Wednesday, June 11 (Dave's Diary - 2001)Go Back
Wake-up call was 4 a.m. to go to Chicago. We were all pretty cranky and mad at the world at first, but things changed once we arrived.
So, we pull up to McCormick Place in Downtown Chicago, a HUGE convention center.
Right away they did a sound check. We walk out, and it was like we were at the Grammys (only it was the National Cable TV Convention). Regardless, it was nice.
They fed us breakfast, then we did a quick opening ceremony type thing.
After that we did a concert in the middle of all the convention displays. Everyone with a cell phone ran away, and I don't even know how many people asked me what HIGH SCHOOL BAND I WAS FROM!!!!
All in all, the people loved the show, and we put a name out to a lot of "hot shots" in the cable industry.
After all was said and done, the 35 of us got to have lunch there. Then I read in the paper that 18 people died in Houston flooding this weekend!!!
When we got back to Rockford we headed straight to practice. The sun was blistering down on us and, sure enough, the only thing we do for visual rehearsal is the end of the opener (the hardest sets in the show).
We got it fairly clean, but that's a wicked hard move, so it's going to take some time.
We did the same thing in ensemble rehearsal with a little bit of the closer added in. Then we did two run-throughs and went inside for sectionals.
We have two concerts tomorrow. One at Sundstrand Corporation and one at Sinnissippi Park. Both are cool shows, and both of them feed us!!!
We get to play Deck the Halls and Minstral Boy for the first time, so we will see how that turns out. They passed out Strike up the Band tonight, but that's gonna take some serious work to get down.
And, by the way, while the 35 of us were in the air conditioning in Chicago, the rest of the hornline tracked around the neighborhood for 5 hours!!!!!