Last years championship week Did you like the format of the week?
Posted 08 May 2012 - 07:26 PM (#1)
My wife and I didn't attend the parade though. I am kind of split on having the parade. On the one hand, it is kind of nice that the corps get to perform one last time as a unit. On the other hand, there is the extra expense for the corps for 1 or 2 days more if they don't make finals or semis. The main reason we didn't attend, is after quarterfinals and semifinals having so many corps performing, we were just plain exhausted, and that becomes a lot for my wife to sit through, as much as she loves it. I have to admit I was plain exhausted by Saturday night as well. I also heard many complaints from some members of different corps that they didn't want to perform in the parade, which I can certainly understand.
So what was your opinion of finals week last year? Did you like the quarterfinals with every corps performing? Did you like the parade? If you were a member who marched in the parade, were you excited by it, or annoyed that you had to stay another day or 2 after missing finals? Also curious as to what the staff thought about last years finals week.
Were all corps required by DCI to march in the parade if they didn't make finals, or was it optional? And were all the corps strict on making all members participate? I don't remember seeing much discussed about this last year.
Posted 09 May 2012 - 05:04 AM (#2)
I remember talking to some staff as well that we're not too pleased about having to give up the members rest day to do this parade. As far as I'm concerned though they were back by 1 with plenty of time to relax and hit finals that night. The audience loved it and so did the other non-corps groups I te parade. It was probably just first year bitterness.
I'm glad to hear you enjoyed prelims because I have tickets for it this year. 14 hours of drum corps sounds like an unmatched heaven. Mind you this all caps off a ten day road trip for me starting with the eastern classic.
Crown and the Blue Devils can intermingle after finals and be friends, why can't the rest of us?
Posted 09 May 2012 - 06:27 AM (#4)
My experience is not really on topic as I never marched in the DCI era. But, when I did march, our last event was a parade the day following the California State Open championships. And yes, it was weird then too.
Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:52 AM (#6)
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:01 AM (#8)
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:15 AM (#9)
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:51 AM (#10)
Last year, I took the time to do the behind the scenes and onfield tour. Had to wait in line over an hour in the heat, but it was a great experience to go thru the corridors into the warmup area and thru the tunnel into the stadium. I haven't been on many professional football stadium fields. Didn't get to participate in drum corps when I was younger, so this was a real thrill. Looking up into the stands, I could imagine what it must be like to give the show of your life and see the crowd on their feet cheering. It must be an awesome feeling, just like being in the field was equally thrilling for me. If you have a chance, and have not been on a professsional football field and DCI does the tour again, I recommend doing it. Even if you have physical limitations, the walk in is easy and they will accomodate you to get you back outside the stadium (the rest of us had to climb steps back into the stands and out to the souvie section to wait for the gates to open (no going to your seats early).
As for the rest of the Finals experience - I had a great time! And, eventhough it cost extra money, I am looking forward to this year's Reunion events and the chance to go back onfield again.
This post has been edited by rkfdPRphan: 09 May 2012 - 09:52 AM