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  1. Hi, Rich. Disclaimer: I am not a drummer, but...did a little research here including reading a couple of customer reviews. While this carrier has a lot of advantages, one of them is not the ability to adjust to fit all body types. I suggest you either return it or donate it to the HS band program of your choice, then contact the folks at either Lone Star Percussion or Innovative Percussion for their expert advice and recommendation. There are other carriers available more suitable for your purpose. Pearl may even have a better model. Good luck, and rock on.
  2. Little-known Grateful Dead fact: Mickey Hart's parents both played in drum corps, which got him interested in drumming. His dad, Lenny Hart, was a national champion snare (1939 World's Fair), and mom played tenor. There's a photo of Mickey in his high school drum line uniform in his book, Drumming on the Edge of Magic. Books are better sources of information than I-Phones, and you usually don't get run over from behind while using them.
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    Switching from G to Bb/F instruments, what year?

    Trivial factoid: When the Blue Devils first played "Bird and Bela in Bb" in 1991, it was on G bugles. To perform it authentically in Bb concert, they would have had to play it in "bugle Eb". They didn't. It probably should have been titled "Bird and Bela in Bb, Sort Of". One assumes the other Bloo corps in 2018 is actually performing the piece in the stated key. Comparing both, I think one would find very little to quibble about with respect to intonation in either case.
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    A Look Back at 1971-1972

    1971 was a kind of baptism for me.The previous season I had been the assistant brass instructor for Garfield, under my mentor the incomparable John Sasso. When he left in the Fall to start his own company, I got a battlefield promotion and became the "temporary" caption head by default while a search went on for his replacement. As time went on, we needed music for the Revolutionary War show that John and the rest of the staff (Hugh Mahon, Bobby Hoffman, Pete Emmons, George Tuttle, Ray Cappiccile) had already planned. I took a shot at writing the "Yankee Doodle" opener. The heavies were pleased, the search cancelled, and I got to arrange the rest of what became a pretty controversial show in a year of many such productions. Having never written anybody's entire show before, I was overjoyed, but I also knew I was in way over my head. Thankfully, they hired the brilliant Larry Schillings to teach brass technique. At least he had an actual music degree. The show's strongest impact came from the fertile minds of Hoffman and Emmons, who decided that the mandatory color presentation should consist of Battle Hymn (admittedly an anachronism for 1776) with a dozen or so American flags showcased in a Peace Sign. Imagine the reaction of the Legion and VFW folks at those national 1971.
  5. A very astute analysis from FLBuzcut.
  6. ".. trying to picture a rumble between those groups. " In today's NYC, I can understand that sentiment, but in the city of the 1940s and even into the '50s things weren't always so copacetic between those groups. Both were essentially immigrants, competing for jobs, housing and other resources. Parents of many of the Jewish teens were recent Eastern European refugees who had fled Nazi occupation. There was a resentment on the part of the other groups who were slightly better established and considered themselves "true" Americans. If this scenario is beginning to sound familiar, perhaps that suggests why a new West Side Story might be rather poignant right about now. "Somewhere..." One can only hope.
  7. The World Drum Corps Hall of Fame is seeking photos of the Lancers to include in it's induction tribute to a couple of its most prominent alumni, Chick Corea and Jim Wedge. Should you have any photos, or know of anyone who is likely to, please send me a message through this forum. Many thanks. Frank Dorritie topsop Membership Chair, WDCHOF
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    Audubon bon bons

    In their prime, the Bon Bons were a perennial Top 5 Drum Corps, at the national level. It's true that their drum section was exceptional, and Rita Macey (Bernert) (World Drum Corps Hall of Fame) won the National Individual Snare Drum Championship, defeating the best of the day, some of whom went on to write for and teach other national champions. But their brass section was equally prodigious, and the arrangements, by Hall of Famer Rip Bernert (Rita's future husband), were among the most creative and skillfully constructed ever to appear on the field. There have been other great "all-girl" corps as well, like the ND-Ettes, Les Eclipses, St. Ignatius, and earlier, the Bengal Guards of Orange, Texas, but Audubon was consistently the most dominant of them all on a National level.
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    Been a Long Time....

    So many Junior Corps kids were at that show. Their seasons were over, for the most part. It was "date night". Reading won, deservedly, but the Hurcs represented the home town fans with a very strong challenge, based on superior marching, if I recall. Personally, I thought NY was best, but I was always a sucker for Dreitzer charts and Tommy and Bucky solos. No one knew it yet, but the whole world was beginning to change because Juniors were figuring out touring, with the Troopers in the lead. Once that became the norm, the old guys, who only rehearsed once a week, would eventually be eclipsed skill-wise by kids who went on the road for a month at a clip. It took a few years, but was inevitable. Still, that night, the giants still ruled the earth, and we all knew it.
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    Been a Long Time....

    Probably not. DCA was a closed club then, with a championship for just the founding members, I believe. The following year, '66, other corps, among themThe Sunrisers and Hawthorne, were permitted to compete in DCA shows, including the championship.
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    Been a Long Time....

    Good detective work !
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    Been a Long Time....

    Were there not a couple of jr corps exhibitions at that first DCA Championship, or am I lust having a hazy '60s flashback?
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    Been a Long Time....

    Ok, Andy, but for those of us from NYC, anything north of Yonkers was "Bridgeport". I think you're just attempting to steer us away from what some of the Skyliners perpetrated on Sousa's music that evening. About half the lead sops tried to play the piccolo obbligato in Stars and Stripes, and that was after several helpings of "soup", I think. Let's just say the resulting sound was something never before imagined on the field. It was positively psychedelic.
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    Been a Long Time....

    Probably just preoccupied. Were any of you present at the first DCA Championships in Bridgeport in '65 to witness the retreat fiasco, when the plan was to have all participants play "Stars and Stripes" as they marched en masse from the back sideline? Of course, few of them had actually bothered to learn the piece, so there was lots of "improvising". The result was a kind of "Charles Ives meets Sousa at Thelonious Monk's House". Indescribable chaos. A drum corps Electric Kool Aid Acid moment.
  15. JFLB, I also sent you a PM on this. FD