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Notes on Nova Scotia (continued)

Hello, Canada! (Sunday, June 23, 2:40 p.m.)

Well, we made it! I was an easy flight and all of our luggage (including the instruments) arrived intact. Once we made it through customs, we had to load our baggage onto a truck and make our first stop to the Halifax Metro Centre. It was our first chance to see the big arena where the band will perform on the world stage.


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Next, we were taken to St. Mary's University--our home for the next two weeks. We are staying in a (very tall) dorm. Our free breakfast is downstairs. For lunch and dinner, we're on our own. Each cadet gets meal vouchers good to just about any restaurant in town. We're not yet sure how we'll like the food, but with restaurants with names like "Your Father's Moustache" and "The Loose Cannon," we're definitely intrigued.


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Hey, Mom! (Sunday, June 23, 10:29 a.m.)

For some, it was their first flight. For others, this hole jet-setting business it old hat. But who has ever flown on a plane with personalized seating? Can you say VIP!?


And though we truly appreciate the shout-out from the folks on Miami Air (our carrier), we wanted to take a minute to say hello to some of our biggest fans.

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Big Red at the airport (Sunday, June 23, 8:21 a.m.)

Dressed in red (check out our awesome shirts), the crew boarded buses to the Charleston International Airport. We arrived two hours before the flight, but needed every minute to check everyone in to the international flight (yep, a direct flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia!). We even had a surprise guest appearance. Can you spot her?

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Paparazzi (Friday, June 21. 11:34 a.m.)

We're not the only ones excited about the trip to Nova Scotia. Channel 5 popped by to snag some video this morning before the band takes off to represent the U.S. in the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. Make sure to tune into WCSC today to watch the highlights. The videographer caught the last rehearsal on Summerall Field. Next stop: Halifax Metro Centre!

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An Intimidating Crowd (Wednesday, June 19. 10:48 a.m.)

Performing in front of one commandant can be a little scary. Performing in front of a group of them can be downright terrifying. But if it felt that way to any of the cadets playing in front of a group from the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States, they didn’t show it. The Regimental Band and Pipes took time out of their jam-packed days to play for this out-of-town group. On top of that, the cadets played a song they had only learned 24 hours ago… and they nailed it!

That precision in performance takes a lot of hard work. Just take a look at their schedule for today:

0900—1030 Rehearsal
1030—1100 Performance in Band Room for AMCSUS
1200—1300 Lunch
1300—1630 Rehearsal
1630—1800 Dinner
1800—1900 Marching Rehearsal

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...and, check out this awesome rendition of America the Beautiful.

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Nova Scotia right now! (Tuesday, June 18. 4:37)

Want to know what's going on in Nova Scotia right now? Check out the webcam capturing every minute of the Halifax Metro Centre ( This camera is locked down on the site where The Regimental Band and Pipes will perform in front of thousands in just a couple weeks. Click here throughout the day to see other groups practice their drills in preparation for the big show--which, by the way, is the largest annual indoor show in the world. By Monday, our cadets will be on the floor, too. Feel free to check in periodically for sneak peeks!

26 Songs (Tuesday, June 18. 2:08 p.m.)

TWENTY SIX SONGS! That's how many songs the Regimental Band needs to learn before joining the rest of the performers at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. It's going to be a long, tough week for the cadets but we know they're up to the task.

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Learning the song of our neighbors to the north (Tuesday, June 18th. 10:30 a.m.)

Is there a better way to honor a county than to learn to play its national anthem? We couldn't think of one, either. For you francophones out there, here are the orinignal lyrics in french:


Ô Canada!
Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!
Car ton bras sait porter l'épée,
Il sait porter la croix!
Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brillants exploits.
Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

The Band is Back! (Monday, June 17. 11:15 a.m.)

The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes began practicing this morning for the big trip to Nova Scotia. This video shows the first of many Pipe Band rehearsals before the cadets board the plane on Sunday.

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