Court of Honor
Court of "HONOR!"
This tradition started after the second camp in Court of Honors existence. Corps Executive Director Marc Kaufman at the end of each camp would come to the gym floor while the corps stood at attention in a block formation. He would shout "court of", and the corps would respond "Honor". In 2004, staff members began to use it to dismiss the corps from rehearsals and meetings. It soon became an honor, as Marc Kaufman would choose a member from the corps who showed exceptional effort during the rehearsal or camp, and therefore pass on the immense honor of shouting "court of".
During Court of Honor's second season in 2004, a new tradition began in all days. Every day at dinner, the corps would go through the chow line, find a seat, then wait for all the members to get their food and be seated before eating. This was one of many things that encouraged the corps "family" type atmosphere.
A show before a show
On tour in 2004, Court of Honor, while waiting on the bus before each show, would sing the show music, each member including his or her own part. The staff encouraged the members to do this, as it was almost a dry run before taking the field, also, it kept people from falling asleep on the bus while on the way to the show site, something that was not allowed.
In 2003, when the soprano section received their new horns, a rubber band held the 3rd valve slide in place. The members of the soprano line wore these as bracelets, and some connected links from their shelmets, and placed them on their bands.
After each show, a staff member or members would lead the corps away from the field and take them to an out of the way area where they would stop, and the corps would spiral in around them. The members would then place their arms around each other, and then express their opinions about the show. The staff would say: "It doesn't matter what the judges think, it matters what you think. Only you can know what your best is and what you did out there on the field." Afterwards, the sections would split up and discuss the show in more detail.