Surprise – no biking this weekend! John’s birthday is this week and to celebrate, his request was to go see the Drum Corps International show in Allentown.
It was about a 4-1/2 hour drive down there. We checked into our hotel and then went over to the stadium. Holy crow was it crowded! You all know I am not the biggest fan of crowds, too.
This show was on for 2 nights since there were so many groups and we still saw 12 bands play! Each band does a 13 minute show. One thing that the punctual person in me totally appreciated was how the bands got on and off within a couple minutes, even with all of their stuff. The show stayed right on track for the times of the performances, which was great. Very fast paced.
I just did a few snippets of video just to give you an idea, but don’t want to broadcast a lot of their stuff since they are in competition. Big ending from an early band:
There were lots of different themes going on. One group did a Game of Thrones theme.
I loved the colors and the costumes. Watch the rifles being thrown in this one (it comes into focus shortly)
The better bands were in the second half and wow – were they good! My only beef was that a lot of the groups had someone singing, which is okay, but seems weird for drum corps. I guess they have to try to do different things. It’s amazing to me how they can run around the field and dance and still be able to play:
This group actually used real horns instead of marching horns on a stage for part of their number, and that was my instrument – so that earned brownie points from me 😀
Really good show. Long, but good.
On Sunday, we headed home after finding a local coffee shop for breakfast!
Not sure who the cartel is, but the coffee was good 😉
We hit up a really big antique shop which was fun to browse in, but I didn’t get anything.
We also stopped and visited my uncle and his wife in Pennsylvania since it was sort of on the way home. We had lunch there and a nice visit. It was great to be able to get a chance to do that. We managed to squish a lot into about 36 hours LOL!