Coming off a strong competitive run through Minnesota, Illinois, and Missouri, it was time to slap on our spurs and take the South by storm. On July 14, the Corps woke for a rehearsal day in Norman, Oklahoma, and the midwestern leg of our tour was but a memory. The sun was bright and the temperatures were high, but the Corps’ spirits were even higher as they worked relentlessly to polish our 2015 program, “The Spark of Invention.” After a long, productive day, it was time to load the busses and ride off into the sunset. Next stop: Texas!
With many of our members hailing from the Lone Star State, our trek through Texas is long awaited by fans and members alike. It all started with another rehearsal day in North Richland Hills, where we were happy to welcome a large crowd of family, friends, and alumni for ensemble that evening. Afterwards, the members enjoyed a little free time to visit and walk to the nearby Whataburger, a fast food Texas favorite. Every day we spent in Texas, the temperatures either approached or exceeded 100 degrees. It was yet another warm state we’ve been to on what’s certainly been one of our warmer tours in recent memory.
On July 16 we arrived in Denton, TX to kick off a marathon of competition with DCI Denton (4th, 84.05). With three show days in a row, the Corps was running non-stop. Our mornings were spent rehearsing, our evenings were spent performing, and our nights were spent traveling to the next housing site so we could wake up and do it all over again. After the Tournament of Champions event in Houston, TX (5th, 84.35) we were happy to share snack with our friends at the Phantom Regiment. It was a great opportunity for the two Corps to come together and meet one another off the field, without the pressure of competition.
The next day, on July 18, there was a buzz of excitement traveling throughout the Corps in anticipation of the evening’s performance. Not only would our show in San Antonio be the first full regional event, it would also be the first dome show of the season. Large crowds and large arenas make for large, energetic performances, so we were excited to get into the Alamodome and throw down. The Corps’ energy was palpable even in the highest rows of the mammoth dome, and they were rewarded by an enthusiastic standing ovation from the large audience as the final notes dissipated. With stiff competition at the top of the DCI World Class, despite their stellar performance, the Corps took fifth place at the DCI Southwestern Championship with a score of 84.825.
At the end of the evening, we loaded the buses and took off for Mi Tierra, a vibrant and exhilarating Mexican restaurant in downtown San Antonio. The Corps has been making the post-show trip to Mi Tierra for years now, and it’s a great way for the members to unwind and bond over great food and an exciting atmosphere. On Sunday, the Corps enjoyed a free day in downtown San Antonio. Between the restaurants on the River Walk, the Alamo, and numerous shopping opportunities, there was a lot to do and see.
As the free day came to a close, it was time to get back into the competitive mindset as we set off for Dallas, TX and another performance. At DCI Dallas, we scored 85.90 and brought home second place. Unfortunately, with this final event in Texas, it was time to say goodbye to the Lone Star State and set our sights on the upcoming rehearsal days in Arkansas. We were sad to leave, but very excited to see what the next leg of tour will hold. As we continue down the road, we hope you will follow our progress on Twitter and Instagram (@SCVanguard), and like us on Facebook for the latest updates as we continue our 2015 season!