Thursday, August 09, 2007

Cavalier's Update

The DCI Drum & Bugle Corps season is almost over, culminating in Pasadena this weekend at the world championship competition. The Cavaliers arrived there today and will no doubt be rehearsing relentlessly. They are clearly in the top 3 contenders, but the competition is fierce between them, the Blue Devils from Concord, CA, and The Cadets, from Allentown, PA. Honestly, at this point, it is way too close to call.

As usual, you can click on the photos for larger renderings.

Here are some pictures from the recent contest at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. This is considered one of the last, big contests before the finals. The Cavaliers came in second place, behind the Blue Devils by 0.6 of a point. This is a shot of the finale performance.

For this performance, we got to go with Jordan's grandparents, and his great-grandma, which was really excellent. It was their first opportunity to see the Cavaliers in action. They had never seen a drum corps competition and had a great time. To say that they are proud of JP is a massive understatement.

In this photo, you can see JP, the 5th trumpet from the end, in the back row.

He has made some great friends in this group. The Cavaliers are like a fraternity, a brotherhood that stretches across generations.

After the finale, we were able to walk down from our seats and talk to JP. He was so glad to see his grandparents and great-grandma. And they were tickled, too.

After the show, at about 11:45 pm, the corps went back to the buses, packed up its gear, and served a meal for 135+ young men. Nancy walked back to the buses with Jordan and I drove the folks there, so we got to spend some quality time with him before they headed out to drive back to Chicago. Here they are giggling about something...

Here is JP with his grandfather.

And with his mom, who couldn't be more proud.

He will fly home this Sunday from Pasadena. Hopefully he'll be here for a couple of days, but then it is off to Bloomington to move into a new house and get geared up for another semester at IU.


Heidi said...

This is very exciting to see. I was a piccolo in marching band at the U. of Iowa and always thought DCI was so COOL!!! Back then I had always wished that I had chosen to play trumpet to could have had a chance to try out for DCI. (Oh well... I probably would not have been good enough to make it!) Kudos to your son!

gpike said...

I love the one of Jordan and the grandmas in the backseat of the car. Grandma looks like she's about to pass out.