Got dinner and hung out with a friend after the show.
Blue Stars: The "Blue World" show's a nice package, the drill needs some serious work. When there's stuff I could help clean and I'm seeing as issues... there's issues.
Phantom's "Turandot" show is absolutely fantastic. Well worth seeing, lovely book, great moments, great emotions. I wish I was the "Phantom Dude" who gets to kiss Turandot at the end of the show. One lucky dude.
Crown's hornline's got brass ones the size of beach balls. The "Crown-Man" and "Carolina Girl" superhero guard costumes are a bit freaky for me, but the book's great, the hornline can blow white hot plasma, and the field spread of the visual package adds to their sound and depth of sound. They definitely have a show that's worth watching.
The Cavies Fame program- well, the Andrew "Dice" Clay outfits for the guard are okay I guess, the Cavies have changed the feel and aesthetic severely, and I'm unsure if it's for the better. The drill isn't as stark and geometric- it looks like it could be any DCI corps visual package. The brass book is a lot harder. There's not those eye-popping drill moves within this program that people have come to expect out of them, and I think it's hurting them right now.
I'll tell you who really knocked me dead and I felt was underscored and under appreciated by the panel- the Coats. I felt they were making a statement that last year was a fluke and that they were BACK. The corps smoked the performance visially and musically, flat-out went for the jugular. The Bari section is absolutely BEAST, I'd KILL to be playing out there with them. Even better than a fine Phantom Euphonium seciton.... definietly underrated.
I LIKE the Cadets and the show- BUT, it wasn't as refined by far, and was obviously incomplete- yet they won handily. The message was sent to Coats and Phantom, who had far more complete programs and were far cleaner, that they have no hope. I felt after watching it that the program had fantstic untapped potential, but the last I knew, one judges what's THERE, not what WILL be there. Just my 2 cents. I don't have the time to do a full write up and the Cadet faction here will screeeeam like stuck piggies on the grill because I haven't waxed poetic about a great show that's not there yet that could be fantastic or is not as ready as Phantom's, Blue Coats, or Crown. They COULD be great, but not yet.