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    Cadets 2018

    With the Cadets a shoo-in for 7th tonight, their lowest placement in 36 years, where do they go from this flawed yet enjoyable show to medal in 2018? What has to change music, drill, staff, and design wise? Let's get this ball rolling. I believe in you, Cadets!
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    Crossmen 2018

    There it is! Thank you.
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    Crossmen 2018

    No Thurston lick this year?
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    Carolina Crown 2018

    This corps is going to look great. First "themed uniform" to remind me of early '90s Star of Indiana, which was themed uniforms done right.
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    Cadets 2018

    Sounds like Sensemaya to me.
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    Madison Scouts 2018

    According to Reddit, Madison will not be returning to a traditional uniform for 2018, despite a less theme-centered show design.
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    All time shows: Madison Scouts

    Favorite 1995 1999 1991 1998 1993 Least Favorite 2017 2009 2015
  8. The only way this could ever conceivably happen is if all the other top 25 corps said, "f it we are going old school." The only way that could ever conceivably happen is if DCI reverted the rules and scoring to a previous incarnation. And the only way that could ever happen is if the member corps themselves were not the ones in charge of DCI and its rules.
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    Cadets 2018

    Seems like Cadets will just be a corps that uses a vocalist section each year, just like there are corps that use a cymbal section each year.
  10. Crown finals gaffe seems only second to BD 1989 in history, third being SCV 2015. Curious as to whatever gaffes were patched over for the VHS tapes/DVDs.
  11. Interesting to see what will happen with Carolina Crown's show on the DVDs.
  12. I don't really know what changed, and I've always found post-2000 drum corps mostly incredible (even if there's stuff I've hated), but four days after finals I can safely say 2017 has been my favorite year in a while from an entertainment standpoint. Some observations: Designs and concepts have been largely mature, and pieced together maturely, rather than insipidly as has happened in the past. Gone are the preachy, one-dimensional, kindergartener-esque themes I remember from some shows not too long ago. Enigma, Wicked Games, It Is and Ouroborous were all refined themes with integrity of meaning that could stand up to artistic scrutiny. There is even flexibility for essentially "themeless" drum corps shows like Jagged Line, diversity that should be more than welcome again. The closest to missing the mark were Phantom Regiment (and only because of the repeated voiceover and its implementation) and perhaps Blue Stars, in its cliche and limited depth. Musical design is more mature as well, flows much better and seems much more listenable. Source music across the board was the most substantial as I can remember it being recently, and same goes with the integrity of the arrangements. Corps are doing a much better job presenting music, rather than "using" it to support a theme, and there is more seamlessness and less chop-and-bop as a result. One corps even played a good minute or two of music with almost identical arrangements as their 1983 and 1990 shows, which is the true test. I'm not really sure what changed, since arrangers remain mostly the same, but I do feel the pendulum has swung back in the right direction. Hornlines are starting the emphasize volume again. I'm talking sustained, full-out ensemble moments featured meaningfully throughout every show as a default mode of musical presentation, reminiscent of the characteristic shows of the '90s. Tone quality hasn't been sacrificed per se, but 15 years after Frameworks, corps don't seem to be focusing on it at the expense of volume anymore. Even younger corps like the Crossmen, who would sound tiny (think their 2008 Planets show) as a result of pedagogical concerns, sounded big this year. Could just be that I was sitting on the 50 on row 9, but there a ton of moments I can remember of just pure sustained power, or HUGE successive stabs of brass and percussion that were actually somewhat visceral, especially from corps like Boston, Bluecoats, Crown and SCV. Possibly the season during wish I barely even wished for what I was hearing to be played on G bugles, which was surprising to me. Pacing of when the full ensemble plays, and thus of shows in generally musically, is night and day even from last year. In 2016 virtually every show would start with a full corps buildup to a hit, followed by *only the percussion* playing for the next minute or two. It would basically set the stage for the brass not really being an integral part of the show. This year seemed to eschew that construction completely. Not sure how this changed so quickly, and this year could've been a fluke. (SCV still had issues with this this year, my literal only gripe about this show.) At many of the outdoor venues I was at, especially Chester, amplification was overbearing. But being in Lucas Oil for three days made it clear that the balance and volume are intended for the acoustics of that stadium. Somehow the amplified elements seems less piercing, and more willing to blend. Even the thunderous goo wasn't as egregious as I can remember in recent years when I sat even higher up. What other observations have you noticed after this season, and what have you noticed about these in particular?
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    Carolina Crown 2017

    I suspect this will be a hugely unpopular opinion, but after going back to the 2017 preview show, I can't help but feel that the singer got *worse* as the season progressed. The elephant in the room is obviously the mic issues during championships, obviously not her fault. The removal of an entire verse of hers was not thought through well at all. At first I supported the change, but the piece really doesn't communicate with the melody, which she had, dropping out for so long. At the very least they could have rewritten the brass to account for this break in the flow. The lyrics also lack continuity with that verse taken out. Her tone somehow sounded better during the preview show. I'm not sure what the voice coach was really going for. The rhythmic flourishes she was forced to add ("Iiii've, heardit saiddd") did not help matters at all. Listen to her open it during the preview show, with the rhythm as written (straight eighth notes) and tell me it doesn't work much better. Somehow, probably due to the coaching, she started saying "becose" instead of a normal "because" as she did in the preview show. I guess this is a vocal thing, but I couldn't help be distracted later in the season every time she said it that way. Of course, very few of these if any are her fault, but I couldn't help notice when I went back on a whim.
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    How About Some Common Ground?

    Should show in GE and performance (and should've shown enough to drop Crown to 4th on finals night).
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    A Drum Corps Fan's Dream Part Tres

    The implementation of the Thurston lick at the end of this year's Crossmen show was pretty faithful I think. Best in a while.
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    Madison Scouts 2018

    Use the 1988-2002 uniform. Just to out-uniform literally everyone else on the field. To have a 14-year-old look at them and say "THAT's the corps I want to march." Why not?
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    Carolina Crown 2018

    Still can't believe that happened. This will be the example used for years to come...
  18. Well, I don't know if this Santa Clara show can win, but if any performance could do it, it was the one we just saw. Holy ****.
  19. Overheard in the stands: "On the bright side, what we just saw is why Crown is never using a vocalist again."
  20. Ohhhhhh my God. We may have just witnessed the best Boston Crusaders performance of all time. Absolutely fantastic Finals performance.
  21. Sounds like SCV alumni is using a mixed Bb/G line? Would have been cool to hear on all G. Still, incredible
  22. Is that supposed to be a stylized San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on BD's snares?
  23. Take out all the voice and design more creatively to portray the witchcraft and trial theme, and you've got one of my favorite shows ever.