summer are the preparation and ingredients.
In our Caption Head and Design meetings, we had set the goal to get as much learned on the field as we could since we would have everyone at this camp. We wanted to see what the members were capable of. And boy, did they surpass expectations.
Friday night was the typical registration and sectionals while the El Paso team was on the road traveling to camp. After sectional rehearsal, the corps bedded down for the evening to get rest before a long drum corps Saturday.
Saturday was the busiest day of the season thus far and started in the 0600 hour. Elizabeth Galloway let the mornings tabata PT session to get the day started in my absence since I am overseas. After breakfast, each section had a brief period of sectionals to get warmed up before starting into the opener drill. Members came prepared with drill sheets and dot books in hand hungry to get “Crossroads” on the field. Once our drill learning system got into its flow, it was game on. Before lunch, 24 charts were on the field. During the lunch break, members were fitted for their “Viper” marching shoes, our selected brand for 2012. Then it was right back to the opener.
At 1p.m., The Board members and Admin Team that were present, and me via speaker phone and Skype attended the beginning of the DCI review meeting with Dan Acheson. Many things were discussed about the now and the future of Forte. The meeting went very well and resulted in more tools for the success of Forte as a whole. After the meeting, Dan had an opportunity to get out to the field for some good ‘ole fashion drum corps. The corps continued on and by the end of the drill learning portion, completed 48 charts of drill. Not only that, but this drill was coordinated to music. This has set the tone for May camp. Granted, April being what it is, there is a great deal of cleaning to do and that goes without saying. In the evening, members got measured for uniforms as is typical for an April camp. Hillot Rogers, a trumpet player, posted a picture on the Forte Brass Facebook page that made me smile. It was a whole bunch of bodies in the gym racked out on the floor before lights out. Welcome to drum corps! If only those of us long aged out could do that again, but I digress……
Sunday saw a recap of everything and more ensemble time with the day ending at noon and the housing and rehearsal facilities cleaned by 1. May and Everydays will see the recap of part 1 and the learning of part 2 while giving even more attention to fundamentals both visually and musically. Now we can see what Forte is capable of and what we will be able to accomplish. The work ethic of these kids is incredible. They don’t question why. They don’t give up, even when they’re tired and sore. They just keep pushing for more with an “Is that all you got?” attitude. This is the way it should be. They are what this activity is all about. Education, experience and development. These kids are why we do this.
The Forte Family is strong. It is not just a saying. It’s an ideology. It’s a living, breathing, tangible idea that you can literally see in action. Our Family is strong. We are going to have a great season!