Where has the time gone? We are three weeks into spring training and the Corps is pushing harder than ever to tackle challenging new drill and meticulously detail each musical phrase of the show. Thanks to everyone’s dedication and hard work, our 2015 program, “The Spark of Invention” is taking shape quite nicely.
Because Weed, CA sits at 3,425 feet above sea level, the sun is much more intense than many of the members are used to back at home. Although temperatures may only reach the mid 80s, the sun is still beating down in full force. Hats, sunscreen and lots of water are key to creating a safe and successful rehearsal environment. Luckily, members were also able to beat the heat with a round of laundry blocks early in the week. A few short morning trips to Yreka, CA provided each section with a nice change of pace – and clean clothes!
Speaking of clothes, the football field isn’t the only place on campus getting some action this week. After a large delivery of Stanbury boxes, the uniform room has been a buzz of excitement. Our wonderful volunteers have been busy fitting members in their new threads, perfecting our look for 2015. Keep your eyes peeled for the big reveal coming up in the next week or two!
On Thursday evening, we hosted a community performance for the people of Weed, CA and the nearby town of Mount Shasta. There were a few rain showers early in the afternoon, but luckily the skies cleared and we had a great turnout. The public got to watch a little of our evening rehearsal before the performance began and it was very well received. It was a great opportunity for our members to perform in front of an audience and receive feedback on all their hard work. We also believe it is important to show our appreciation and give back to the people who so graciously welcome us to their town each year.
The Corps woke up Saturday morning and after a hearty breakfast and a quick full Corps photo in front of Mt. Shasta, it was time for our first free day! The trip started off with a short Walmart stop so members could replenish their bus boxes and personal supplies. Then, after a four hour bus ride past olive groves, sunflower fields and numerous agricultural landmarks, we arrived at Old Sacramento State Historic Park to enjoy some food and a little free time.
“It’s a quaint little area of Sacramento, with numerous restaurants and cute shops,” said tour admin Michele Teevan. “Everything looks like it could be in a western movie with the wooden benches, patriotic banners, and vintage advertising. It was a relaxing, well-deserved stop along the road to our next housing site.”
We left Sacramento at 8:00 PM and drove an hour and a half to our next housing site in Angels Camp, CA. We are excited for this new change of scenery and look forward to spending the week here at Bret Harte High School. We would also like to welcome Bernadette Rengstorff to the Vanguard staff as she sets off on tour with us as our Medical Professional. The excitement builds as we continue working up to our first show, the MidCal Champions Showcase on June 19th in Fresno, CA.
Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@SCVanguard), and like us on Facebook to get more updates from pre-tour here in Angels Camp, CA and throughout the rest of our 2015 season. Also, be on the lookout for a bonus episode of SCV: Backstage coming later this week about our last few days in Weed, CA!