Vanguard Cadets: Updates & pics from the road

July 31, 2014

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. scvc_is_off “I wanted to give members the experience of cross country traveling, like when I marched back in the day,” said Director Steve Barnhill. scvc_bus

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. scvc_3 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. scvc_2 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. scvc_1

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. scvc_pawpaw1 The Bass Drums also unveiled beautiful new heads to match the theme of the show, “The Road Not Taken.” scvc_pawpaw2 At the gate, the Corps was extremely focused and marched into the stadium on fire. scvc_pawpaw3 “The Road Not Taken” was well received by the audience and judges and was awarded first place with a score of 73.40. scvc_pawpaw4

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. scvc_Dublin1 Being the only Open Class corps performing for the night, the Corps treated it like any other performance and executed as expected. scvc_Dublin2 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. scvc_Dublin3 scvc_Dublin4

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! scvc_MI1 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. SCVC_MI3 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. scvc_MI2 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

Emerald City Music Games

July 30, 2014

Last night, the Santa Clara Vanguard and the Vanguard Cadets both performed in Dublin, Ohio at the Emerald City Music Games.  SCV_and_cadets

The other corps in attendance were the Blue Knights, Cascades, Jersey Surf, Madison Scouts, Pacific Crest, and Troopers.

The Vanguard was excited for a little cooler weather since we’ve been down in the hot South for the past several days. Some of the members were even cold during warmup, but that didn’t slow them down.




After a long yet productive rehearsal day, The Vanguard had a strong warmup, and it was especially nice being in familiar territory since we performed here last year.


The Corps did pre-show rituals and got in the zone to perform.


The Vanguard scored a 92.85, taking first place! #GoVanguard





The end of the show went smoothly with the new “parachute” and the crowd cheered away.


We finished just in time to miss the rain, although we got a little shower during our finale performance, but Noe led the Corps through it all and capped off a great evening in Dublin.


Nashville Summer Music Games

July 26, 2014

We’re extra hyped today because our performance at Vanderbilt Vanderguard was our best yet; we scored a 90.80, putting us in 4th place.


We were less than 0.5 points away from the second and third place corps, the Bluecoats at 91.50 and the Cadets at 91.85.




This was the first time DCI had a show at Vanderbilt for the top 8 winners from last year. What a better place to host the The Masters of the Summer Music Games than Music City of America, Nashville, Tennessee?


Our Color Guard Member, Elijah Wood is the only one in the Corps from Tennessee, so he was ready to rock the stadium for his friends and family.


The Vanderbilt stadium was on fire with fans and our Corps rocked it.


Check out our Instagram for more photos from the performance and even a couple lot riot shots and videos.



See you tonight at the DCI Atlanta Regional!

Arriving in Nashville

July 26, 2014

Greetings from the country capitol of the world, Nashville, Tennessee. We’re rehearsing for The Masters of the Summer Music Games at the Vanderbilt Stadium tonight.


After a pretty grueling last couple of days, the Corps is feeling more energized and ready to perform tonight.




The Miss Amana crew helped turn around the day with crepes and Nutella for breakfast, which put smiles on everyone’s faces.


“We ran the horn line 101 and track star (an intense cardio workout to improve our playing performance), so three days of that paced out between learning drills and changes was rough on all of us,” said Brass member Mario.



Not to mention the head and humidity Mississippi is known for!



At the close of practice last night, the members played “Clowns” and “everything seemed right with the world. Instantly you could see a change in the Corps,” said Mario.


So to say we’re happy to be in a new state today is surely an understatement.


Today is a show day where the Corps will emphasize certain parts of the show that need extra work, including the ballad, end of the opener, the “tag,” and the post show.


Hats off to all the corps performing tonight!




From Texas to Mississippi

July 24, 2014

Yesterday, we were in Mississippi for a long and hot, yet productive rehearsal day.



We performed to an enthusiastic crowd Tuesday night at the Mississippi Sound Spectacular at the Greyhound Stadium here in Ocean Springs and broke 90 for the first time. That’s 6 days earlier than last summer and 9 days earlier than in 2012!

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The corps in attendance were the Blue Stars, Mandarins, Pacific Crest, Pioneer, Spirit of Atlanta, and The Cavaliers.



The Corps pushed through a less than stellar day in the Mississippi heat, working through intense humidity and rain. Luckily, the weather was great for performance time and all corps were finished by the time the lightning struck to end the show.


Today, Drum Major Noe Gomez said “the Corps added more choreography to the end of the opener, the Guard did work on the ballad, and the drums were cleaning things up in sub sectionals.” 



After rehearsing two blocks today in Ocean Springs, this evening we head to Nashville for “The Masters of the Summer Music Games” – a Tour of Champions series event – at Vanderbilt Stadium on Friday night. We will be in competition with the Blue Devils, Bluecoats, Boston Crusaders, Carolina Crown, Phantom Regiment, The Cadets, and The Cavaliers. Music City, a DCI Open Class corps, will also perform.


We’ve been hitting the road hard since our last post in Texas. Here are a few snap shots from our time and work in the Lone Star state:






“I thought the drum corps had their best performance of the season so far in San Antonio,” said Gomez. “It’s always interesting to see how the corps reacts in a dome rather than in an outdoor stadium that they’re used to performing in.”


“I thought they handled it very professionally. [There is] a lot of reverb in the stadium and extra sounds that you’re not used to.”



See you in Nashville!

SCV Does Texas

July 17, 2014

It’s true, everything is bigger in Texas, especially Vanguard love. Nearly one-third of our members come from Texas. It’s a huge marching band state and the audiences are on fire with excitement, motivating us to work even harder—weather permitting.




The energy during our practice here is palpable. Look at this crowd. 


It might not look like much, but this was a Wednesday night after a one-hour rain delay. Texans know how to support Vanguard, and boy do they treat us right. Several of the members have gotten to see their family and friends during breaks. We’re most definitely feeling the love.





And of course, we support Texas. Check out our white board that Charlie designed.


Bring on the lone star state camaraderie and apparel!


Our first show in Texas is in Denton where many members of the Percussion section attend the University of North Texas. 

To say we’re excited to be in Texas is an understatement.

And we couldn’t do it without our friends and family, and the volunteers here on tour with us, especially the Miss Amana food truck volunteers for feeding us!


Oh, and for the record, this crew hardly ever gets to relax. Cooking for several hundred people is no easy task.

It’s down pouring out there, yet our members are still rehearsing and working hard. That’s dedication.


Here’s to three more exciting days in Texas! Houston, we’re coming for you next! Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for up-to-the-minute pictures and postings. Tag your photos with #SCV2014 too!

Behind the Scenes at Mile High

July 14, 2014

We’ve been hitting the pavement hard since our last post and are still going strong here in Missouri today. The past few days we spent in Colorado practicing and rehearsing for our big show, Drums Along the Rockies at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. scv_rainbow1 scv_rainbow2 Our Drum Major, Noe Gomez, confidently led the members through rain and shine. Noe_major These 12-hour rehearsal days are no easy conquest. After a rainy night, there was an overload of bugs on the field, yet the Front Ensemble played on and the Corps continued their march forward. scv_practice1 scv_practice2 scv_practice3 You know the members are dedicated when they continue to work hard without complaining, even in the high altitudes in Colorado. We all made sure to constantly stay hydrated in order to avoid altitude sickness or dehydration, especially with these long practice days. Our show day weather in Denver was a little overcast, but we were fortunate enough to miss the rain. The show must go on! walking_to_warmup Some of the Horn Line members were looking forward to “ringing the horn” more because they are finally at a level where they can match in sound. “There’s more space for things to ring off of in the Denver stadium,” Lead Baritone player, Ethan said. “It’s a big venue and we get a a lot of energy because of that. Also, I love the Denver show because of the stadium and the potential rain threat. You can hear the thunder from afar, which has an awesome musical impact. It’s dark outside and you see just the street lights.” Perfect for Vanguard to perform and win first place. colorguard_warmupAfter weeks of practice, the members were excited to see the other corps at one of the biggest shows of the summer. This was the first show of the season where both east and west corps came together to perform. Even though it was overcast, the night had a nice chill, free of extreme humidity and perfect for performing. scv_denver The Sports Authority High Stadium, 5,280 feet above sea level, featured the performers on the stadium monitors and it was even televised locally.mile_high Waiting underneath the stadium, the Corps warmed up together and helped each other find focus. scv_focus scv_warmup Vanguard was announced and the Corps marched onto the field to perform. SCV_Denver And just like that, we received our highest score of the season, 85.25 and took first place! To see more photos, check out our Facebook page!

July 4th Recap

July 7, 2014

We hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July. Both of our Corps stayed busy marching and performing to celebrate the birth of America.

To honor America, the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets participated in two parades.


The Corps split into two units to perform in parades in Fremont, and Morgan Hill, Ca. There, the corps marched a simple parade route of about 1 mile to viewing spectators.



After the parades, both groups met at the Corps Hall (SCV Headquarters) for lunch before heading over for a standstill performance at California’s Great America theme park.


With the grand carousel as background, the Corps played their 2014 program “The Road Not Taken” along with additional pieces from the Percussion and Horn Line.



After the performance, members were dismissed for the rest of the day to enjoy the park, ride a few roller coasters and hang out with friends and family.



The Santa Clara Vanguard was further up north in Seaside, Oregon for their performances.


The day began with breakfast and a warmup before heading over to march in the Seaside 4th of July Parade.


While waiting for the parade to begin, the Color Guard got to meet one of their biggest fans.


Meanwhile, members of the Pit got to work as the hydration team.


Let the parade begin!



The crowd was full of energy and spirit as they watched the Vanguard march down the street.



After the parade, Vanguard headed back to the buses for lunch, followed by a warm-up for their Scheherazade performance at the local Seaside Park.



They ended with a patriotic stand-still performance to end the show.


Once the performance was over, the Vanguard had a free day to see the fireworks and enjoy the holiday!


Catching up with the Vanguard Cadets

July 6, 2014

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

Special thanks to Vanguard Cadets parent Yong The for the great photos!

Pacific Procession: a day to celebrate the SCV family

July 4, 2014

It was a warm, breezy day on June 8, 1968 when the Santa Clara Vanguard first competed in the Pacific Procession, named after that year’s opener, “Procession of the Nobles.” 


The crowd was cheery, albeit scarce because of the recent death of Senator Robert Kennedy.

Click here to read more about the first show.

We’ve come quite a long way since that first show. This past Tuesday, we performed at Pacific Procession on a beautiful day for a sold out crowd at Santa Clara High School, just down the road from our the Corps Hall.



On performing for alumni, Horn Sergeant Blake French said, “sometimes we can lose sight, so we just need to focus for two hours beforehand.” 


Just like any show, the corps is instructed to “do their job, even though they know what to do. Sometimes they just need reminding.”


“The coolest part was getting to perform for not only the alumni, but also the Cadet Corps,” said second year Color Guard Member Michelle Anderson.


“We don’t see them again until finals and the growth we witness is astonishing – they are the future and we look up to them just as they look up to us.”



Tim Biles, Section Leader of the Quad Line, got the privilege of being introduced to a couple of alumni. “It’s really nice getting to meet alumni or people who support the corps,” he said. “The Cadet Corps did really well. We got to eat and hang out with their Quad Line.”


“I like the fact that we’ve been doing really well in drums and the full Corps has been impressive. I’m excited to be on our own for a bit before showing up for the rest of the competitors on the East Coast.”


It was a very memorable evening, and as always, the Corps was excited to perform for so many people within the organization, right in SCV’s backyard. 


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