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Waterford Show Ponderings

by Gord LeFevre

Gord's personal impressions of how the in-door show in Waterford, Ontario on May 14, 2005 affected him.

One question that has been dogging my thinking for sometime now is when are we going to develop an all-for-one and one-for-all feeling and passion for The Optimists Alumni Drum Corps. The answer to this question was provided last Saturday at the show in Waterford.

I believe we became The Optimists Alumni Drum Corps in more than name only in the stairwell of Waterford high school just before we went on stage to perform. For the first time since I have been a member of the Alumni Corps, we sang the Corps song with passion and dynamics. I took this as a sign that something magical had happened to coalesce a diverse group of people from many different drum corps and bands into a unit that each member could identify with and be proud to be part of. I also felt that we were about to give our best performance of our short history. I wasn't disappointed.

A key factor for me and, I suspect for you, for fuelling one's interest and desire to be in the Corps is having fun. I had more fun than a flea in a dog pound last Saturday. This was due to a lot of little things that in retrospect spelled FUN for me; for example:

I may be hallucinating on too much of Yin's green tea but it appears to me that we are a much different Corps than we were even a few weeks ago. We seem to be developing a new personality, one that I like and one that the audience relates to as well.

I sense we are playing for the audience now rather than playing at them. We are relaxed, confident and starting to demonstrate to the audience that we are having fun performing for them.

On Saturday, in the stairwell, I believed the Corps was relaxed, confident and ready to perform. I wasn't disappointed.

I'm having fun.