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  1. These are some really fine people and I wish them great success as they move Excelsior to the next level.
  2. Thanks, CC. FD
  3. Ellis has been my drum corps pal for over 50 years. He's "given back" in many ways, by teaching, writing, financial support, and donating his legal expertise "pro bono" continually. I am asking my DCP colleagues to simply help get the word out by clicking here: http://kidney4ellis.blogspot.com In this fraternity, sometimes you just "know a guy who knows a guy". With gratitude, Frank Dorritie Ellis' Field Drums Blog: http://blog.fielddrums.com/
  4. Ellis has been my drum corps pal for over 50 years. He's "given back" in many ways, by teaching, writing, financial support, and donating his legal expertise "pro bono" continually. I am asking my DCP colleagues to simply help get the word out by clicking here: http://kidney4ellis.blogspot.com In this fraternity, sometimes you just "know a guy who knows a guy". With gratitude, Frank Dorritie Ellis' Field Drums Blog: http://blog.fielddrums.com/
  5. So, if you feel strongly that someone should be considered for the honor of DCI Hall of Fame membership, here's how you go about it: http://www.nmnathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=209964833&DB_OEM_ID=33500
  6. " It was the 1968 Air Force Academy Drum & Bugle Corps that introduced the Kenton Neophonic Orchestra sound ..." Well, yes, sort of. The Sunrisers and Marksmen in 1965 adapted the Kenton West Side Story charts. "Quintet" was arranged by John Sasso, "Something's Coming" by Dominick Del Ray. Both featured the "new" Whaley Royce mellophone, in G/D, with slip slide. The Marksmen were first out of the gate with this instrument, in 1964, I believe.
  7. The Grammy Finals Voting has commenced. In a couple of weeks we'll see whether the mayor of Rochester will declare "Steve Gadd Day".
  8. The Grammy Finals Voting is underway. We'll know in a couple of weeks if Steve gets to receive the trophy at the big retreat ceremony.
  9. My friend for 50 years. No one sounded like John, spoke like him, carried himself like him, arranged like him. One-of-a-Kind is no cliche when applied to John Arietano. Unforgettable.
  10. Re Doug Gibb: John, Thanks for the clarification. There were so many excellent Canadian corps and players, and they were so under-recorded and under-recognized south of the 49th Parallel.
  11. "...Sertomanaires, 60s,..." That soloist, was his name Gibbs? (I think Sam told me that a while back.) So musical, so hip. Other under-rated corps in my view were many, among them: St. Rita's Brassmen, Avant Garde, Philadephia PAL, Watkins Glenn, St. Raphael's, and later, the Osage Precisionnaires, Seattle Imperials. And there were many more who could entertain with equally great skill.
  12. I am hoping he wins the Grammy, and I will vote for him. After a career like his, it would be well-deserved. Steve's drumming on "Late in the Evening" is alone worthy of an award, and he's been throwing this stuff down for years, as you know.
  13. Fran would approve of Art Van Damme, I'll bet. Still, as Pepe would say, "Did ya ever win da Dream?" I never met an instrument I didn't like, but I really don't want to meet all of them on the field. For me, the real musical challenge in Drum Corps has always been to create great sounds with brass and percussion.
  14. Steve began in a small neighborhood corps in Rochester as a youngster, eventually marching with the Rochester Crusaders in the early-mid-'60s. They were a powerhouse who won the American Legion National Championships in 1965 in addition to several NY State titles and numerous major shows throughout that period. His major influence on Drum Corps was probably attributable to his subsequent drumming with Chuck Mangione and Chic Corea (another Drum Corps alum), whose music was covered by so many corps. Tunes like "Legend of the One-Eyed Sailor", "Echano", "Bellavia", "Children of Sanchez", "La Fiesta" and dozens more featured Steve prominently and his style was incorporated into the corps versions by many arrangers. Perhaps the most iconic example was the drum lead-in to "Legend", first performed by the Blue Devils in the '70s, arranged by Rick Odello, current director of the Blue Devils B and C corps.