I am Nick Johnson, one of the bloggers for the 2015 tour to Halifax. I joined MCV in January 2014, after six years in a local junior fife and drum corps. This will be my third time traveling with the corps. Previously, I tagged along with my mother, a member of the support staff, on the 2009 trip to Nova Scotia, and went on a small group tour to Puerto Rico this past December. I look forward to the thrill of my first show as part of the Tattoo cast, as well as meeting all the other performers from around the world.
As of this post, we are two weeks out from our arrival in Nova Scotia. We have been working on the show music for about six months, and the drill for about two; though, our section leaders have been working for far longer to ensure MCV presents a show that meets our high standards. Dozens of rehearsals, and countless music revisions later, we are antsy to perform for an international audience. We have two parades this weekend, Warwick, Rhode Island and Charlestown, Massachusetts, where we will present our show music for a local audience for the final time before the corps hits the road.
Nick Johnson, drummer