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  1. Today we are officially over the hump ... finals was 157 days ago and the premier show in Indianapolis is in 156 days. Its all down hill from here.
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  2. It's a balance of achievement weighted against the content. You all are counting ticks thinking that the content for all the groups is the same and it isn't. The bloo members were marching up walls while doing body and keeping formations. That's a whole energy and technique that no one has explored, ever. Their movement vocab was much denser than other groups. It isn't a bunch of keep the right hand on the horns and use the other three limbs. They actually put their instruments down and dance. They started their show with the drum line dancing with no drums on. No one else took their drums off and asked their drummers to dance. Exposure, look at the uniform. The opening dance block? No one was as exposed as that. They actually had to be performers who used their faces. Every other drum corps hid their faces under a big hat. That's a whole responsibility that no one else had. Bloo was hauling around the field. They jazz ran a lot. Their drill isn't all on, 2 off and splitting like most other groups have been moving towards. Thanks Pyware... I mean Obama! I really mean pyware. Their content was denser and when you weight that against their achievement they did a great job. They had blemishes but they were good enough visually to get them in a winning position and they did. Looking forward to 2017.
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  3. Got the news a couple hours ago... I'm extremely honored to be the second tenor of The 2017 Cadets! I can't wait to continue working on what sounds like an incredible show with an incredible corps. I'll probably be a quite a bit less active on here in the coming months, but I'll still be around every once in a while to keep y'all in line. Everyone, staff and members, have been incredibly kind and welcoming. Also, thanks so much for helping teach me about DCI and drum corps, I've learned a lot! P.S. There is, of course, a small chance that I might not end up joining. No specific reason, but sometimes things come up. (I sure hope not!!!) In the meantime... ♪ O Holy Name, O Holy Name... ♪
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  4. Almost as troubling as having $0 for arts is that it was only $149 million in the first place...
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  5. When the strong opinions come out you know you made it to the top. Welcome to the club Bluecoats! Btw, no problem with anyone's comments. Being a champion or at the top of your game comes with the territory of having people talk about you. Relish it, keep moving forward and never stop being innovative.
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  6. Rumor has it that BK still doesn't have a finished show. lol
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  9. It's probably just the result of bad parenting.
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  10. So I'm adding some icing to the cake....Their opener is from Bartok with some interesting Advant-Garde jazz. I like what I'm hearing so far. For those who remembers the end of their 1997 show with that glorious 45 second FFFFFFFF hold, with the drum major picking up his camera and took bunch of photos of the audience jizzing all over themselves in the stadium??? I told them it's time to bring that back!!!!
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  11. After many, many years of interacting with drum corps fans, the last thing in the world I want is for them to have a vote on anything substantive. Let DCI (in this case, the member corps) figure it out themselves. Mike
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  12. Actually ALL 4 of last year's tenors are back. They decided to add a 5th for 2017. I believe the 2017 percussion section may have the most returning vets in Coats history. 4 returning tenors + 4 returning basses + 5 returning snares + most of the front ensemble returning (5 of the 6 mallet pods) along with some OUTSTANDING new folks + Roger Carter and his techs returning + Tom Rarick returning = MUCH FUN IN CANTON!!!!
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  13. Madison Scouts - Ice Castles II: Nancy vs. Tonya.
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  14. Yeah it was difficult to hear the battery and hornline over the roar of the crowd.
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  15. Sloppy as hell, visually. Inventive and fun as hell in every other way. Should have won, did win.
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  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH5-Uz1EVNY&sns=em
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  17. Thanks for the news clip link! I am stuck in Hawaii following surgery and have been staying in touch with my son who is marching trumpet. Currently SCV is rehearsing at San Gabriel High -School and will move to Maranatha High School in Pasadena on the 1st. -- The group is a mix of current A and Cadet corps members & alums from 2013-2016. By way of comparison, the 2004 Rose Parade group was split 50/50 between current (at the time) A & Cadet MMs and FMMs representing all decades (youngest was 12, oldest was 62). -- The group is bigger than 2004. -- When I asked my kid what it was like playing with A-Corps members all he said was, "Dad, those dudes are gods." He is learning so much! -- They will lead off the parade, march the route, then hustle back to do the closing ceremonies. EDITS: -- Just watched the clip -- great closeup of Tim's (86-87 SCV DM) son! -- Here is a photo my son sent me this morning:
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  18. I"m not going to say anything anymore about Scouts 17, except a warning to all of you guys... and it's not a bogus hype! Their opener blew my mind and the final run through this morning gave me the chills I haven't felt since the 1990's... And the way Scott Oliver shaped the music... OMG! As a member of 1991 BD, I felt the style of Scout's opener is like a mixture of 91 and 95 BD closer. Come out of the gate like gun slingers... F'ing Glorious.... I'm still feeling the goose bump! It has style, little avant-garde jazz phrases, bunch of FFFFFF blow aways... And more importantly, something that have been missing in recent decade, aggression with anger. I can't wait to see the finish product, judging by what I have seen, this show will be a home run!!! You guys are in for a treat!
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  19. I think all corps should just stay quiet about their 2017 shows until they are unveiled in June.
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  20. Things actually were adopted from the ill-fated proposal. The TOC format was created, new sheets adopted In fact TOC shows actually do include corps outside the G7 (meaning those who agree to attend -- some corps apparently turn the option down). I agree with you that it would make more sense to have last years top 7 be the "TOC" corps in the following year. But if you look at placements, such a provision wouldn't have changed things much. Since 2011 I think BK would have appeared twice (Cavies and PR both missed top 7 once). In any case good solutions are when nobody gets everything they want and clearly compromises were made. Remember that DCI is -- in a very real sense -- the corps directors. They voted on everything you see today. People were upset with the proposal -- and rightly so. Not only were many of the concepts poorly conceived, the actual presentation was written in such an arrogant style that it was just insulting. But IMO it did light a fire at DCI. Seven finalist corps were upset enough with the current state of affairs to even make the proposal. Prior to that whole fiasco, DCI was just on autopilot. I don't think that's the case any more. Lots of initiatives (Soundsport, Drumline Battle, international outreach, etc..). Were those a direct result of the G7? Perhaps not but IMO they were certainly fueled by it's implications. So perhaps in the end there was some "good" that came out of the whole ordeal.
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  21. Sorry BoaDci, but your notion is neither practical nor should be wanted as the future of the activity, IMO. One opinion driven home during the actual G-7 events was that the activity is stronger as a whole in myriad ways. IMO, at this time of drum corps' path, nothing should be done to split the group of remaining corps any further than it is. Obviously, the entire goal of the G-7 proposal was to re-direct money flow to a smaller group of corps, which failed. It would also be unacceptable to slice the pie in any way that doesn't recognize the efforts and accomplishments of the "top" corps. It's also unreasonable to think that the "top corps" wouldn't love to have more competition, fans, and growth like everyone else. The true repudiation of the entire G-7 effort will be a member vote that actively directs some portion of tour income to enhancing and growing the Open Class. In the meantime, there is an active effort to share best practices among the corps to improve balance sheet stability in the entire activity along with a robust review process to keep dreamy-eyes from putting kids at risk in unrealistic expectations. The future of the activity is not in how the pie is sliced, it's in growing the pie for all participant/member corps to enjoy. More effort needs directed on the latter, and less on the former, IMO.
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  23. Rumors fly in every direction. I heard a rumor that INT is about halfway thru the show.
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  25. The "one down" was not in reference to you leaving the activity behind. It was about you not clicking the link to get the full story.
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  26. Actually, most of us are saying "you're shittiing me" over people's inability to click the link...
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  27. Pretty shocked no one has brought this up yet:
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  28. BAC 2017. " Some people should be afraid.... very afraid "
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  30. We're officially engaged in a discussion of the definition of the word "uniform". Please June, come soon. We need you.
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  31. You really had to see this show live to fully appreciate it. Were they dirtier than BD and Crown? You bet. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable show to watch. Oozing GE, and enough achievement to keep them in the mix. That monster of a show design was going to win regardless of how technically proficient those below them were. They sold that show and deserved the win.
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  32. Give him a break dude. He's not obligated to answer any questions.
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  33. Came across this Rose Parade clip from the stands this evening. What do you do when a float ahead of you breaks down during a parade? Why rock the crowd of course! The musical staff in the stands trying to get the attention of several corps members (I'm assuming one or more their drum majors) following Uptown Funk is pretty entertaining. But they finally get their attention to face the grandstand and give folks a nice taste of drum corps head on. Must have been pretty awesome, especially for those not familiar with the activity.
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  34. Let me be the second to point out that this is incorrect. Anyone who has ever performed in a mixed acoustic/electronic/amplified environment knows that there are myriad challenges involved. The way that Bluecoats has handled this over the past 3 years -- taking into account the setup and teardown of the electronic environment, mixed in with handling the props and staging, plus the changing venue considerations, including indoor and outdoor variations -- is nothing short of wizardry.
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  37. No. I think it's better to keep your mouth shut and lead with your actions. That's been the problem with Cadets over the past few years. They overload us with information which leads to many of us "hypemachines" to generate an excessive amount of anticipation about their show and conjecturing about their possibly being unstoppable; finishing with disappointment in the end (yes, I am certainly about the position in which they place finals night so I am not gonna sugarcoat it at all). While I find it completely reasonable to keep your audience engaged year round, too much information leads to the aforementioned results. At least if we wait until the show actually is on the field in competition with the rest of the competing corps, we can guage where each corps might possibly end up.
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  38. Well said. (And the eight ball might be more accurate than some posters here!!) It seems that some folks are just throwing buckets of cold water everywhere! If a poster wants to make an argument from facts, they are free to do so. If a poster wants to just hype a corps, they are ALSO free to so.. I personally feel PR may indeed improve this season. My reasons : Cartwright+Moreno+Pitts.
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  39. Yes, I played snare for 3 years, 1976, 77, 78 Marched next to ScoJo. I know I probably have no credibility now, but this post is true.
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  40. Back when I marched in BD, each member was assigned a personal assistant. When we arrived at our next housing site in the morning, all the assistants had to go out and cover our spots in the rehearsal while the members slept. The assistants also performed in prelim shows when they were held the same day as evening finals, while the members only performed at the night show.
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  41. I really believe the arts would be better AND the "NEA" would be better if the organization was taken into the private sector through reorganization It should be a private entity, NGO, non-partisan. Not a government entity or role IMO Reorganizing it as an NGO would probably increase donations and impact. JMO
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  42. You're really stretching for this one. This is a discussion of a (potential) government action. In this sense, it's akin to noise ordinances affecting corps practices or copyright issues.
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  43. This is relevant, don't see why we can't have an adult discussion about it (though it's the Internet and people have already veered away from it). We don't have to agree either. I am definitely not a huge fan of this, there are certainly MANY other areas of the government that there is oversoending/waste/excess in. I think I read this and a few other things that are being targeted for defunding would account for .02% of the debt. And I think it is totally relevant to DCI. Even if it's just one kid who gets a new instrument that works because their program got a grant for new instruments and suddenly they find a passion for it, and then go on to do it in high school and maybe even do drum corps some day. It effects the potential future members, whether it be one kid or many. Big or small it has an impact. I know directors whose programs were hugely changed by grants for new equipment among other things. I am not happy about this. I don't think it's terrible to say that. You can disagree too, I don't care. This is something worth discussing. I'm just talking about this specific issue, not any administrations or people.
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  44. Definitely the most distinctive sounding percussion section. I can always tell it is them just by the tunings and rep. If I had to use one word to describe SCV percussion it would be ESNSEMBLE!
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  45. What the heck are you talking about? LOL. I guess I didn't make myself clear with how I worded that first line. These horns are NOT out of tune, with the right training. The Raiders didn't sound out of tune to me. And they have a good teaching staff. I mentioned "in the right hands" and "great brass teachers" in my earlier post. Why on Earth would great brass teachers want their players to play out of tune? Why would they want to put instruments in those players' hands that would lead to those players struggling to play properly? So... to sum up: In the right hands, with the proper teaching, I think these instruments are terrific. Again: In the right hands, with the proper teaching, I think these instruments are terrific. Is that better? Sheesh.
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  46. 2008 was a special year for Phantom Regiment... pulling off a huge upset at Finals Nite over BD, and the crowd going positively nuts with joy with their production of " Spartacus ". Sort of lost in that 2008 year of high drama, imo was the Cavaliers ( 3rd place ) production of " Samurai ". I really liked that show then. Sometimes, as the years go by, the show, music, might dull a bit. But for me, thats not been the case at all with this music, show from the Cavaliers. I loved the haunting melody moments in the show, and the percussion arrangements, with those drums, was very unusual and creative. 'Absolutely loved the sound of the Percussion arrangements across the board that year from the Cavaliers. Very fitting arrangements that fit the show theme of the " Samurai " well. Costumes were awesome. I think, because of the universal accolades that Phantom got for 2008, that this Cavaliers show fits my definition of " underrated ". I could easily have seen this quality show winning it all perhaps if it was not 2008.
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  47. I think this poll needs another option...Undead.
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  48. This whole discussion is a good example of why the judges judge the show on the field and not the one on the DVD. I'll take the judges result any day.
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  49. I liked the early DCI judge uniforms.... the baseball caps the judges wore all seemed to be three sizes too big. LOL.
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  50. As much as everyone complains about rehashes, its fascinating to me that now people are defending it. Cadets normally do better when their shows include new music.
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