Over My Head


Photo: Patty McKenna (This pic is from our very first show.)

I’ve been feeling in waaaaaaaaaaaaay over my head in color guard. Staffers will call out commands that I have no idea of the meaning of, like, “If it’s windy, spin outside the silk more.” Or something like that. Anyway, there’s just so much stuff that everyone seems to know except me, and there are only so many times I can bug the person next to me for help.

It’s like when you audition for a writing assignment and you get it. And then you realize you don’t know if you can actually DO the writing to the editor’s/publisher’s standards. And you think, uh oh. What have I done?

But we’ve done three shows now, and I’m getting better, tiny bit by tiny bit. At each practice, I learn more of what I’m doing wrong and how to make it right. The hope is that by the finals in September, I’ll actually be able to complete the show without major errors!

Anyway, here’s our show from DCI Minnesota, last Saturday here in the Twin Cities. You can’t tell who’s who in uniform, but I’m the front oar on the right side, both in the entrance onto the field and in the opener oar work. I’m calling your attention to the oar work, because next week, I’ll share an embarrassing snippet of my trying to learn this oar work. Yikes.

(Previous drum corps posts here.)

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