Tops in Blue auditions – cherish, remember each day

By Senior Airman Chadwick McGuire

Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas

An early morning and eventful day comes to an end. A sense of accomplishment and anticipation fills the air for more reasons than one.

Today we got a taste of what the stage will be like on the night of the performance upon completion of our technical rehearsal and preparation with the band.

For some, this was an all too familiar feeling, but to others it was an experience like no other. Fine tuning is the key to the ultimate performance, and the days are flying by as our schedules are filled with appointments, rehearsals, auditions and other preparations.

The highlight of the evening was the evaluation of the contestants’ dancing abilities.

At first, some contestants seemed uncomfortable, but as the music plays and they hear the other contestants rooting for them, they loosen up and break out of their shells. Bonds are being created, friendships are in the making, and a chance of a lifetime is within each contestant’s grasp.

Time will tell what the future holds for each of us, but each day here will definitely be one to be remembered and cherished for a lifetime.

PHOTO: Senior Airman Chadwick McGuire, Goodfellow AFB, Texas, poses for a portrait during the Air Force Tops in Blue audition.  Senior Airman McGuire is one of many instrumentalists auditioning for the 2011 Air Force Tops in Blue worldwide tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young)