Drum corps members say there is a wall they hit during Spring Training. It creeps up on them at about day six or seven. They say when they get through that wall it's smooth sailing through to the first show of the season.
Carolina Crown members have seen that wall and and they have relentlessly pushed through it as they complete week one of Spring Training. After a successful week of rehearsals the 150 crown members have learned part one of the 2016 show, Relentless.
Performers from across the country, and as far away as the UK, Germany, Japan and Canada, moved into Gardner-Webb University last Saturday to begin putting the 2016 show together. Over the four weeks of Spring Training the corps will put drill and choreography to the music. While the brass and percussion have had show music since December and January, the Crown Guard began Spring Training having to learn everything from scratch. All the drill, choreography and dance is taught in just four weeks!
Coming off a hugely successful 2015 season there's a lot of excitement surrounding the guard, and after the first week of Spring Training they are right on schedule. Caption Supervisor, Michael Townsend, and his team have been working hard with the 40-member guard, and fans this year can look forward to more high-flying tosses and demanding choreography than ever.
Guiding the overall visual design of the 2016 show is Program Coordinator, Keith Potter. He and Drill Designer, Leon May, have spent the week with the corps overseeing the progress of the show, while Movement Coordinator, Michael Rosales, has been teaching body movement fundamentals and choreographing the dance sections. Visual Caption Supervisor, Ron Hardin, and his team have been working with the entire corps as they learn drill and solidify their marching fundamentals.
Music Director, Michael Klesch, has worked with the corps in tandem with Percussion Arranger, Thom Hannum, and Brass Caption Supervisor, Matt Harloff. The brass and percussion sections have both been working to perfect what will be a very dramatic and highly energetic beginning to the 2016 show.
Fans can get a sneak peek at Relentless
when Crown takes the field at Nation Ford High School on Sunday, June 19. The Crown Preview will kick off at 6:00pm and the corps will step off in their new 2016 uniforms at 7:30pm. Also, fans can see Crown on July 31 as NightBEAT Presents the Tour of Champions
returns to BB&T Field
in Winston-Salem, NC. Click here for more information.