This is the text, out of the blue (Bloo?), if you will, which started my unexpected journey to joining the Bluecoats Alumni Corps in 2022. Instead of journeying with 12 dwarves and a wizard , I would find myself back on the field with 427 and 9/9 (two members were pregnant) people who would adopt me into their family. It was 30 years after my rookie season with the Glassmen, 31 years after I tried it for Bluecoats but missing the cut, but I felt the years (and a few pounds) melt away as we put together an incredible show.
The summer of 2022 was literally life changing for me. Not only did I perform with Bloo Alumni, I also found myself in the middle of a job hunt which would lead to my current position with World Synergy. World Synergy was very accommodating with me as I would spend a week away from the job for the alumni corps, less than a month after starting. Not only did they let me take the time, they advanced me PTO time so I wouldn’t have any financial issues from taking the time off. I’ve appreciated that gesture very much in the time since.
It’s almost time for the new season to start, and I’m excited to see and hear what the activity has for us, but I’m also happy to look back at my most recent drum corps experience and smile as I think about what we accomplished.