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  1. 17 points
    Huge shout out to Melissa "Mely" Salguerro for being awarded the Grammy Educator of the Year! She looked great last night in her black evening gown sitting next to James Corden.....just as great as she did when she wore the uniform of the Boston Crusaders where she played mellophone. Eat'em Up, Mely!!!
  2. 11 points
    Super proud of the work our members are doing to recruit new people to join Pioneer this year. Here is some insight into our original goals, and just how our students are rising to the occasion to achieve them and push to new heights! Trumpets: Minimum 18 (94.4% achieved at 17) Maximum 24 (70.8% achieved at 17) Mellophones: Minimum 14 (114% achieved at 16) Maximum 16 (100% achieved at 16) Euphoniums: Minimum 18 (72.2% achieved at 13) Maximum 24 (54.2% achieved at 13) Tubas: Minimum 10 (90% achieved at 9) Maximum 16 (56.3% achieved at 9) ____________________________________________________________ Total Hornline: 2017 Total: 28 2018 Minimum: 60 (91.6% achieved at 55) 2018 Maximum 80 (68.7% achieved at 55) _____________________________________________________________ TRUMPETS, BARITONE/EUPHONIUMS, and TUBAS! If you are still looking for a place to march this year, consider joining Pioneer as we march the largest hornline in corps history! We'd love to help you reach your goals. #GrowPio
  3. 10 points
    I'm not going to re-litigate this, but anyone who thinks that the staff people who went to BAC were motivated only by money are simply whistling past the graveyard. It is disingenuous to suggest that all is well in Allentown. And for the record, the design team at Boston who masterminded the 2017 production will confirm the fact that the BAC Exec Director didn't change a note, alter a drill move, or add a single prop to the show. He hired a team and let them do what they know how to do. Interesting concept.....
  4. 10 points
    1981 Madison Scouts. We were undefeated until we saw 27th Lancers about 5 weeks into the season. We shocked everyone, including ourselves when we won DCI Midwest finals in Whitewater, WI. Warhawk stadium went absolutely berserk when Blue Devils were announced in 2nd place. Every top drum corps was in this show, which will always be my single most favorite contest that I marched. This is the Madison show that is on the DCI Championship CD's because DCI finals in Montreal was not televised. We beat the eventual champion SCV in either our last or 2nd to last show before DCI Finals, I believe by more than 1 point. We went into Montreal championship week with a good shot to win it all. but fell short finishing in 3rd place. Fun fact... I can still play the entire Snare Drum book. I'll never forget it.
  5. 9 points
    Maybe it's you? I have been a drum corps fan since the 70s. I've been to every DCI since 1990. I don't remember a time when people weren't complaining about the Cadets' design choices. Pick your problem. Props? Voice? Pop music? Obscure music? Add to your list too many gimmicks, too literal and too cerebral. The situation the past eight years was no different than the eight before that and all the eights before. Maybe yo'u're cheering for the wrong team? I know a long-time drum corps fan - a BD fan - who for a lot of reasons only made it to one show in 2016: Finals. His favorite of the 12 from two years ago? Stoned. Statues. Awakening. Cadets. He's a sophisticated fan, someone who's been to dozens of DCI finals, Allentown and others. And not a Cadets fan. So why did he pick Cadets 2016? I've thought a lot about that. And the answer I think is he wasn't part of the endless, breathless discussion that summer. He didn't see the developing program dissected down to the last detail. All he saw was what the Cadets put on the field. He credited all they accomplished and only what he saw that night. Different from here and the judges sheets, he didn't attempt to reconcile what he saw and heard against criteria assembled by themselves and others in the weeks before. I don't like every design choice the Cadets have made. I do recognize, however, the Cadets aren't unique in that respect. There have been lots of bad design choice along with some good ones across the spectrum of corps. We just never cut the Cadets a break around here. HH
  6. 9 points
    Im super pumped to be marching my first year in World Class DCI! Probably be signing off this forum for good. Thanks to everyone for helping me learn more about the activity.
  7. 8 points
    Sir you must remove this post. Common sense is not allowed in online drum corps discussions
  8. 8 points
    Sorry, but if you only ever post negative comments on EVERYTHING...you don't get to make out like you're the victim after you're called out on it. Constructive criticism with a reasonable tone is fine. But if you're going to be negative all the time, maybe keep it to yourself. It gets old and predictable. This applies to every corps and every thread. Anyways, if you heard Cadets brass at camp, it was obvious they have an improved sound compared to 2017. And that's not surprising given they have 40-50 vets. And it's silly to say all horn lines sound good standing still. Are you saying you can't tell the difference between standing in front of a Crown horn arc and another corps? C'mon.
  9. 7 points
  10. 7 points
    I hear that. Until that recent post on this thread, I've never heard anyone describe Gino as a "weak link" on any staff he's ever been on. LOL. IMO, he is one of the two or three top brass teachers in the business, and has been for many years, with several corps in DCI and DCA. Any corps would be fortunate to have him on board.
  11. 7 points
    The music stands on its own. Unique because I’ve never heard it played by any other corps ever. The brass has a quality that is Similar to Cadets 2015 but with a Crown big full sound. Percussion is off the chain with a lot of ensemble difficulty and the front ensemble is amazing. Really it’s all medal quality. Have to see where it goes from here.
  12. 7 points
    When you are in charge, you are in charge. You get credit for the successes. You take blame for the failures. And that's the way it should be. To blame your problems on your staff is small. It's what politicians do. Jeff Ream is right. Everybody knows who is in charge. That's where the buck stops.
  13. 7 points
    Enjoyed Cadets camp today. I must say, the improvement in the brass line over last year is remarkable. This line can part your hair...a lot of focus on power. And the book is way more interesting than last year. Drew Shanefield is doing great stuff...he wrote a great book. Really happy with the Cadets right now. I believe this is the best foundation the corps has had to build on for several years. Today was the debut of the vocals at ensemble. Very surprised that I was impressed...not a big fan of vocals in drum corps. The singers are extremely talented and the vocal arrangements seem way better than previous attemps. The Cadets should go into spring training with a really solid product. What happens when they put the show on the field is the real test. We shall see how it turns out. Hopefully, the design staff won't shoot themselves in the foot again this sason...please!
  14. 7 points
    The costume is fine, but the artist clearly is unaware we lead off on the RIGHT leg!
  15. 7 points
    that's been the issue for 30 some years now. Some can't separate the kids from the leadership. So if you blast the leadership you're hurting the kids in their eyes. Given the leadership makes the corps all about him, it's easy to see why many people dislike him/the organization. So like many, Jim, myself and other may not like the leadership, but will help the kids. I've donated to several MM's over the years, even if i wasn't a fan of the leadership.
  16. 7 points
    We already know your opinion on everything concerning Cadets
  17. 7 points
  18. 7 points
    This is a big challenge. As a long time food truck volunteer, this is a constant priority and yet a struggle nonetheless. Over the years we usually had a dozen or two individuals every tour who were vegetarians or had specific dietary needs. We accounted for them each and every meal, but it was never perfect. Our failures were seldom for lack of consideration. There were times when our execution came up short. There were other times when certain individual's expectations just weren't realistic. Just like at home, sometimes the fridge isn't well stocked, limiting the options. Other times we nailed it (my vegan tofu masala was a big hit!). One of the biggest challenges we faced was protecting the "special" meals from those simply shopping for other options. I'm not blaming those on special diets. Nor am I letting the cooks off the hook. I'm just saying cooking for 200 four times a day isn't easy. Everyone - those with special needs and those without - has room to complain. Just be sure to thank the cook too. HH
  19. 6 points
    When we work together, as a team, we can do something like this:
  20. 6 points
    I want to thank the Boston Crusaders for allowing us to be there today. It was a pleasure. Such a wealth of talent is a joy to witness.
  21. 6 points
    Hung out with Brasso and his friend at camp today and the staff has definitely written a book to be considered a medal contender. Strong Boston Strong.
  22. 6 points
    it's February. who knows where it'll go. Plus here's the thing...the days of Cadets/Cavies/BD then everyone else is over. Crown and Bloo entered the fray, Boston is making moves, SCV is back in the game....the competition at the top has never been better.
  23. 6 points
    Did they recruit Slender Man?
  24. 6 points
    I marched the first three years of Spirit of Atlanta, but my favorite year was our second year, 1978. We had finished in 23rd place at 1977 finals in Denver, so no one was expecting much out of our sophomore effort, despite having a lot of returnees from a year of almost all rookies. Jim Ott began telling us in the spring of 1978 that we had something special, but his words really didn't click with us until we got to the second show of tour, in Cedarburg, Wisc. That night, the crowd was electric, and we began to feed off the crowd's reaction to our still very-new corps from the South. The audience shot to their feet when we hit the company front in Let It Be Me, and remained standing for the rest of the show. It was pretty much like that the rest of the season, which was so much fun because NO one was expecting the sound that Jim Ott coaxed from us. We ended up the year in 6th place, missing the high horns trophy (which would later be named for Jim) by a mere .05. Not too shabby considering that only two of the horn players had ever even held a bugle before our first rehearsal for the previous season.
  25. 6 points
    DCI should have a show announcement day, similar to when the top High School Football player announce what College they will attend. As a business and marketing guy, rather than announce at the last minute, I would want the most time possible to promote my upcoming product.
  26. 6 points
    I always love when people I've purposely ignored choose to comment on what I've said as if I'm gonna change what I said. We've had enough hype posts in the past 7(?) years that I am entitled to feel the way I do just as those are entitled to feel the way they do.
  27. 6 points
    Which is going to play Maria, and which is going to play Tony ?
  28. 6 points
    Does anyone in Hollywood have an original idea?
  29. 5 points
    I think there's pretty much nothing to see here. "Synergy" is simply as described above...putting the pieces together where the final product comes together in a big way. The use of the word is nothing more or less than the evolution of the vernacular. I attend marching band critiques every fall where the judges (most of whom are DCI judges) use words like "vertical linears" instead of "files"....and we have "Visual Performance" judges, not "M&M" judges. :) Nothing sinister coming out of Boston. Yet.
  30. 5 points
  31. 5 points
    I know the members felt honored to have you all! As a parent, I love hearing the report!! What an exciting year!
  32. 5 points
    We were there for ensemble. Emotional and powerful. Captures you from the very beginning and keeps coming at you.
  33. 5 points
    Guess now I have to. I wonder who my favorite corps is right now. LOL This list could change pretty much every hour, I have a lot of recent shows on there, and that's more due to the fact they're the shows I've followed, watched develop, and saw live. They're the shows I connect with, I am not ignorant of the great history of the activity I promise, just my generation I guess. I threw this together pretty quickly too so I'm almost sure I'm forgetting someone very important here. After the top two you could probably shuffle them and I wouldn't care about the order. 2015 Bluecoats on first viewing is probably the most shell shocked a show has ever left me, and that's why I'll put it on top. It felt like I was watching and listening to something I had never seen before. 2013 sewed the seeds, 2014 asserted themselves, and 2016 perfected what they've done as of late but IMO 2015 is the show that really made them who they currently are in terms of how they approach sound. Love all the music, the two minutes before the ballad are probably my favorite two minutes of drum corps ever and the whole show is just absolutely electric when I watch it. 2010 Blue Stars is the first good drum corps I saw in competition and was honestly a checklist of everything I love in a show; great and emotionally captivating theme, incredibly aggressive music, dark and loud brass, amazing percussion, and a pretty exhausting to watch visual program. This show is why I'm excited to see what they do every year. 2014 Bluecoats of course had the pitch bend but it was so much more than that to me. After some pretty complex shows being near the top it was refreshing to see a very simple concept executed so masterfully on so many levels in a way that was incredibly appealing. Amazing ballad that has gotten beaten to death in recent years, but back then it was so refreshing to hear someone just let a piece of music be what it is again and let the show breathe. And yes the ending is amazing. 2016 Bluecoats was a culmination of elements performed at a level that I had never seen before. Seeing those uniforms run out from behind the prop at the tour premier the first time was INCREDIBLY shocking, but holy hell it was exciting. The usage and integration level of the props was absolutely masterful, and they packaged it all with an incredibly unrelenting and just absolutely bombastic musical program that never ever ever let up in any regard. This show was like a rock concert in Denton for me, it was overwhelming in the absolute best of ways. It might be my "least" favorite of their recent medal run but it is still a show I absolutely adore. 1993 Star of Indiana is a cliche, but just getting rid of all the reasons people argue it's legendary I just love what it is. I love how they used space as well as silence and let the brass have incredibly variety in style and volume. The percussion is fantastic as a supporting voice and amazing and sparingly featured. The guard is pretty starkly simple but adds so much. And of course the closer is just straight up run and gun awesomeness. 2017 Boston Crusaders I had the pleasure of seeing twice and that's easily the most fun I've had seeing a show live. They executed this thing about as well as they could have, they truly maxed it out. Incredibly well told story, fantastic staging, incredible clarity in the music package, and incredible performances from all sections catapulted this one pretty high on my list pretty fast. I lept on my feet soooooo fast when I saw this show at the end, it was just pure energy. 2014 Blue Knights is among the small list of shows that made me shed a tear, and where I feel like voice overs were absolutely integral and made a show just work on all levels. What an incredibly beautiful, well told, and heart wrenching story they wove on the field that year.......IMO perfectly capturing what that moment before you pass is like when your life flashes before your eyes. At that time this was their strongest effort in quite awhile and it was just an absolute treat to watch. Seeing that show in Denver is a highlight of my live shows thus far for sure. 2017 Blue Devils started off as a show I did not like. At all. In any way shape or form. And then the Atlanta week happened where they really started to refine and add small details that brought it together into a show I have just fallen head over heals for. As a tribute to who they were, are, and will become it was just masterfully put together and really pulled at my heart during finals week. This show has probably turned me into a full fledged Blue Devils fan. 2015 Blue Knights IMO is the freshest musical program to grace the field as of late, they threw any kind of formulas or ways of doing things completely out the window and created a seamless, ethereal, and just stunning show. This is also when Mike Jackson's absolutely surreal percussion writing really took its footing and I fell in love with his and that teams work. And their usage of color........just stunning. 2010 Bluecoats is what really made me fall in love with them after they gave me my first live drum corps experience in 2009. I love shows that are dark and angry sounding and are all up in your face for twelve minutes. This show is that to a T. I do realize the synth bass gets nasty in this one but in a time when everyone was still figuring out the electronics menace they were hardly the only ones. 2011 The Academy is another show that was like a checklist for my personal enjoyment. Above all else I freaking love listening to this show. Every part of the show is incredibly exciting to listen to, and their brass and ESPECIALLY percussion were so hot that year. Loved the Hinshaw drill and the bonkers color usage in the guard as well. This is just straight up good drum corps. 1996 Phantom Regiment easily has one of my all time favorite openers in the 4th Ballet Suite, and the climax with the lone guard member spinning that oh so simple red silk sends chills down my spine every time. The whole show is just emotionally satisfying and brings to life the music of a composer whose life was filled with so much turmoil and aggression in Russia during that time. I think they captured the pure essence of what Shostakovitch is. 2016 The Academy is about the most fun I've had following a corps journey through a season. When I saw this show preseason on youtube I knew it would be special, but I had no idea it was going to end the way it did. The whole of finals night watching that online was so so so special, I can't imagine what that was like live making history. But above all that......what a show. Simple and masterfully executed storyline, amazing musical and visual moments throughout, their best performances ever in pretty much every caption and subcaption, and that closer.......it was a fairytale season for them. 2014 Blue Devils is a show that works on so many levels, it's a simple film show if you want to stop there but it's also so much more if you keep on digging. The ballad and closer blow me away every time I watch this one, and their level of performance that year was just never going to be caught. It was awe inducing to watch them that season. 1998 Glassmen has always been a show I loved for the simple fact it's just fantastic music and drill performed amazingly well. I love Borodin, I LOVE their percussion that year, and the Jamey Thompson visual program is just a treat to watch. Not much else to say than it's just the essence of what I like about drum corps. Honorable mention to the 1997 and 2016 Santa Clara Vanguard.
  34. 5 points
    Their new Independent World guard made their competitive premier today at WGI Indianapolis, a strong 3rd in prelims behind two contenders. . Super fun show, just like anything I expect out of that organization. They should have a great inaugural season.
  35. 5 points
    actually money wasn't an overall determining factor. Just because one guy held it together doesn't mean things change. For one of them, it also took away day job responsibilities, so did they really come out ahead financially? Sometimes, a team that has success has issues that pop up that keep the success from continuing. Could the money have been the icing on the cake? Possibly. But knowing the character of those involved, just assigning the blame solely on money is as ill informed as you claim it is to solely blame everything on George. In fact.....if it's such a great place to work, why is YEA turnover so high? I mean Justin was set up to be the heir apparent. Think he uprooted the family to Concord solely for money? He aint making that much. I once left a job because the workplace environment that had once been great sucked after a while. Luckily my services allowed me to get more money at the new gig, but if the old place had continued to run as it was, I never would have left.
  36. 5 points
    A return to big drill moves. It's taken me several years to realize that Visual is now more about rifles than cross throughs. Totally missing Phantom's block merges, Cadets' intricate reshapes, Cavies' geometric wizardry, and SCV's war-like maneuvers accompanying their thunderous brass.
  37. 5 points
    I would like to see the finishing order more topsy turvy throughout the season
  38. 5 points
  39. 5 points
    I want the Cadets to wow people again...don't care about their placement. And I want to see the return of head gear. The lack of head gear looks sloppy and takes away from the visual effect.
  40. 5 points
    I'd have to say, more restraint on electronic Bass. That fake bottom level really destroys the experience for me.
  41. 5 points
    Brian, yes they are! Thanks for your support! I will post pictures and a video from the March camp/Chicago Irish parade!
  42. 5 points
    I used to be a donor and helped some kids march. Jim drove for them for a couple years and pushed props around here in the Midwest when we were at shows. Whatever we did, we did for the members. Never once, did I think it was about me. Harming the organization? That seems a bit dramatic. I doubt we carry that big of a stick in the grand scheme of things. If The Cadets are harmed, it will be an implosion kind of harm.
  43. 5 points
    Welp I think this year they will either bounce back and find a modern groove, or fade into the vast number of corps that are kinda generic, make “okay” shows and chase trends
  44. 5 points
    sorry to dredge up an old thread....i try not to be that guy...but after talking to several people in Indy earlier this month, the issue IS on their radar. What will come of it, I can't say, but it is being discussed at multiple levels of the organization
  45. 5 points
    I also think ditching the Bernstein deal was for the best. Too many restrictions in having to get music arrangements approved. The music I heard at camp sounded more drum corps-esque, which should appeal to a wider audience
  46. 5 points
    I'll bring the thread back to the Cadets by appending my previous statement that Cadets have over 50 per cent vets in the 2018 hornline by adding that last year there were a very large number of age-outs and rook-outs August 2017. (how another corps used vocalists should be discussed on that corps'' thread.)
  47. 5 points
    In the hands of Steven Spielberg any movie can be great, but some films should be left alone. I would say leave "West Side Story" alone.
  48. 5 points
    Nice camp recap from Boston (on their website) where they say they've worked on putting the first 4 minutes of their program together and had a lot of housekeeping items reviewed with staff and membership. Far different than in my day. Unlike BITD, hey review medical, policies on reporting, hazing, DCI policy, physical assessments and on and on. Pretty cool to do a level set of expectations on being part of the org. It leaves no questions for everyone involved. The biggest takeaway so far is that there is significant improvement in brass players and music (difficult and complex book). I know we hear that from all org's., but Boston lately has been conservative in their descriptions about what they are doing. This is exciting news.
  49. 4 points
    I'm hoping for much, MUCH better year than 2017, 2016, and 2015 combined. I wish they would become competitive again. But time will tell.
  50. 4 points
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