As we put instruments away for dinner, we also noticed that the radar was once again showing rain. So far, many of the promised periods of rain never occurred. Nevertheless, the instruments were packed safe and dry in our trailers. As luck would have it, a gentle rain began as we were returning to the field to continue rehearsals. It was time for a decision. Do we remain outdoors and get wet or do we only spend the next ninety minutes in it while we wait for our equipment crew (i.e. chaperones) to move the large instruments to an indoor facility. After a few minutes, the call came in. We were moving indoors. The move, although long and tiring, went smoothly. No one was injured and neither were any of the instruments. The band continued to rehearse for another hour or so. At the end of this time, they played through the first 2:30 minutes of the show. It sounded pretty good to those of us listening.
Tonight’s festivities included an ice cream social. This is a sweet selection of toppings with hot fudge and vanilla ice cream. The band members make their own sundae and then spend some time talking with friends. This year’s group was exceptionally well behaved and conversations were going on all over the room. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. A couple of groups stuck around to talk long after the majority of students returned to their residence hall.