July 18th- 22nd (Santa Clara, California)
Vanguard Cadets met one last time at the Corps Hall in Santa Clara, loaded buses and departed for their cross country tour. Family and Friends were on hand to send off the Corps. Over the next four days, stopping only at night to sleep, the Corps rehearsed in the morning, had lunch, and got back on the buses each day. “I wanted to give members the experience of cross country traveling, like when I marched back in the day,” said Director Steve Barnhill.
July 23-24th – (Oskaloosa, Iowa)
The Corps moved in for three days at William Penn University, where host Terry DeJone, director of athletic bands and SCV Alumni, welcomed them. Terry marched 1983 and played snare, and was given field time with the Corps where he told some stories and even shared his music book from when he marched. Members were surprised to see music all printed by hand, not the computer notation of today. On Thursday, the Horns and Drums went downtown for a special performance at a town celebration. After performing, an invite was given to the town to an open rehearsal and special uniform performance where approximately 100 people attended.
July 26th – Legends Drum Corps Open (Paw Paw, Michigan)
After 8 days of traveling and rehearsing, Saturday’s night show would be the first competitive performance while on tour and the first time competing against six corps SCVC has not yet seen this season until now. The Bass Drums also unveiled beautiful new heads to match the theme of the show, “The Road Not Taken.” At the gate, the Corps was extremely focused and marched into the stadium on fire. “The Road Not Taken” was well received by the audience and judges and was awarded first place with a score of 73.40.
July 28th – Emerald City Music Games (Dublin, Ohio )
This would be the first time both SCVC and SCV were at the same show since July 1st at Pacific Procession in Santa Clara, California. Being the only Open Class corps performing for the night, the Corps treated it like any other performance and executed as expected. Executive Director Jeff Fiedler was there to watch the Corps and even stopped by to talk to the members after the show to give some words of advice.
July 29th – Legends Drum Corps Invitational (Troy, Michigan)
With an early rise, the Corps left Ohio and drove 4 hours to Clarkston, Michigan for two days. Trying to beat the dark clouds heading towards the field, they had a productive short rehearsal and great run-through. Once dismissed, members immediately loaded the truck and got inside before the rain came, and it did! After dinner and show prep, they headed down the road to Troy, Michigan for the Legends Drum Corps Invitational. With dark clouds lurking in the distance, the Corps stepped onto the field bringing with them the intense look and feel of Santa Clara. From start to finish, the crowd really got into the show with cheers and applause after every production. The Corps was awarded first place with a score of 74.85. Vanguard Cadets will have their next performance this Saturday, August 1st in Avon Lake, Ohio. #GOSCVC #VanguardCadets #SCVC2014 #TheRoadNotTaken Photos courtesy of SCVC support staff member Yong “Bear” The