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First show a success

Written by Charlene Gunnells
Friday, 06 August 2010 05:22

mitchellLast night's show in front of an audience was mesmerizing. The cadets looked great, and if you haven't seen the video yet, it is posted on our Facebook page (The Citadel External Affairs), our YouTube page (TheCitadelExperience) and on the video log at

The audience was primarily family and friends of the Scottish cast. The grandstands seat 8,700 people, and there was not an empty seat in the house. This was the first time we were able to see all the bands in their uniforms and the first time to see the special effects and lighting that go along with the show. The favorites were the New Zealanders whose show is a combination of contemporary music and traditional music from their homeland. Other favorites were the Royal Jordanian Armed Forces with a marching band, pipe band and drill team. The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas and The Imps, the children who perform motorcycle stunts, were also crowd favorites.

The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes performed smashingly with a combination of traditional martial music such as "The 79th's Farewell to Gibraltar," "When the Saints Go Marching In," and the crowd pleaser "Hey Baby." Their entrance across the castle bridge is mesmerizing and to see them under the show lights in their full dress salt and pepper uniforms was nothing short of spectacular. We were among the media who had the one-time opportunity to be on the esplanade among the bands last night. Talk about up close and personal.

It's back to the castle again tonight for the opening night performance. The folks on The Citadel Alumni Association trip to Edinburgh will be in the audience. Among them are retired Brig. Gen, Emory Mace, former commandant of cadets; Nancy Lefter, chorale director at The Citadel, and Janette Moody, professor in the School of Business Administration. CAA Director Mike Rogers, Alumni News Editor Sam Evans and several alumni and the parents of Cadet Josh Rodgers, a drummer, are also in the group. We hope to catch up with them afterward.

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