Readers of this blog (all two of ya) have met my younger daughter. The other (Heather) is a senior geology major at the College of Wooster. She’s also a die-hard band geek (she marched in high school, and is a member of the College of Wooster Scot Band). One of our traditional family summer activities is one or more Drum Corps International shows. This summer, we got to see the finals in Bloomington IN (a short 3 hour hop, skip, and jump* from Lexington). Needless to say, this was an excellent show. From start to finish, the crowd was contagious. But the crowd’s reaction to the champions’ show was above and beyond. The new champions are the Phantom Regiment; their show theme was the movie Spartacus. There is a point where the corps gets to re-enact the “I am Spartacus” scene; the crowd was so charged that, at that point, many, many in the audience shouted out as well. For fans, the experience was positively electrifying.
DCI will have their championships in Indianapolis for the next several years. I expect you know where I may be found around the 2nd weekend of August for the foreseeable future.
* 3 hr car trips are going to seem real short by the end of the summer. Heather is 5 hrs away, and I get to move her stuff up to Wooster this Friday. Amy will be attending Juniata College, a nifty 9 hrs or so by car (and at least that long a plane trip -one of those “you can’t get there from here” situations).