Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:05 AM
First, I wish I went to high school who wanted to have a party with DCI shows as the entertainment. Keep in mind I graduated in 1981 so we would have had Super 8 movies shot by someone's Dad and the music would have been captured on cassette tape so it wouldn't have been that effective.
I'd like to share a quick lesson from a man I know who wanted to expose his children to opera, so he purchased tickets for his family to attend "Parsifal," Wagner's last great masterpiece. His children still talk about the long, boring opera at they saw. Even being at the magnificent setting of the Metropolitan Opera house in New York didn't help matters. I know others who have gone to "La Boheme" as a first opera, still a masterpiece, very accessible, and they're hooked for life. My point: what drum corps fans consider to be great may be shows that are not always comprehended by novices. I don't say this to be a snob. I'm just being realistic. Last summer I was at East Coast Classic and a high school group sat in front of me. SCV, BD, and Cadets were in the show as was, of course BAC who hosted the event. BAC's show was by far the most accessible, but I knew that the loudest and the crowd pleasing show was not going to place first and while I could explain the judging after scores were announced, people couldn't see it. They were impressed by each corps, but Boston hooked them. Selecting shows that are excellent as well as shows that are audience friendly in the general sense would be important.
Judging from the crowd response at Big, Live, and Loud, which always has lots of high school kids, Boston Crusaders and Carolina Crown, any of the years you mentioned would be good choices. Cadet's 2010 with "Little Geoffrey" is a good choice too. 2010's Madison "Rhapsody/Slaughter" show may not have the impact of when they performed these pieces earlier, but it's still great and will wow any of the brass players at your party. PR's "Spartacus" is probably the best show of the years you mentioned, but it may not be appreciated if it is the first selection you show.
If you can only choose between 2006 and 2010 because those are the DVD's in your collection, you have plenty of good shows, but if you have some DVD's from each era of DCI, show at least some vignettes. Yes they can appear old fashioned, and some of the hairstyles and costumes may be dated (Star of Indiana, what were you thinking with those color guard wigs in 1986?), and the sound isn't always the greatest, but entertainment wise they do hold up remarkably well, and even if they evoke a laugh or two, they're fun to watch and show us how far we've come and the sky's the limit of where we'll go. If it means buying the DVD's and you're on a budget, use the money for pizza, chips, salsa dip and soda (you're in high school, so it better be chips, salsa dip, pizza, and soda)and show the DCI 40th anniversary vignettes. It has great clips and will compliment whatever shows you choose.