The air was electric on Saturday morning as we prepared for
the long anticipated first show in Dartmouth, MA. We had an excellent although
brief rehearsal to brush up on tempos and ensemble unity through large chunks of
the show. Our loading process was a
little rusty, having had the luxury of not loading or unloading all of tech
week. Nevertheless, we got onto the road to Dartmouth soon enough. The buzz,
confusion, energy, and excitement when we arrived at Dartmouth was only
compounded by a steady freezing rain. We did our best to maintain a
professional posture amid the melee. The battery warmed up in a tight little
classroom, the front ensemble was moved around the school from one hallway to
another and once settled, we all got together to run some larger chunks of the
show. The confined space caused our sound to be total cacophony. The show was
excellent, and we received a score of 85.1, coming in first place in our
division, and more importantly our best first show score of all time.
the school were we have stayed all week, we unpacked, dried off our equipment,
had some pizza, and went to bed.