Jul 2, 2008 1:04am
Dennis Ian S Arocena

Hey everyone! Sorry it's been a while since I put in an entry, I haven't had much access to the internet as well as pretty much everyone else in the corps. Let me try and wrap up what's happened in the last 1 1/2 weeks or so before lights out in a couple minutes. Family Day was a blast, it was so much fun to watch the B and C corps as well as the Renegades and Vanguard Cadets. Stockton was a good show. I remember that show from last year and enjoyed it alot, even tho it was hot since we went on during the day. Summerville was hard, but not as bad as I remember from last year. The Clovis show was hard because the field was very spongey and hurt to march on (I have VERY bad shin splints). Walnut and Riverside were AWESOME shows. I love performing at those venues.

Our free day on Monday was great. We went to Newport Beach! That area is so nice, alot better than most of the places in New Jersey (Sorry East Coast)

And then today (Happy July!) was ridiculously hot here in Yucaipa, CA. Apparently it got up to about 115 degrees on the turf practice field here! But it cooled down in time for ensemble and we had a really really good run thru of our show. Changes are being made and I can't wait for people to see them Thursday in San Diego.

And my mom is flying all the way out from Pennsylvania for the San Diego show, so another great thing to look forward to!

Alright, it's lights out. Good night everyone!
Jun 23, 2008 12:30am
Dillon Miller

First show is in the books. Lots of stuff to clean, a closer to put in, should be a great/hard/hot/sweaty four days in Summerville!

I am excited to see how this show is going to develop. This corps is really talented, and it will be fun to see how far we can take this show.

I guess we are watching "Mean Girls" now, so the guard is complaining that my laptop is too bright... TTYL

Jun 21, 2008 2:36am
Dillon Miller

Hello, my name is Dillon, and I am in my second and final year in The Line.

Today was my last day at mars, ever, and it has some bittersweet feelings.

When I am at mars, and I see the board with "A Don Ellis Portrait" painted on it, all of the trailers with the B square on it, etc., I am struck with the realization of how many amazing shows were created on this field, how many rings were won with sweat and dust on this field in the past 26 years (or however long we've had mars). I feel like a little kid again, sitting in the center of the BD horn arc for the first time, just in awe for a moment that I have been given the opportunity to be a Blue Devil, let alone two times.

...then, after five sets of opener drill, the cloud of dust resumes it's reign over the field, two people trip on gopher hills, mike gets hurt while sprinting, and I can't wait to be out of mars and on the road again...

So yeah, it is a definite mix of good and bad feelings, but I welcome the challenges that await me while on the road.

Jun 20, 2008 3:29pm
Heather Gavin
Color Guard

Hello all! Everyone is packing up right now so I decided to blog since I'm done with that. Tonight is the last rehearsal at Mars. Only five more hours of being on the dustiest field ever. I know I'm going to miss it. There's no place else like Mars.
The first "show" is tomorrow and I can't wait to perform. We'll only be doing through Part 3, but you're still going to love it. The energy on the field is so high throughout the whole performance. Plus tonight I'm picking up my parents from the airport so they can come to Family Day tomorrow and take my car back to Oregon. Words can't describe how excited I am to have my parents watch me as a Blue Devil. When we go up to Oregon it'll be even better because my two brothers and sister will also be there. What can I say, I have a big family and they love the activity as much as I do.
Good luck to the corps who also have their first show tomorrow. All days are over and the season is finally starting :) Let's get this show on the road!

Jun 18, 2008 3:39am
Brian Howard
Drum Major

HEY! Everybody. My name is Brian I am one the three "A" Corps Drum Majors. I am from Moreno Valley, Ca and this is my third year in the corps.

This has been a great 5 week "all-days" and its still not over. Everything is going well. Everyone is sick of Mars, but hey it makes us tough. Summerville will be great, and I think everyone is excited for the first show. All days are fun though, the bbq's (Todd Ryan's are BD Bosters), some football, frisbee, and volleyball is all awesome.

This will be a good year for drum corps and Blue Devils.

The show is great, and we can't wait to for the first show.
Come to Family Day and Precision West on the 21st. There is nothing better than performing for the home crowd. I'm looking forward to all the good food, friends, almuni, family, it will be a good day.Plus B and C corps, there will be lots of Blue Devils to see.

You will hear from me again soon.

Jun 16, 2008 8:58pm
Brandon Bridges

Hey there everyone! Oh my gosh! ONE MORE WEEK!
One more week on the dirt and grass field that is Mars. I'm so excited to finally be going on tour... But at the same time, I don't want to leave my friends, though I kinda already have.
Oh well... Family Day is going to be loads of fun. I remember my first family day, standing next to the A Corps guys. It was AWESOME! Now I'm at the other end, and now there's people who look up to me.
Our show is coming along really well. I'm really excited. The music is so moving, the drill is getting cleaner everyday. I don't know if the word clean can be used in comparative or superlative form, but I just did. So yeah. It's going to be an awesome show when we step out on the field on Saturday.
Well, I must be heading off. Going to see The Incredible Hulk with my brothers while I'm still in town.

Jun 16, 2008 3:45pm
Heather Gavin
Color Guard

Yo! My name is Heather Gavin I'm 19 years old and from Portland, OR. I've been lucky enough to be around the colorguard activity since '95 and marching since '00. If my body can survive till my age-out in 2010, I will have marched seven years of drum corps. Of course this summer I'm marching Blue Devils "A" on the colorguard. Tomorrow the girls are finding out which ten are on the sabre line, so I can't say which line I'm on yet. Just keep your fingers crossed.
The show is coming together very smoothly. We had a chance to add a bit of Part 4 yesterday and will hopefully completing it on Tuesday. Being a rookie, everything is so exciting to me. Whether it's drill, choreography, dance class, or even getting Slurpees during lunch I am loving being a Blue Devil. The colorguard is very talented this year and it's going to take each and every one of us to reach our goals of 12 and 13.
That's all for now. Hello to all of my friends around the country. Come watch us this summer. It'll be a show you won't forget.

Jun 16, 2008 3:27pm
Nick Wideman

Hello everyone who may be reading. The past week has been very productive for the corps. Almost the whole corps is finally getting moved in and we're making great progress. I'm excited for what we'll accomplish this season. Precision West/Family Day is this upcoming weekend, and it should be great! I'm happy I'll get to see my family and friends that I haven't seen in awhile and perform our show for the first time in uniform.

All days have flown by for me. I can't believe we have less than a week at MARS. Everything here is fairly new to me so I'm not going crazy yet, but I do know the feeling of being in one place for a long time and how that gets. I'm just surprised it's already almost time to start touring.

The show is coming together quite nicely. We should be learning the rest of it this week and putting everything together. Our rehearsals and runs have been going quite well and the show is bound to be amazing. I love performing it. We have the chance to truly perform and characterize ourselves in this year's show and its so much fun.

Although all of this rehearsal can be kind of rough, the satisfaction you get when you perform your show along with 149 other people for an audience makes it all completely worth it. I honestly haven't thought too much about the competitive aspect of drum corps yet. I've been concentrating on my performance, but I know that element of corps will come soon enough.

I've noticed I have moments when I'm happy this is the last time I will have to do drum corps, but with those moments come the sad ones when I wish I had more time. I love drum corps. I can't say I love everything about it (basics, running) but I do love what it gives you in return for all of your efforts and the friendships you build in the process.

Before I go, I want to say thanks to everyone who has supported my drum corps career and everyone here at the Blue Devils. I'm so grateful to all the alumni and supporters of BD and all they give us. My experience wouldn't be what it is without them. So thank you all!!

Hope everyone is having a good summer. I know I am. Come out to a show and check out what it is we've been crafting. Say hi too! I'm off to San Francisco for our free day. Take care all!

P.S. Thanks for the email Lisa!
Jun 14, 2008 1:27am
Dennis Ian S Arocena

Hey everyone! Just got done a long day of rehearsal today. For those of you who have heard our preseason recording, Part 3 (our ballad) and Part 4 (our closer) are completely changed for the most part, both musically and visually. They're still the same pieces, just rewritten. We've spent the last 2 days working on the ballad, and we're getting the closer tomorrow with one week left before our first show! I'm really excited for tomorrow not only to learn the end of the show, but because everyone in the corps should FINALLY be moved in and done with high school and finals for the colleges that get out of school late.

I'd like to take the time to thank Myron Melnyk. Myron (I'm assuming) read my first blog entry and sent me an email wishing me good luck this upcoming season. Apparently, Myron and I have several things in common. He marched baritone for the Blue Devils back in 1975, he's from the East (Toronto), and we have the same birthday! I'd just like to say thanks to him for sending me words of encouragement and it's so nice to know how much the alumni of this great organization still support its members and are vital to our success!

It's been REALLY hot at Mars the past couple days. It's reached over 90 degrees probably the last 4 days, although I think I'm getting used to it. Today was bearable because of the breeze blowing in from the bay. Yesterday had almost no breeze and was just awful to march in during the day. I'm just glad it's not like the humid heat back home in Pennsylvania, but I still can't wait for the West Chester, PA and Allentown shows. I can't wait to see my friends, family, and my girlfriend Kara, a colorguard member of the Jersey Surf. And I'd like to just say good luck to the Jersey Surf at their first show in Bayonne, NJ at the Bridgemen homeshow! I remember back in 2006 when I marched Surf and we played Battle Hymn of the Republic with them as an encore to their show!

This weekend should be a great weekend for the drum corps, learning our closer and getting ready for Family Day/Precision West next Saturday! I can't believe this is our last week at Mars. These past three or so weeks of all days have gone by so fast. Oh, and if you get a chance, watch the Blue Devils C Corps! Last year I was so impressed by them at Family Day, I think they definitely beat us that day! And this year I can't wait to see their show again.

Sorry some of the thoughts are scrambled, but I've got to get some sleep and get ready for the next two days.

Bye everyone!
Jun 10, 2008 12:22am
Brandon Bridges

Hey everyone! Hope your summer is going great. I know mine is.
Man, days off are pretty cool. I love being able to just relax and do what I want when I want. Laundry, car washing, packing, all that jazz. Another thing that I like doing on free days is trying to keep my body in check. So I went to my alma mater to run on the new track, and it was CLOSED! Yeah, go figure! Man, I was upset. So I went home, ate a spaghetti and meatballs dinner, and napped for a good 3 hours. Like I said, I LOVE free days.
Packing for tour is a bit more of a hassle than years past. Like I said I marched the B Corps for 3 years, and our tours weren't quite as extensive as this one's going to be. So it's quite a mind game, playing a bit of Tetris with my suitcase.
Well, I'm out of here. Gotta get some sleep before another AWESOME day of rehearsal.
Oh, and Fresno State won the College World Series. GO DOGS

And one more thing!..... if you have anything you want to ask me, hit me up. My contact info is in my profile here. I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. :)
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