Vanguard Cadets: Interview with Assistant Corps Director Mannie Cabarloc
In the midst of an important weekend of competition in the Bay Area with their show “The Road Not Taken,” the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets are in the midst of another successful season. We had a chance to interview Mannie Cabarloc, Assistant Corps Director, to find out how things have been going for the Corps.
How is your season going?
This season we came out of the gate on fire! There is a great vibe every day at rehearsal and both staff and members are always taking it to the next level. The members are getting stronger day by day, and their performance at shows is displaying it.
What are you expecting the audience to understand from the show?
That life is a journey and we all are given choices. Some we have to work and fight for, and some blessings in disguise.
Our show is very demanding, and we are asking a lot from our members. But at the end of the day, the audience will always take away with them their own ideas and feelings about the show.
Are there certain parts of the show you want to highlight for the audience?
Everything! There are so many layers and elements to our show. Every time I watch the run through, I see something new. We just want the audience to enjoy what the members are doing on the field.
How is the travel and daily routine going, especially for the younger and newer members?
The traveling has been easy since we are still local and are waiting to depart on our National Tour at the end of July. The Corps finished its first mini tour with a week of local “9-9s” and another week of overnights in Denair, CA. While in Denair, we finished the show and had a special performance for the local community. That led into our three-show weekend, awarding us 1st place at all shows: Clovis, Stanford, and Sacramento. We then gave the members four days off to spend time with family and came back on fire with a late June camp right before our fourth [competition] at Pacific Procession in Santa Clara.
What is the age range for the Corps?
SCVC allows members from the ages of 14-21, with an average age of 17. Our members come from local surrounding cities, and from other states as far as Oregon, Texas, and even Hawaii.
Where are you in your production schedule? Have you finished the show?
Our main mission was to have a complete show on the field by our first competition in Clovis. We met that goal, and are now adding and developing the show even more. The members are like sponges and take to the new changes quickly, allowing our creative staff to add even more. We will continue to add and develop the show all the way up until Finals.
After another 1st place finish last night in Sacramento, you can see the defending DCI Open Class Champion Vanguard Cadets today in Pleasant Hill, CA. Next weekend, they’ll travel to Southern California for their final weekend of competitions before their long tour begins. Their season culminates at the DCI Open Class Championships in Michigan City, IN on August 4, with more performances in Indianapolis later in the week at the DCI World Class Championships. More information can be found at www.dci.org.
Special thanks to Vanguard Cadets parent Yong The for the great photos!