Cavaliers in Broken Arrow (Part 2)

Cavaliers bass drums for 2011

The Cavaliers spent four rehearsal days in Broken Arrow, OK on their way to the first show of the season in Saginaw, TX. While at BA, they started working on drill for the closer and cleaned up as much as possible of the show that was already on the field. Another reason for the stop was to work on solidifying the electronics and adding various sound layers into the show.

Below is a gallery of pictures and video I shot over three of the four days The Cavaliers were in Broken Arrow:

I also had the privilege of helping The Cavaliers Bass Line Wednesday night. I marched with one of the bass techs and he needed to trim out excess muffling from the drums. He asked me if I wanted to help and I jumped in without hesitation. We ended up taking the drums back to the housing facility for better lighting and electricity. I marked the new measurements to be trimmed and the bass tech trimmed out the foam. Once that was complete we had the bass drummers straighten out the logos on the heads and finger-tighten the lugs. After that, I helped bring the drums up to pitch and the bass tech fine tuned them to their pitches. It was a late night, but well worth it. Check out the finish on those bass drums in the gallery – amazing work by Yamaha.

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2 Responses to “Cavaliers in Broken Arrow (Part 2)”

  1. Mark
    September 8, 2011 at 12:54 PM #

    Interesting – What type of foam was it? Was it applied to the inside of the bass shells?

    • Ryan
      September 9, 2011 at 11:05 PM #

      It was soft open cell foam that you can buy at fabric stores in large sheets. They start with 2 inch by 2 inch strips of foam all the way around the drum and then trim it down based on the diameter of the drum. The foam was applied to the inside of the drums and attached to the shells using spray adhesive.