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  1. ENCORPS, NJ's newest Drum Corps al, Wishing you, your staff and the corps great success. Frank
  2. 1964...World Open...Hedges Stadium in Bridgeport...Casper Troopers in exhibition... They didn't make finals, but we all knew we were looking at the future.
  3. All time shows: The Colts

    Re Corps8294 comment " Absolute favorite is 1985. ": I'm kind of partial to that one, myself. Robb Muller had what was then a radical notion: put multiple trap sets in the pit and stage a drum battle during "Sing, Sing, Sing". During an era of very entertaining shows, this one ranked with the best of them. Incidentally, if you watched the Super Bowl Halftime last Sunday you may have seen some of Robb's current students. The Colts have had some real artistic successes. My favorite is the Sondheim-themed show, arranged so skillfully by Chuck Naffier.
  4. Ray was a stalwart drum corps guy, the very definition of dependable. My deep condolences to his family and his countless drum corps friends.
  5. Dr. Dan Richardson passes

    Dr. Dan was a true gentleman, who earned respect by first extending it to others.
  6. Hearty congratulations to Bob, Ray, John, Larry, Butch and Patrick. It's especially gratifying to see Ray Eyler honored. He is a true drum corps Renaissance Man: soloist, instructor, adjudicator, and mentor to so many of us by virtue of his masterful achievements in all those areas.
  7. Freelancers in 1984 movie

    I had never heard that anecdote. What a great story! The Cambridge Cabs were a very progressive group. I think I wore out 2 or 3 copies of the 1960 LP, "Horns Aplenty" which features a cover photo of the corps performing an outdoor concert at the band shell. The great Al Saia wrote the brass book, Don Benedict, the drum charts. Prince's Scotty Chappell scripted the drill. Their version of Maleguena set the standard for all the others that followed.
  8. Freelancers in 1984 movie

    I hear that. It was Nelson's lush and swinging arrangements that showcased all those legendary Sinatra hits. Later that year ('84) I was in Japan to work with the Yokohama Inspires, and my hosts took the staff to see the touring show wherein he and Linda Ronstadt were appearing. When I mentioned we had met at that Freelancers shoot, the concert promoter ushered us backstage to say hello. Nelson was very gracious and made a point to compliment the Freelancers and drum corps in general, much to the delight of the Yokohama crew. I asked him how he found working with Linda. It's fortunate that not everyone in the room spoke English, as his reply would not be printable here. Suffice it to say it resembled a controversial comment at a recent White House meeting.
  9. Freelancers in 1984 movie

    I don't know what the financial arrangements were, but the experience for the corps members was priceless. Just being around Nelson Riddle, A-list actors and a professional film crew was a real treat. It definitely encouraged the performers to raise their game in every respect for the rest of the season. I remember that shoot at Lincoln Center in '68 for Sweet Charity. Shirley MacLaine was a hoot. We used the cash to charter the plane to New Orleans, where we won Legion Nationals. The Skyliners used their share to buy a set of the new G/F horns. Both corps benefited greatly.
  10. Freelancers in 1984 movie

    Because of the PBS broadcasts, drum corps in the mid-80s was enjoying some pretty significant exposure throughout the professional media world. The film producers had decided to shoot this lightweight comedy partially at the Sacramento Railroad Terminal museum in Old Town and envisioned a "marching band" component for this scene. The Freelancers were a perfect fit, and the lead cast members, George Kennedy and Barbara Eden, were definitely not lightweights; neither was the music director, the legendary Nelson Riddle. I was on the Freelancers brass staff that season. John Zimny had modified the "Choo-Choo" chart Ken Norman had originally done for the Kilts. Perhaps the best moment came when Mr. Riddle arrived at corps rehearsal with his recording crew. I had prepped the corps members as to his prominence and the protocol of applauding when he entered the room. As he and his entourage walked through the door I said, "Maestro, these are the Sacramento Freelancers" and, on cue, the kids stood and began to applaud. Without missing a beat, Mr. Riddle took off his hat and did a little Gene Kelly "Singin' in the Rain" pirouette, dancing across the room. Clearly, formality was not his thing.
  11. "What is Hip?" is always a good question. Throughout their history, "Minnesota Brass" has been a good answer.
  12. "Donga, Donga", as they say. Merry Eastern Rite Christmas to you, too. Be careful while you're there, though. Don't get compromised by any Russian agents.
  13. Vince Macciocchi's name may not be familiar to most readers here, but he was a prime mover in the world of drum corps. Dating back to the 50's, Vince was a driving force within the Canadian Drum Corps activity whose influence spanned from the Jolly Jesters (whose approach preceded the Bridgemen by 20 years) to the Canadian Commanders, quite possibly the single most powerful corps ever to emerge north of the 49th parallel. He was a World Drum Corps Hall of Fame Inductee by virtue of these and other major accomplishments. May his memory be honored by all who are involved in this activity for as long as drum corps itself persists.
  14. If you are within 100 miles of an Al Chez clinic, hop in the car and drive over. Should you be further away, check airline schedules. Either way, he's not to be missed.
  15. I always liked this quote. It came from a middle-aged nun who taught "Medieval and Renaissance Art" at Manhattan College in the '60s. (Think "Sister Wendy"): "You'll hear that art imitates life. I can assure you the reverse is also true."