The Blue Devils
I would categorize BD/Cavies in style then Crown/Coats together.
BD/Cavies while they both have their grandious moments tend to be more subtle and less of it.
Crown/Coats tend to be more in your face and there's alot more of it, hence some of the criticisms and problems in cleanliness. I'm not gonna lie, "Creep" was one of my favorite musical moments of 2011, but there was way too much body work in that opening segment. I also agree with other posters that at times it was not clean causing distraction to an otherwise beautiful drum corps moment. Sometimes less = more.
110% agreed.I would also say that, more than cleanliness, some corps just have -- to vaguely borrow from my theater geek friends -- a better sense of motive when it comes to these things.
I loved 'Creep,' too, but the body maybe seemed a bit much because I wasn't entirely sure what made the movements urgent, necessary, or useful... Whereas when the Cavs did their 007/spy evasion thing, it had a way of holding the show together thematically. And for all the ways that people hated the 'Happy Days Are Here Again / Get Happy' chairs moment in '09, BD really nailed it when it came to making us understand that the moment was about nostalgia -- about making us remember what it felt like to (literally) kick back before the world collapses around you.
These are all GE considerations, really. Not what you're doing or how difficult it is, but why you're doing it, and what makes these things you're doing in excess (or instead) of marching and playing necessary.