Vol.2 Through the Looking Glass
Coming off a DCI World Championship in 2005 with The Zone: Dreamscapes in Four Parts With a Door, The Cadets program coordinator Marc Sylvester created "Volume 2" as a sequel to the previous year's offerings. The story continues where "The Zone" left off and follows the adventures of Dani (Alice) as she meets characters from Charles Dodgson's (aka Lewis Carroll) Alice in Wonderland. The inclusion of a ballad featuring a vocalist as well as extensive narrative vocal elements drew the ire of many traditional drum corps fans. Ultimately the show failed to live up to the success of "The Zone", finishing in a disappointing 5th place.
The music performed included; "Sanvean (I am your shadow)" by Lisa Gerrard from Dead Can Dance; "History Repeating", "Velvet Pants", and "Take California" by the Propellerheads; "Diaspora Dances" (from Concerto for Orchestra) by Leonard Bernstein; "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane; "Alone in a Crowd" by Jeff Beal. Late in the season, "History Repeating" was replaced as the opener by an original composition by Jay Bocook that incorporated elements of "The Twilight Zone" theme as well as "Twisted Nerve" from the movie Kill Bill.
Design and Instructional Staff
- Corps Director: George Hopkins
- Tour Director: Tucker Crebs
Guard Staff: Jonathan Schwartz, Caption Head
The Cadets stopped using the Yamaha Marching Euphoniums they had been using for the previous two years and returned the tenor voices to all Yamaha baritones.
The show opens with the corps silently "replaying" the final drill sets from the 2005 production "The Zone". Originally the front ensemble and vocalist performed a cut from "History Repeating" by the Propellerheads during this segment. Near the end of the summer, this was replaced by a Twilight Zone motif reminiscent of the 2005 opening.
As late as Championship weekend, the guard was planning on incorporating the use of trick flags in the closer. These flags would have a tear away sail and a concealed flag rolled into the pole that would be exposed. The idea was scrapped due to difficulties with equipment reliability, but was seen the very next year in their program This I Believe.
The Cadets held their spring training at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV, using dormitories to house members and staff.
The show finished 5th at DCI World Championship Finals in Madison, WI. The Cadets were ranked 4th in Semifinals and Quarterfinals.