I've written in detail about the corps and Jordan's involvement here, here, and here, for those interested in the full backstory.
Tomorrow night, Saturday, August 9th, is the 2008 World Championship Competition at Indiana University/Bloomington. Nancy is already on-site, attending the quarter-finals and semi-finals. I will be joining her on Saturday afternoon with my mom, my grandmother, my niece, and one of my nephews. At present, after last night's quarter-finals, the Cavaliers are locked in a death-match with their historical nemesis, The Blue Devils of Concord, Calfornia, coming in second place.
That has been the case all season, at contests across the country. The Cavaliers routinely won first place at all the competitions that did not include The Blue Devils. But when both are on the same bill, they toss it back and forth. The Blue Devils won the DCI championships last year, with the Cav's coming up behind by a razor's edge. This year, the competition between the two corps is hotter than ever. The Blue Devils' show this year is considerably less difficult than the Cavaliers', particularly in terms of the marching, but their music is good, their performance is strong, and they have been able to execute with admirable precision and consistency. The Cavalier's show is considerably more musically ambitious, athletically challenging, artistically original, and visually exciting. If they can nail down a few rough edges in performance, they should be able to take the trophy tomorrow night. But it ain't gonna be no cakewalk, that's for sure.
I wish I could post some video of the show here, because if you haven't ever seen a world-class drum and bugle corps, you really aren't likely to understand what all of the fuss is about. But DCI has that all locked up pretty tight with copyrights, etc. Trust me, this is not a typical marching band contest. You might be able to find some excerpts on YouTube, but in the past all I've seen is previous season highlights. Typically, ESPN will rebroadcast it a few weeks after the competition, and you may be able to see it then.
Here are a few pics we took early in the season when we saw them at a contest in Ohio:
The finale, featuring the Cavaliers. JP is the last Cavalier on the far left, second row, on the very end.
They have a state-of-the-art kitchen truck, easily capable of feeding a 150 or so people a full meal in a very short amount of time.
After the show, hanging out with JP. That's Dan Merkamp, good friend and one of JP's former band directors. His band, Northeastern High School, just won 4th place in the State Fair Band Competition.
The Proudest Mom in the World.